Our guest today is the wonderful Jia Wertz! As a young adult, Jia found an interest in pursuing stories about those who were wrongly convicted. She left a successful career in the fashion industry after 20 years to pursue documentary filmmaking, specializing in investigating the inconsistencies of the American Criminal Justice system.
Upon graduating from the New York Film Academy, she released her debut film Conviction, profiling the story of Jeffrey Deskovic, who was wrongly convicted of rape and murder at the age of 16. The heart-wrenching documentary explores the aftereffects of growing up in prison and the fight for freedom. Since the release, her film has been featured on Amazon Prime and has been selected for numerous festivals.
In this episode, we talk to Jia about how she accelerated her film career by taking thoughtful, efficient steps, which led to how quickly she saw success after just starting in the film world.
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