Always in Season
Feb 24, 10pm
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Always in Season

  • BY Jacqueline Olive | IN Race & Ethnicity
    Premieres February 24, 2020

About the Film

Always in Season follows the tragedy of African American teenager Lennon Lacy, who in August 2014, was found hanging from a swing set in Bladenboro, North Carolina. His suspicious death was ruled a suicide by law enforcement, but Lennon’s mother, Claudia, her family, and many others believe Lennon was lynched.  MORE

The film chronicles Claudia's quest to learn the truth and takes a closer look at the lingering impact of more than a century of lynching African Americans and connects the dots to show us America’s history of lynching isn’t history at all — its sinister seeds still bear “strange fruit.”


The Filmmaker

Jacqueline Olive is an independent filmmaker and immersive media producer with fifteen years of experience in journalism and film. Her debut feature documentary, Always in Season, premiered in competition at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and was awarded the Special Jury Prize for Moral Urgency. Jackie also co-directed the award-winning hour-long film, Black to Our Roots, which broadcast on PBS in 2009. Jackie has received artist grants and industry funding from Sundance Institute, ITVS, Ford Foundation, Firelight Media, and more. She was awarded the Emerging Filmmakers of Color Award from IDA and the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation. LESS

Film Credits

DIRECTED and PRODUCED BY    
Jacqueline Olive

PRODUCED BY   
Jessica Devaney

WRITTEN BY       
Jacqueline Olive
Don Bernier

EDITED BY       
Don Bernier

NARRATED BY
Danny Glover

CINEMATOGRAPHY BY    
Patrick Sheehan
S. Leo Chiang

ORIGINAL MUSIC BY        
Osei Essed

GRAPHICS & ANIMATION BY
Scott Grossman

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS     
Sally Jo Fifer
Lois Vossen
Jim Butterworth
Daniel J. Chalfen
Patty Quillin
Joan Platt
Regina K. Scully
Geralyn Dreyfous

SUPERVISING PRODUCER
Michael Ehrenzweig

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER FOR BPM 
Leslie Fields-Cruz

CO-EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS
Leslie Berriman & Nion McEvoy
Katy Drake Bettner
Nancy Stephens & Rick Rosenthal
Barbara Dobkin
Jodie Evans

CO-PRODUCERS  
Lisa Valencia-Svensson
Anya Rous

CONSULTING PRODUCER                         
Noland Walker

ADDITIONAL CINEMATOGRAPHY BY
Rodrigo Dorfman
Justin Schein
Andy Rice
Orlando de Guzman
Morgan Schmidt-Feng

AERIAL CINEMATOGRAPHY BY
Patrick Sheehan
Wilson Land

SOUND RECORDISTS  
Chris Burns
York Phelps

ADDITIONAL EDITING BY  
Rodrigo Dorfman
Michaelle McGaraghan

STORY CONSULTANT  
Lewis Erskine
Zef Amen

CONSULTING EDITOR
Toby Shimin

ADVISING EDITOR        
Carla Gutierrez

ASSISTANT EDITOR   
Julie Hwang

ADDITIONAL EDITORS        
Jason Pollard
Patrick Sheehan
Jean Philippe Boucicaut
Nonso Christian Ugbode

CONSULTING PRODUCER  
Ann Bennett

ASSOCIATE PRODUCERS 
Aph Ko
Colleen Cassingham

ADVISOR   
Stanley Nelson

ADDITIONAL ADVISORS  
Bill Ross
Sabine Hoffman
Sam Pollard
Jean Philippe Boucicaut

FEATURING 
Randy Ansley
Dr. Rev. William J. Barber, II
Michelle Brimhall
Jonathan Brunby
Bob Caine
Jeanie Caine
Jaylan Davis
Michael Chechopoulos
Cherise Michele Davis
Cassandra Greene
Robert Howard
Sherrilyn Ifill
Justin Jones
Claudia Lacy
Doug Lacy
Pierre Lacy
Paula Logan
Ashton Lyons
Wade Marbaugh
F.W. Newton
Heather Rattelade
Walter Reeves
Henry Singletary
Allen Smith
Bryan Stevenson
Olivia Taylor
Rev. Gregory Taylor
Curt Vincent
Showyn Walton
A.J. Willis

VOICEOVER
Ingrid Jungermann
Arun Kundnani
Sara Terry

RESEARCH      
Sybil Hippolyte
Jonathan Jones
Ann Bennett
Michelle Phillip

ARCHIVAL PRODUCER 
Erin Chisholm

PRODUCTION STILLS BY 
Kike Arnal
Alwon Mayweather

POSTER DESIGN BY     
Yen Tan

POST-PRODUCTION SUPERVISOR 
Julie Hwang

MUSICIANS      
Akua Dixon
Aaron Shafer-Haiss
Karen Waltuch

SUPERVISING SOUND EDITOR /RE-RECORDING MIXER          
Bob Edwards

SOUND EFFECTS EDITOR    
Teresa Eckton

HD FINISHING    
ZAP Zoetrope Aubry Productions

PRODUCTION LEGAL SERVICES 
Justine Jacob

DISTRIBUTION LEGAL SERVICES     
Gray Krauss Sandler Des Rochers, LLP

ADDITIONAL LEGAL SERVICES 
Reavis, Page & Jump, LLP
The Cardozo Law Indie Film Clinic
Thomas Varnum, Brooks Pierce Law Firm

POST-PRODUCTION SOUND SERVICES BY
Skywalker Sound

MUSIC
Original Music Composed & Performed by Osei Essed
Original Score Published by Osei Ajamu Essed (BMI)
All Rights Reserved

“The Cross in the Wildwood”
Music composed by William S. Pitts
Published by The American - “Best In Klan Music"
Performed by 100% Americans Orch. Acc.

