Always in Season
DIRECTOR: JACQUELINE OLIVE
Mon 9/23 at 7:30pm: Stanley Nelson in Conversation with Jacqueline Olive
Thurs 9/26 at 7pm: Reverend Jacqueline Lewis in Conversation with Jacqueline Olive
Partners: Middle Collegiate Church, Trinity Church, Romemu, Judson Memorial Church, Kolot Chayeinu
The discovery of teenaged Lennon Lacy’s body hanging lifeless from a swing set near his home in Bladenboro, North Carolina, in 2014—ruled a suicide, but suspected by his family to be a racialized killing—is the embarkation point for Olive’s inquiry into the long, traumatic legacy of lynching terrorism in America, still very much felt in the present day. Following Lennon’s bereaved mother, Claudia, on her quest for justice, Always in Season places one family’s tragedy within the wider context of a historical horror, attested to by archival footage and period texts, including an invitation to a “Hanging Bee” narrated by Danny Glover, testament to the “open secret” of lynch mob violence. Winner of the Special Jury Prize for Moral Urgency at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, Olive’s film is not just a vital inquest into one specific death, but Always in Season also unpacks a broader pattern of historic racial violence.
A Tell It Media and Multitude Films release.