Always in Season

Directed by Jacqueline Olive

When 17-year-old Lennon Lacy is found hanging from a swing set in rural North Carolina in 2014, his mother’s search for justice and reconciliation begins while the trauma of more than a century of lynching African Americans bleeds into the present.

Status: Completed

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About the team

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JACQUELINE OLIVE (Director/Producer) is an independent filmmaker and immersive media producer with more than a decade of experience in journalism and film. Her debut feature documentary, ALWAYS IN SEASON, will premiere in competition at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. She also co-directed and produced the award-winning short documentary, BLACK TO OUR ROOTS, which broadcast on PBS WORLD. Jacqueline has been a Sundance Documentary Edit & Story Lab Fellow, a Sundance Documentary Film Program Fellow, and Sundance Music & Sound Design Lab fellow. She also received the Emerging Filmmakers of Color Award from International Documentary Association and the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation. Jacqueline has been a immersive media fellow with the Bay Area Video Coalition Institute for New Media Technologies and Mediamaker Fellows, the Black Public Media New Media Institute, and most recently, the Open Immersion VR Lab sponsored by the Ford Foundation, National Film Board of Canada, and the Canadian Film Centre. She is currently producing a VR companion to ALWAYS IN SEASON that uses 360° video and computer-generated imagery (CGI) to explore themes of dehumanization and violence, offering strategies for moving confidently through the racialized public spaces that black women navigate daily. Jacqueline has an MA from the University of Florida Documentary Institute and previously worked on the production team of the Emmy Award-winning PBS documentary series, Independent Lens. 

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DON BERNIER (Editor) is an Emmy-nominated documentary film editor. Most recently, he edited CHARM CITY, which premiered at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival. Bernier also edited Participant Media’s AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL: TRUTH TO POWER (Paramount Pictures), which opened the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and was shortlisted for a 2018 Academy Award. His editing credits also include AUDRIE & DAISY (Netflix ORIGINAL), which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival; THE GENIUS OF MARIAN (POV/PBS), which premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival; the Peabody Award-winning EAMES: THE ARCHITECT AND THE PAINTER (American Masters/PBS); and THE BOTANY OF DESIRE (PBS), based on author Michael Pollan’s best-selling book. Bernier also works regularly as an editorial consultant, and is a Sundance Institute Documentary Edit and Story Lab Fellow and an AMPAS Documentary Branch Member.

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PATRICK SHEEHAN (Cinematographer) is a documentary filmmaker based in Nashville, TN. Sheehan has written, directed, filmed, and produced multiple documentaries including HAITI IS ON FIRE and MAN IN THE GLASS: THE DALE BROWN STORY (2012), winner of the Award of Excellence at the Los Angeles Movie Awards and The Audience Choice for Best Documentary at the Sidewalk Film Festival. Most recently, Sheehan filmed and directed GIP (PBS), winner of the Best Music Film award at IndieMemphis and the Audience Choice award for Best Documentary at the Sidewalk FilmFestival in 2016. Sheehan was Director of Photography for AMERICAN MAN (ESPN Classic) directed by HBO’s REAL Sports’ Jon Frankel. The film won Best Feature Documentary at the 2012 Sidewalk Film Festival. Sheehan was co-cinematographer and audio on Trilogy Films' GIDEON’S ARMY (HBO), winner of the 2011 Tribeca Film Institute Promise Award and an official selection at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Sheehan was also director of photography for REVIVAL: THE SAM BUSH STORY, which won Audience Choice at the Nashville Film Festival and Sidewalk Film Festival. 

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S. LEO CHIANG (Cinematographer) is a documentarian based in Taipei & San Francisco. His Emmy-nominated film, “A Village Called Versailles,” picked up eight film festival awards and aired on PBS’ Independent Lens series. “Out Run,” his recently completed film, received support from ITVS, Sundance, and Tribeca. His other films include “Mr. Cao Goes to Washington” (Inspiration Award, Full Frame 2012) and “To You Sweetheart, Aloha” (PBS broadcast 2006). He is a consulting producer for CNEX, the Chinese documentary foundation, and an AMPAS Documentary Branch member.

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OSEI ESSED (Composer) is a multi-platform artist, performing and writing for screen and stage. His songs and voice appear in HBO's King in The Wilderness, the Netflix series Dirty Money (Confidence Man) and FarCry5.  Recent film  composition credits include the award-winning films TOWER (2018 Emmy winner),  Jim: The James Foley Story (2016 Emmy Winner) and Finders Keepers. Essed performs with the Brooklyn-based bands The Woes and Big Hands Rhythm and Blues Band.

Producers
Jacqueline Olive
Jessica Devaney

Co-Producers
Lisa Valencia-Svensson
Anya Rous

Associate Producers
Colleen Cassingham
Aph Ko

Co-Executive Producers
Leslie Berriman & Nion McEvoy
Katy Drake Bettner
Nancy Stephens & Rick Rosenthal
Barbara Dobkin
Jodie Evans

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 Black Public Media
Leslie Fields-Cruz


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