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Dawn Porter to explore U.S. Supreme Court with Showtime docuseries

Acclaimed documentarian Dawn Porter (Trapped, John Lewis: Good Trouble) will be focusing her lens on the U.S. Supreme Court, from the 1950s to its current controversies, in a docuseries for Showtime, ...
June 29, 2022

Acclaimed documentarian Dawn Porter (Trapped, John Lewis: Good Trouble) will be focusing her lens on the U.S. Supreme Court, from the 1950s to its current controversies, in a docuseries for Showtime, Confirmed (w/t).

The four-parter, produced by Porter’s Trilogy Films and Sony Pictures Television, explores the modern history of the Supreme Court, and the people, decisions and confirmation battles that have shaped America. It is slated to air in early 2023.

The project is taking shape in a monumental year for the Supreme Court and for the country, with the historic confirmation of Ketanji Brown Jackson, an unprecedented leak emerging from inside the Court’s chambers and the overturning of Roe v. Wade.

“You can easily argue that more than any election or institution, the future of the U.S. will be dictated by the actions of the Supreme Court,” said Showtime’s EVP of non-fiction programming, Vinnie Malhotra. “Confirmed will bring indispensable context to how we got to this moment in time, while also breaking down the maelstrom of activity that is altering the course of the nation this very year.”

“We’ve been working on this series for months now, but I’ve recently began to describe it as a thriller,” said Porter. “We literally are trying to keep up with a seemingly never-ending story of change. Showtime had the presence of mind to commission this project well before we knew what monumental shifts would occur during production. We hope everyone will tune in to learn more about one of the most powerful influences in America. The Supreme Court determines our fundamental rights and privileges. We all need to know how it works.”

Porter, who was an attorney prior to embarking on her filmmaking career, has frequently turned the camera towards the legal profession and lawmakers via such films as Gideon’s Army, which followed several American public defenders, and Trapped, which chronicled the activities of clinic workers and lawyers fighting to keep abortion safe and legal in the U.S.

In addition to directing Confirmed, Porter also acts as executive producer on the docuseries, along with Eli Holzman and Aaron Saidman for Sony Pictures Television.

(Photo: Kevin Scanlon)

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Andrew Jeffrey joined Realscreen in 2021 as its news editor. Here, he helps to oversee assignment, reporting and editing for Realscreen's daily newsletter. Prior to his work covering documentary and non-fiction film and TV, he worked as a reporter and associate producer for CBC Edmonton, and as a reporter for The Star Calgary, where he covered daily news on beats such as local and provincial politics, health care and harm reduction, sports and education. His work has appeared in other Canadian news outlets such as TVO, the Edmonton Journal and Avenue Magazine.

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