Always in Season

Always in Season

February 24, 2020


Jacqueline Olive

A suspicious death and a mother’s quest for truth show us America’s history of lynching isn’t history at all.


About the Documentary

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. 

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 Filmmakers

Jacqueline Olive

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.

Full Credits


  • 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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Join the Discussion

How do you think this film and these stories are still relevant today? What do YOU think it will take for Americans to build a national movement for racial justice and reconciliation? How did you feel about the historic recreations of lynching shown in the film?