In 1983 in a small Georgia town, white men brutally murdered Timothy Coggins, a young black man, because of his relationship with a white woman. When authorities stopped investigating the hate crime after just a few weeks and witnesses received threats to remain quiet, the case went cold for nearly 34 years… until a new investigation opened in 2017.
IN THE COLD DARK NIGHT highlights how one era enabled this crime to go without punishment and how the other attempts to bring justice decades later. Featuring a 360-degree view of all people involved within the case, IN THE COLD DARK NIGHT conveys themes of hope and resilience, while asking audiences to become the juries themselves; questioning their presumptions of guilt, innocence, and authority.
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STEPHEN ROBERT MORSE, DIRECTOR/PRODCUCER
STEPHEN ROBERT MORSE was nominated for a 2017 Primetime Emmy Award for producing AMANDA KNOX, one of the most-viewed Netflix Originals of all time. In 2017, Stephen directed/produced/wrote EUROTRUMP, a film that enabled him to get unprecedented access to Geert Wilders, the Dutch right wing politician who lives behind 24/7 security protection due to threats on his life from ISIS. The film was acquired by Hulu, VICE and numerous national broadcasters.Stephen also Executive Produced FREEDOM FOR THE WOLF (Audience Award at the Slamdance Film Festival). He holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the University of Oxford.
MAX PELTZ, PRODUCER
MAX PELTZ has worked across production and development for the last seven years, with films he has been involved in airing on BBC’s flagship Storyville strand, Netflix, SVT, Sky Italia, DR, TVO, NRT, Yes! and many other international broadcasters. Max worked at Amber Television, heading up their documentary slate. In this role, he oversaw the production of DECADENCE AND DOWNFALL, which was nominated for a Grierson award in 2017, and UNKNOWN MALE NUMBER 1, Sky Italia’s highest ever rated series. In 2016, Max helped to launch Docsville, a Documentary Streaming Platform run by renowned BBC executive, Nick Fraser, where he produced the feature documentary, OINK!. In 2019, Max produced the docuseries, HACKER:HUNTER, a Normal Life Pictures production and Hugo Berkeley series, for new online streaming platform, Tomorrow Unlocked. The series looks at true-crime within the area of cybercrime. Max is producing BAD HOMBRES, a film looking at sports and immigration, with Showtime Networks Inc. Together with business partner Stephen Robert Morse, Max recently signed a studio deal to Executive Produce SONS OF WICHITA, a scripted mini-series on the Koch brothers.