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USA | 2011 | :12:49 | Documentary Short
Director: Matt Bockelman

You Have the Right to an Attorney is a documentary set in the offices of the Bronx Defenders, a non-profit organization in the South Bronx comprised of public defense attorneys, social workers and community organizers. The film gives a glimpse into the passion that motivates the defense lawyers and the seemingly never-ending caseloads they shoulder in their day-to-day work. Through client meetings, candid interviews, and routine office work, You Have the Right to an Attorney portrays Matt and Scott as they search to find a balance between their ambition to change a system they see as fundamentally broken and the immediate, numerous, daily needs of their clients.

Director / Cinematographer: Matt Bockelman
Producer: Lisa Levey and Matt Bockelman
Editor: Max Cantor

Matthew Caldwell and Scott Simpson

Matt Bockelman is a New York-based documentary director and cinematographer. His most recent projects include The Unofficial House Band, about a music and arts program at Sing Sing Prison (commissioned by Rehabilitation Through The Arts), Communitas, an experimental documentary about theater director Richard Schechneré─˘s famed performance workshop, and Meet the Gardeners, a web series profiling the employees of Madison Square Garden. Matt founded Flyé─˘s Eye Films in 2010 with the goal of creating substantive documentaries, objectively rendered and with a strong visual aesthetic. He started production on You Have The Right To An Attorney after receiving a 2011 Cinereach Film Fellowship.