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The Fear of 13

THE FEAR OF 13 is a psychological thriller, where Nick, a death row inmate, petitions the court to be executed. As he goes on to tell his story, it gradually becomes clear that nothing is quite what it seems. His story has all the twists and turns of classic crime drama with a final shocking twist casts everything in a new light.

Director: David Sington
Year: 2015
Time: 96 min

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Related Articles and Resources

Interview with David Sington

(…) the story is really “Can he become someone who is worthy of other people’s love?”. That is really what it’s about.

Read the full interview here.

The Innocence Project Interview Nick Yarris

“Nick Yarris was convicted in 1982 of a rape and murder he did not commit and was sentenced to death in Pennsylvania. He was one of the state’s first death row inmates to demand post-conviction DNA testing to prove his innocence. Yarris spent 21 years in prison—many of which he spent in solitary confinement—until in 2003 DNA testing of crime scene evidence excluded him as the perpetrator and his conviction was vacated.”

Read the interview here.

The Fear of 13 – The Film Producer’s Unbreakable Promise

“That was the day I made a promise to Nick to make the film, and making such a pledge is not something you do lightly. From that moment on you become part of their life, and that comes with certain responsibilities, which I was acutely aware of in Nick’s case.”

Continue reading here.

Death Penalty Information Center

Since 1973, more than 150 people have been released from death row with evidence of their innocence.

Find out more here.

DNA Exonerations in the United States

Statistics and facts about DNA exonerations in the states.

Read then on the Innocence Project website.

How Prison Literacy Programs Can Fix America’s Mass Incarceration Problem

“There are times when being ranked number one in the world is no cause for celebration—and that’s the unfortunate case for the United States’ staggering incarceration rate, which is five to ten times higher than incarceration rates in other democratic nations.”

Read the full article here.


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