Gideon’s Army

Everyone deserves the best defense. They fight for it.

Three young, idealistic public defenders in the Deep South struggle against long hours, low pay and staggering caseloads to ensure justice is served for the people society would rather forget. 

“The soldiers of 'Gideon’s Army,' Dawn Porter’s stirring debut docu, are public defenders  —  lawyers who dedicate themselves to representing the indigent, and regularly answering the question, 'How can you defend those people?' Like the film itself, Porter’s handful of devoted, charismatic attorneys do a righteous job of reminding people that the accused are innocent until proven guilty, and that the criminal justice system seems otherwise disposed. Specialty release is a distinct possibility; festival word of mouth will be strong. But HBO will provide the kind of exposure the issue needs.”



HBO's Must-See 'Gideon's Army' (07/01/13) 

Deadline Hollywood

Hot Docs Unveils Special Presentation (03/07/13)

The Hollywood Reporter

Gideon's Army: Sundance Review (01/24/13)


Gideon’s Army | Director Dawn Porter (01/23/13)



Review: 'Gideon's Army' Is An Eye-Opening Look At The Unsung Work Of Public Defenders (07/01/13)


Film Review: HBO's Must-See 'Gideon's Army' (07/01/13)

The Atlantic

The Most Overworked, Underfunded 'Army' in American History (07/01/13)

The Daily Beast

‘Gideon’s Army’: Gerald Shargel on the Defense That Never Rests (07/01/13)

New York Daily News

'Gideons Army': Television Review (07/01/13) 


HBO's 'Gideon's Army' Looks At Three Defenders Of The Poor (06/30/13)

The New York Times

An Uphill Battle Daily in Court (06/28/13)

The New York Times

Foot Soliders in the Battle for a Fair Shake  (06/27/13)

Village Voice

Gideon's Army: HBO's Most Illuminating Crime Drama Since The Wire (06/26/13)


Watch 3 New Clips From 'Gideon's Army' (06/11/13) 

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

14 TV Shows to Check Out This Summer (06/09/13)  


Watch: HBO's 'Gideon's Army' Follows Public Defenders in the Deep South  (06/03/13)


Video: Watch the trailer for 'Gideon's Army' (06/03/13) 


'Gideon's Army ' Will Air On HBO on July 1 (Idealistic Public Defenders Working in Deep South) (06/03/13)

A Community is Born at the Montclair Film Festival (05/10/13)

The Independent

10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2013 (05/02/13) 

Mother Jones

Why You're in Deep Trouble If You Can't Afford a Lawyer (05/06/13)

Montclair Film Festival Presents Footsoldiers in 'Gideon's Army' (04/29/13)

The Cap Times

Local Public Defenders Enlist in 'Gideon's Army' (04/12/13) 

Chicago Reader

Human Rights Watch Film Festival Kicks Off Tonight (04/08/13) 

Chicago Tribune

Human Rights Fest Docs Convey Hard Truths (04/04/13) 

Indy Week

Full Frame 2013 Short Reviews  (04/03/13)

Charlotte Observer

Full Frame Documentary Festival (04/02/13) 

North Carolina Policy Watch

Q&A With Filmmaker Dawn Porter (04/01/13) 

North Carolina Policy Watch

Resurrecting Gideon: The Public Defender Corps Get Radical (04/01/13) 

Gainesville Times

Hall Defender in the Spotlight  (03/31/13)

Boise Weekly

Advocates Trumpet Gideon's Urgency at City Club of Boise (03/30/13) 

San Francisco Examiner

Fulfilling Gideon's Promise That the Accused Deserve a Lawyer (03/18/13) 

San Francisco Examiner

San Francisco Justice Summit to Focus on Landmark Supreme Court Ruling (03/17/13) 

The Atlantic

So You Want to Learn More About the Gideon Case? (03/14/13)

Tons of awards to go around at MIFF unveil jury prize winners (03/10/13)  


First Look at the 16th Annual Full Frame Festival Lineup & Opening Night Selection, 'Gideon's Army' (03/07/13)

Hot Docs Special Presentation Program-2013 (03/07/13) 

Screen International

Full Frame Announces Lineup, Opener (03/07/13)

Movie City News

Full Frame Announced Complete Program Lineup  (03/07/13)

Plain Error

The State of Public Defenders and Gideon's Army (02/28/13)

Bloomberg TV

Stealth Lawyer: Dawn Porter, Filmmaker (02/27/13)

Above the Law

Career Alternatives for Attorneys: Filmmaker (02/27/13)

The American Law Daily

With New Film, Former Big Law, In-House Attorney Examines Impact of Gideon 50 Years On (02/21/13)

The New York Times

Relinquishing Purse Strings: Orlando Bagwell Leaves Ford Foundation's JustFilms (02/15/13)

Sundance 2013: Dawn Porter Talks 'Gideon's Army' (02/01/13)

Desert News

Sundance Succeeds With Values-laden Documentaries (01/31/13)

L.A. Times

Sundance 2013: 'Fruitvale' wins Grand Jury Prize (01/26/13)


