Focus Features and L.A. Times Studios have partnered to launch the new podcast miniseries Convicted: Across Borders, to be hosted by renowned attorney and bestselling author Marcia Clark.
The podcast, debuting in conjuction with the release of Focus’ new film Stillwater, is a special miniseries dedicated to the stories of crimes allegedly committed by Americans while traveling abroad.
Convicted: Across Borders features interviews with foreign policy experts, officials, the prisoners, their friends and family, and with Stillwater’s director Tom McCarthy and stars Matt Damon and Abigail Breslin.
The first episode will be available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and Google Podcasts platforms today, with additional episodes launching every Thursday through Thursday, August 19th. Convicted: Across Borders is produced by L.A. Times Studios and Treefort Media.
Each year, millions of Americans travel abroad and more than 3,000 are imprisoned. Many of them are wrongfully convicted and are told they will never go home again.
Listeners of the podcast will hear from the men and women who lived through these trials with host Marcia Clark. Through these stories, the podcast will explore how seemingly benign actions can lead to incarceration in foreign lands, how to navigate different legal systems when you don’t speak the language, and who one turns to when the closest help is thousands of miles away.
“These stories, never before told on a podcast, are as fascinating as they are harrowing,” Marcia Clark said.
“The bravery of the people who were wrongfully imprisoned and the fortitude of the friends and family who went to enormous lengths to free them is both inspiring and incredibly moving.”
Focus Features‘ Stillwater is set to open in theaters on July 30, 2021. The movie follows an American oil-rig roughneck from Oklahoma who travels to Marseille to visit his estranged daughter, in prison for a murder she claims she did not commit.
Confronted with language barriers, cultural differences, and a complicated legal system, Bill builds a new life for himself in France as he makes it his personal mission to exonerate his daughter. The movie also stars Camille Cottin.
Stillwater was written by McCarthy, Marcus Hinchey, Thomas Bidegain, and Noé Debré. The producers include Steve Golin, Tom McCarthy, Jonathan King, and Liza Chasin.
McCarthy’s credits also include Spotlight, The Station Agent, The Visitor, and Win Win. Spotlight won the Academy Award for Best Picture and won McCarthy the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, as well as a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Director.
McCarthy co-wrote the Pixar film Up with Bob Peterson and Pete Docter, for which they received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay.
McCarthy also wrote the film Million Dollar Arm and served as a director and executive producer for the Netflix television series 13 Reasons Why.