Directed by Andrew Jenks

In 2005, 20-year-old Ryan Ferguson was convicted and sentenced to 40 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. dream/killer is the story of how his father Bill embarked on 10-year campaign to prove Ryan’s innocence. The film is chock-full of incredible characters. From the questionable District Attorney Kevin Crane, and the highly-confused witness Chuck Erickson, to the high-powered Chicago attorney Kathleen Zellner, the doc depicts both a highly flawed justice system, as well as one that can work brilliantly.


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  • ★★★½ review by colino111 on Letterboxd

    what a sobering story on how easy an investigation can pinpoint on a suspect and then the enormous train gets rolling towards a conviction and how hard it is to stop this process this is the kind of thing that if it was a movie people would say well there is no way that could really happen not with our legal system with those checks and balances no way but the reality is our society has flip flopped to a guilty util proven innocent way of life which is so wrong and horrible thought that this could really happen to anyone and the fact that a lot of the process relies on the processing of information by law enforcement officers that are all too often willing to believe what they want to make their lives and jobs easier this is so scary just say it aloud a troubled young man told police that he and a friend were responsible for a murder because he dreamed it and from that all these cops and prosecutors charged and pursued vigorously the conviction of an innocent man without finding any scientific or concrete evidence how can that be I don't believe in scaring people into action but this story needs to be told and seen by everyone because until seeing people are so unaware of how this is real and can happen and how far we have strayed from innocent until proven guilty and how hard it is to go against this massive system that is stacked against the accused my heart goes out to Ryan and his family and thank goodness he at least had such a supportive family that was willing to stand up to the system and hope that we can learn from these egregious mistakes

  • ★★★½ review by Toaster Oven on Letterboxd

    A good documentary about Ryan Ferguson. A youth who was framed for murder and his father who wouldn't give up.

  • ★★★½ review by Roman Rangel on Letterboxd

    “Dream/Killer” es otro documental que presenta un caso de terrible injusticia frente a una inusual confesión y a una carencia de evidencia que resulta casi risible. Un hombre es asesinado brutalmente en un estacionamiento y un joven está convencido que él fue el asesino, describiendo el acto y situando a Ryan Ferguson como su supuesto cómplice. La cinta revela los hechos de manera similar a la serie de “Making a Murderer” y nos involucra en la búsqueda del padre de Ryan para probar su inocencia. Ryan fue sentenciado a 40 años de prisión.

    “Dream/Killer” es un interesante documental sobre un extraño caso que no tiene el poder de “Making a Murderer” o “The Jinx” pero que resulta provocativo. Recomendable.

  • ★★★★ review by qt92 on Letterboxd

    If you found Netflix Making a Murderer intriguing, you got to see this documentary about Ryan Ferguson, doing 40 years for a crime he didn't commit. His father fights for his son with the help of lawyer Kethleen Zellner.

    (Zellner is currently also Stephen Avery's new lawyer.)

  • ★★★★ review by Jason Bailey on Letterboxd

    Andrew Jenks directs (and former MSNBC personality Dylan Rattigan produces) this fascinating, meticulous, and ultimately moving documentary account of an innocent man, wrongly accused — catnip for this viewer, admittedly. Ryan Ferguson was convicted of a random 2001 murder, almost entirely based on the account of a friend who said he was there, but whose testimony (savvily intercut with his interrogation tapes) is questionable at best and manufactured at worst. Ferguson’s father Bill spent the next nine and a half years tirelessly working to get that conviction overturned, and though an ace true crime documentary (bracingly told via interviews, police tapes, trial footage, and the like), 'Dream/Killer' is, at its heart, the story of a father’s persistence, dedication, and love.

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