Part of SFFILM Festival
Always in Season
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
Director Jacqueline Olive is expected to attend all screenings.
Juxtaposing an investigation of the recent mysterious death of teenager Lennon Lacy, found hanging from a swing set in North Carolina, against the little-known ritual of present-day lynching reenactments, first-time feature director Jacqueline Olive presents harrowing proof of how little has changed in terms of justice and jeopardy for Black men and women. Narrated by Danny Glover and featuring Osei Essed’s haunting score, Always in Season is a forceful, unforgettable investigative documentary that shatters the notion that racial violence is a thing of the past.
“Archival materials offer details of the gruesome past, and interviews and present-day reporting are nicely counterbalanced by moments of visual poetry that capture the lyrical aspects of rural Southern life. A notable contributor to the thoughtful assembly is a nuanced, diverse score by Osei Essed of New York City roots music band The Woes.” – Dennis Harvey, Variety
“I named my production company Tell It Media because it’s important that filmmakers, particularly those from marginalized communities, tell their own stories… Focusing on people who are often overlooked in mainstream media, I’m inspired to create films that reflect the fullness of their highly cinematic lives,” says Jacqueline Olive. The director was a longtime production coordinator on Independent Lens (1999-). She co-directed and co-produced with Tresubira Whitlow a short documentary, Black to Our Roots (2007), and directed and produced Crooked Lines (2018), a short. Always in Season, Olive’s feature documentary debut, received a US Documentary Special Jury Award for Moral Urgency from the Sundance Film Festival.