Joe Oppenheimer Films

Plea Shorts 20 minutes Director: Joe Oppenheimer Varsity 5 Fri 9:30 pm, Varsity 5 Sat 9:30 pm, Varsity 1 Mon 3:00 pm, Varsity 5 Mon 9:30 pm Plays with: Election Night, Hijo por Hijo, Kish, The Last Leatherman of the Vale of Cashmere, The Tables, Univitellin, White Face

Oregon Premiere

A public defender has minutes to save her 16-year-old client from a life sentence for murder by convincing him to take a plea deal for a crime he only technically committed. To save this boy, she will have to break him. 

Director’s Statement: Joe Oppenheimer 

In the majority of cases I handled as a criminal defense lawyer, a plea was the worst option. This was especially so in juvenile cases concerning opportunistic crimes where youth who lacked a capacity for consequential thinking often also lacked a defense. These kids faced far graver sentences at trial then they could have ever anticipated. At some level I feel complicit in the system that condemns children like this. I had always wanted to make a difference. However, mostly my job was about making the inevitable a certainty.