‘Conviction’ premiere turns emotional

Fox Searchlight film shows appeal at screening

It was an emotional night Tuesday for some of the attendees at Fox Searchlight’s premiere of “Conviction.”

Occasional sniffling could be heard during the screening held at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences in BevHills.

Even star Hilary Swank, who stood arm-in-arm with Betty Anne Waters, choked up when talking about Waters, whom she portrays.

“Betty Anne is someone I carry in my heart every day,” Swank said. “She has taught me the important aspect of being selfless.”

Following the screening, the film’s director, Tony Goldwyn, and cast including Sam Rockwell, Minnie Driver, Melissa Leo and Juliette Lewis were joined by a group of men who had been exonerated through the Innocence Project, depicted in the film.

Waters’ brother, played by Rockwell, died shortly after having been released from prison.

Still, Waters maintained a positive outlook, saying, “Kenny died free, surrounded by his family and friends, and I think that’s the best you can have in life.”

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