Last year, I chronicled the saga of Michael Morton, who was wrongly convicted of murdering his wife, Christine, in 1987 and was later exonerated by DNA testing after serving nearly a quarter century behind bars.
Shortly after Michael was freed in 2011, he was approached by acclaimed documentary filmmaker Al Reinert. The two men collaborated on An Unreal Dream, a feature-length documentary about Michael’s odyssey through the criminal justice system, which premiered on Monday at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin. (There are additional screenings this week on Wednesday and Saturday.) Reinert, who was a staff writer at Texas Monthly during the seventies and wrote some of the magazine’s finest stories, made the Academy Award-nominated