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Q: Your documentary, “After Innocence,” won major honors at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and other prestigious venues. It opened here at the Tribeca Film Festival, with special appearances by some of the ex-inmates you tracked — men who spent decades behind bars for violent crimes they did not commit. How did you manage to co-write and co-produce this moving film while holding down your day job as a litigation associate at Dreier? A: It’s been two years of a whole lot of late nights and weekend work. I used vacation time for the location filming. Q: Where do you get the energy? A: I feel deeply about this film, so the work is not arduous. And I always make time for the gym. I try to work out five times a week. Sometimes I hit the wall. Like on Tuesday of last week, I was really exhausted. I did a deposition that took seven hours, then I went up to Fox TV to tape a segment, then to the Tribeca premiere, and then to the late-night party. Q: What are you doing at Fox? A: A series about innocent prisoners. There are some amazing guys who didn’t make it into the film. They’re heroes. They persevered against the worst you can imagine. Q: Where do you get your passion? A: I always had an idea there were people in jail who shouldn’t be. This was before DNA evidence. I have a sensitivity for injustice. I’m for the underdog. The reason I went to [the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law] was because of the Innocence Project. Q: Where did your interest in filmmaking begin? A: My last semester at [the University of Pennsylvania], I took as many film courses as I could. Then I took an acting course as a lark. It gives you the same rush as athletics. Q: You act? A: I’ve done a ton of off-off Broadway, and I’ve had small roles in the soaps and independent films. And I had a part in Spike Lee’s “25th Hour.” Q: What do you want to accomplish with the documentary? A: I want to create change with a national campaign behind the film during its theatrical release this October. I’ve got two short-term goals. First, we need to get compensation statutes passed for the exonorees. That’s a state-by-state proposition. Second, I want funding for the “Life After Exoneration Project” to help our guys readjust. We’re already at work. Our guys are activists for change. They don’t want handouts; they want help. They want jobs, they want homes, they want peace. Next year, we’ll probably get compensation statutes in Pennsylvania and Florida. Q: Why did you choose commercial litigation over criminal defense law as a career? A: I knew if I went into criminal law my abilities would be limited. If I went into commercial practice, I’d be able to go out and do my own work, which I am doing.

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