“Precious Memories”
Written by Rosetta Tharpe
Published by Songs of Peer Ltd. obo itself and Chatawa Music
Performed by Sweet Honey In The Rock
Courtesy of M.C. Records

ARCHIVAL MATERIALS PROVIDED BY
AP Archive * Archive Films/Getty Images * Associated Press/Atlanta Journal-Constitution *
Associated Press/Louie Favorite/Atlanta Journal-Constitution * Associated Press/Ric Feld * Bettmann/Getty Images * Claudia Lacy * CriticalPast * Dustin Chambers * Everett Collection *
John van Hasselt/Sygma/Getty Images * Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone/Getty Images *
Michelle Brimhall * National Archives and Records Administration *
NC NAACP/Fusion Films * North Carolina Department of Information Technology *
North Carolina Office of the Chief Medical Examiner * Olivia Taylor *
QNotes - Charlotte, North Carolina * WECT-TV * WGHP Licensing, LLC

ADDITIONAL MATERIALS PROVIDED BY
Anatomical Diagram Publishing Company, Milwaukee * Anthony DelMundo/New York Daily News * Atlanta Constitution * The Atlanta Journal-Constitution * Ben Montgomery/Tampa Bay Times * Birmingham Voice of the People * Bladen Journal * Bob Lewis/Rap Rehab * Chelsea Bailey/NBC News *
Chicago Record-Herald * Cleveland Gazette * Cody Gohl/NewNowNext * CNN * Daily Sentinel *
Federal Bureau of Investigation * Florida State Archives * Georgia Archives * The Guardian *
Janice Broach/WMC-TV * Jerry Bledsoe/Carolina Living * Knoxville East Tennessee News *
Latifah Muhammad * Lawrence Henry Beitler * Macon Telegraph *
Memphis Commercial Appeal * Mike Shoro/Las Vegas Review-Journal *
Monica Holland/Fayette Observer * Montgomery Advertiser * MSNBC * New York Age *
New York Amsterdam News * New York Press * New York Sun * New York Times *
Philadelphia Inquirer * Raleigh The News and Observer * RT America * St. Louis Argus *
Star News Online * The Blaze * Todd C. Frankel/The Washington Post *
West Bladen High School * The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill *
Without Sanctuary/Center for Civil and Human Rights * WMC-TV * WRAL.com * WWAY 3 ABC

SPECIAL THANKS      
Esailama Artry-Diouf
Pearl E. Bassett
Jackie Beard
Kiara Boone
Andrea Chignoli
Al and Marion Cunningham
Mikaela Curry
Sandra Dickson
Doc Society
June Dunham
Tina Erickson
Taylor Fischer
Yance Ford
Peter Gilbert
Peter Golub
Rose Grace & Marie Kaye
Catherine Hardwicke
Christie Herring
Cindy Hill
Vivien Hillgrove
Eric Hynes
Mark Isham
Leigh Johnson
Abigail Licad
John Littlefield
Leah Mahan
Lorena Manriquez
Deborah Dicks Maxwell
Drew McGaraghan
Elizabeth McNally Martorell
Robb Moss
Bettye, Teo, & William Olive
Courtney Patterson
Dawn Porter
Olivia Powell
Cora Smith
Churchill Roberts
Christopher Scott Satterwhite
Ellen Schneider
Elizabeth Sheehan
Sheffield MeetMarket
Carlos Simon
Marc Simon
Skidmore College MDOCS Storytellers Institute
Stewart Thorndike
Jarrod and Nicole Whitaker
Marco Williams
Working Films, Impact Kickstart

PRODUCTION SERVICES PROVIDED BY
Bay Area Video Coalition MediaMakers Fellows & Institute for New Media Technologies
Canadian Film Centre/National Film Board of Canada Open Immersion Lab
Carey Institute for Global Good
IFP Spotlight on Documentaries
Logan Nonfiction Program
U.C. Berkeley Investigative Reporting Programs Professional Workshops

IN MEMORY OF 
Doria D. Johnson
Sybil Hippolyte
Thomas Wise
William Nathan Stowe
Nonso Christian Ugbode

FISCAL SPONSORS      
Filmmakers Collaborative
Southern Documentary Fund

FUNDING PROVIDED BY
Ford Foundation
Sundance Institute - Documentary Film Program
Catapult Film Fund
Chicken & Egg Pictures
Firelight Media - Next Step Media Fund
International Documentary Association - Enterprise Documentary Fund
Nancy Kittle
Tribeca Film Institute
Alternate ROOTS
Southern Documentary Fund
Craig Harris
Cucalorus
Bertha Foundation
Good Gravy Films
Joanne Kagle
Josh Mailman
Nancy Blachman
Robina Riccitiello
Union Square Fund through the Combined Jewish
Philanthropies of Greater Boston, Inc.
Heart & Soul Center of Light
Puffin Foundation
Albert Cunningham
Henry Thierry
Jennifer Bramhall
San Francisco Foundation
And others. A complete list available from PBS.

ORIGINAL SERIES FUNDING PROVIDED BY
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Wyncote Foundation
The National Endowment for the Arts

Always in Season is a co-production of Always in Season, LLC, the Independent Television Service (ITVS), and Black Public Media (BPM) with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

This program was produced by Always in Season, LLC which is solely responsible for its content.

© 2018 Always in Season, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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AWARDS

  • International Documentary Association
    Best Writing (Nominee)
  • Sundance Film Festival-U.S.
    Special Jury Award for Moral Urgency
  • Dallas International Film Festival
    Best Documentary
  • RiverRun Internat’l Film Festival
    Human Rights Award
  • Vera Institute of Justice
    Best of Justice Reform Award
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