'Fruitvale' tops Sundance awards (01/26/13)


'Fruitvale' & 'Blood Brother' Both Win Double Sundance 2013 Awards (01/26/13)

IndieWire / Shadow & Act

'Fruitvale' Wins Big, 'American Promise,' Bradford Young, 'Gideon's Army' Collect Sundance 2013 Awards (01/26/13)


Sundance ’13: 'Blood Brother,' 'The Square' win awards (01/26/13)


'Fruitvale' Wins Top Two Sundance Awards (01/28/13)

Deadline Hollywood

Sundance Awards 2013: 'Fruitvale' & 'Blood Brother' Win Grand Jury; Dramatic Directing Goes to Jill Soloway of 'Afternoon Delight' (01/26/13)


'Fruitvale' Wins Big, 'American Promise,' Bradford Young, 'Gideon's Army' Collect Sundance 2013 Awards (01/26/13)

Desert News

Last line of defense: Film ‘Gideon’s Army’ praises public defenders (01/25/13)


SUNDANCE: Directors Tease 'Gideon's Army,' 'Fallen City,' 'Newlyweeds,' 'Soldate Jeannette' And 'Lasting' (01/24/13)

KPCW 91.9's The Sundance Reel

Gideon's Army - Filmmaker Interview (01/24/13)

The Hollywood Reporter

Gideon's Army: Sundance Review (01/24/13)

Benevolent Media

Filmmakers Take a Stand for Social Justice (01/24/13)

IndieWire / Reel Politik

The Best and Worst of Sundance 2013 (01/24/13)

The New York Times

'True Believers in Justice' (01/23/13)

Take Part

‘Gideon’s Army’: The Best Criminal Attorneys No Money Can Buy (01/22/13)

Filmmaker Magazine

Gideon’s Army | Director Dawn Porter (01/21/13)

The Salt Lake Tribune

Sundance review: 'Gideon's Army' (01/21/13)

The Salt Lake Tribune

A public defender's legal advice: Don't talk to the police (01/21/13)


More Female Filmmakers in Indie Film Than in Hollywood, According to a New Study (01/21/13)

HitFix / The Fien Print

Sundance Review: 'Gideon's Army' advocates for public defenders (01/21/13)

Shadow and Act

Sundance 2013 Review - 'Gideon's Army' Is A Necessary Look At The Work Done By The Unsung (01/20/13)

Movie City News

Ford Foundation JustFilms Supports Eight Films Set For World Premiere At Sundance Film Festival (01/18/13)

Screen Daily

Sundance: Ford Foundation lends support to eight films (01/18/13)

Chicken and Egg Pictures

5 Chicken & Egg Pictures Grantees Head to Sundance, More Women in '13 (01/17/13)

Sundance screens Montclair movies (01/17/13)


Sundance Lineup is a Win for Women Directors and for Everybody Who Cares About Movies (01/17/13)

Sundance 2013 Films Featuring/Directed By Black Talent (01/16/13)

Sundance 2013: 14 Black Films That Matter (01/16/13)

L.A. Times

Critics Notebook: Whatever Sundance is, it has fine documentaries (01/16/13)

Stranger Than Fiction

9 Sundance Docs Poised to Break Out (01/16/13)

Shadow and Act

24 Films of the African Diaspora for You to See at Sundance 2013 (01/15/13)


Watch: Trailers for Sundance Entries ‘Charlie Victor Romeo,’ ‘Gideon's Army’ & ‘Halley’ (01/08/13)

Sundance Film Festival

22 Sundance Institute-Supported Films at the 2013 Festival (12/17/12)

Sundance Institute Announces Documentary Grant Recipients (12/17/12)


Women Make Movies Is Ready For Primetime! (12/10/12)

Sundance Institute

2013 Sundance Film Festival Announces Films in U.S. and World Competitions (11/28/12)

29 Documentaries Receive $582,000 In Grants From Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program (11/22/12)

Chicken and Egg Pictures

Chicken and Egg Pictures Celebrates the Fledgling Fund Grantees! (02/09/12)


HBO picks up “Gideon’s Army” (01/04/12)  

Independent Filmmaker Project

IFP Announces 150 New Films in Development for 2011 Project Forum, Including Gideon’s Army (09/09/11)

Ford Foundation

Ford Foundation Hosts Good Pitch NY 2011 (05/20/11)

Tribeca Film Institute

Gideon’s Army and More TFI Winners and Grantees (04/28/11) 


Creative promise honors went to Dawn Porter’s doc “Gideon’s Army” (04/28/11)


Dawn Porter is the winner of this year’s Tribeca Film Institute’s “Creative Promise Award for Documentary” (04/28/11)

Working Films

Gideon’s to participate in the Good Pitch at the Ford Foundation (04/22/11)

Tribeca Film Institute

Gideon’s Army selected for Tribeca All-Access! (03/17/11)


Gideon’s selected for Toronto Hot Docs Forum (03/09/11)

Swarthmore College Bulletin

 Alumni Achievements: Dawn Porter ’88 (04/11)

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