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CHAINS

A DOCUMENTARY

Executive Produced by Katie Couric, Tony Goldwyn, and Sanaa Hamri “CHAINS” is a brutally honest portrait of life after wrongful conviction, following Barry Gibbs, a larger-than-life man framed in the worst case of NYPD corruption. Picking up where all wrongful conviction stories end, this film is about trauma and healing as Barry struggles to become whole after 19 years in prison.  A unique, character driven approach to the wrongful conviction narrative, this film explores the psychological aftermath of wrongful incarceration through extraordinary characters and incredible access. 


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THE LOSS OF FREEDOM CAN NEVER BE UNDONE... 

 

SYNOPSIS: Barry Gibbs will never get the images of prison out of his head. Even after winning the largest wrongful conviction settlement in New York City’s history, he is no lottery winner. After 19 unjust years behind bars, wrongful conviction took everything from him - his family, his health, his life savings, his sanity. The only thing he has left is his story.  “CHAINS” is the story of Barry’s journey after prison, the struggle to piece a shattered life back together when NYPD detectives, hired by the mafia, framed him for murder, and changed his life forever.  Beginning several years after his exoneration, this film captures the nuanced difficulty of daily life as an eccentric and neurotic Jewish man from Brooklyn tries to return to the world. An intimate and visceral perspective of life after wrongful conviction, this film illustrates the truth that settles in when the initial excitement of freedom fades. Following Barry’s larger-than-life character over 10 years, never before has a film ventured so deeply into the trauma and PTSD of wrongful incarceration, and been so simultaneously humorous and heartbreaking - so real.  

 

 

 
 
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MA, DAD, WHERE ARE YOU ? 

This scene takes place in 2009 as Barry arrives in New Mexico, having driven all the way from New York, to visit the gravesite of his parents, whom he hadn't seen since they visited him in prison in 1995. Both his parents died within a year of his release before he was able to see them, and finding them is part of his quest for closure. 

 
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TROUBLE WITH WOMEN

This scene takes place in 2017 as Barry and his partner, Myrna, drive down to Florida. Barry discusses romantic issues he faces after spending 19 years in prison.  This scene illustrates the volatile yet loving dynamic between Barry and Myrna, and the humor that goes hand in hand with the heaviness of this film. 

 
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STILL HEALING

This scene takes place in 2017 as Barry rewatches a film Detective Louis Eppolito - the Mafia Cop who framed him - acted in. In this scene Barry rehashes what happened to him the day he was arrested, through which we get a sense of how he remains haunted by his experience, even 12 years after his exoneration.  

 

PRESS

 HUFFPOST 10/05/2017

HUFFPOST 10/05/2017

An Exonerated Prisoner Shares What Freedom Is Like After 19 Years Behind Bars

Freedom for Barry Gibbs hasn’t been easy, thankfully he has a friend in Vanessa Potkin. By Erica Euse

 Daily News 06/05/2005

Daily News 06/05/2005

Barry Gibbs, wrongly jailed for 19 years, will never forget crooked cop who put him in prison

Barry Gibbs, with his girlfriend Myrna Lichter, says he battles depression after being wrongly jailed for 19 years. By John Marzulli 

 New York Times 06/03/2010

New York Times 06/03/2010

City to Pay $9.9 Million Over Man’s Imprisonment

“They are permanent scars,” said Barry Gibbs, who says he was falsely convicted of killing a prostitute. He received $1.9 million from the state. By A. G. SULZBERGER

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