Tribeca: 'Dream/Killer' Doc Digs Into a Father's Fight to Free His Son (Exclusive Video)
The documentary, which follows Bill Ferguson's journey to find justice for his convicted son, will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival next month.
On the heels of hot "did he do it?" series Serial and The Jinx, the doc Dream/killer, which follows Bill Ferguson as he tries to free his son from a 40-year prison sentence for a brutal murder, is set to premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in April.
The film depicts Ferguson's nine-year endeavor to overturn a 2001 verdict, in which his son Ryan Ferguson was allegedly wrongfully convicted of a murder based on somebody else's dream. Here, The Hollywood Reporter debuts the trailer for the gripping doc.
In November 2001, Columbia Daily Tribune sports editor Kent Heitholt was strangled in the newspaper's parking lot. The murder went unresolved for two years, until Chuck Erickson remembered that he was partying near that area with one of his friends, Ryan, that night. He dreamt that he had been involved in the murder and consequently confessed to the crime in real life, as well as implicating that Ryan had been an accomplice.
The documentary uses archival footage from when Ryan was first arrested, interviews with him in prison, and court hearings, to reveal the strengths and the flaws of the American judicial system. The arguments of the ruthless prosecutor and Ryan's defense attorney are also depicted to show how easily the system is influenced.
The trailer reveals the tight bond between Bill and his son, and the father's underlying motive to find justice for his child.
The film will premiere exclusively at Tribeca Film Festival on April 19. It was directed by Andrew Jenks and produced by Chip Rosenbloom and Dylan Ratigan.
Watch the trailer above.