BIOGRAPHY

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JIA WERTZ

Filmmaker Jia Wertz pursues stories that explore the conflict between institutional systems and individuals victimized by those institutions in the name of protecting the social order. She is currently investigating the vagaries and inconsistencies of the American Criminal Justice system through the story of Jeffrey Deskovic and other exonerees to have their freedom restored at the cost of irreparable damage to their minds, relationships and families.

In addition, Jia is a featured writer for Forbes, Co-host of the Speaking of Crime podcast, and the Founder and fashion designer of Studio 15.

 

Jia is from Calgary, Alberta and currently lives in New York City with her husband and son. She is a graduate of New York Film Academy. “Conviction” is her award-winning debut film.

FILMOGRAPHY

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CONVICTION
DECEMBER 2019

Convicted of murder and rape at age 16, Jeffrey Deskovic begins a three decade journey to reclaim the life that was lost.

SEMI FINALIST - NEW YORK CINEMATOGRAPHY
SEMI-FINALIST DOCUMENTARY - CIIFF - CANN
OFFICIAL SELECTION - INDEPENDENT CINEMA
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NYCA
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CIIFF
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ICS
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NFNY
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New York Lift Off Film Festival - Black.
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GIFF
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IFAFF
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NYLOFF
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BSF
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BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY - GEORGIA DOCUMENTAR
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GSFF
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GDFF
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GDFF
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GSFF
Canada shorts official selection laurel
Canada shorts AWARD OF DISTINCTION laure
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CSFF
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