PRESS RELEASE — Friday, July 5, 2013
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July 12 DIALOGUE Features Filmmaker Dawn Porter

— Airs Friday, July 12, at 7:30 p.m. MT/PT — Repeats Sunday, July 14 at 5:00/4:00 p.m. MT/PT

On the July 12 DIALOGUE, host Marcia Franklin interviews filmmaker Dawn Porter, whose documentary, Gideon’s Army, aired on HBO on July 1 and is available on HBO Go and HBO on Demand. The program follows three young public defenders in the South as they struggle not only to help their clients, but also to stay afloat financially and emotionally.

Porter’s next film, Spies of Mississippi, is slated to air on PBS. It details how the state of Mississippi recruited blacks to spy on civil rights activists in order to undermine their movement.

Gideon’s Army takes its name from the seminal 1963 U.S. Supreme Court decision, Gideon v. Wainwright, which held that all Americans, regardless of their economic status, are entitled to a defense attorney when accused of a crime.

Franklin asks Porter, who is also an attorney, why she wanted to make the film and how she pursued the stories in it, including the challenges she faced filming trials. The two also talk about how the public defense system is faring 50 years after the Gideon decision. Porter also describes her next film, Spies of Mississippi.

In a special Web extra available at, Franklin talks with Porter about the resources available to filmmakers to help develop their projects.

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