As the trauma of a century of lynching African Americans bleeds into the present, Always in Season follows relatives of the perpetrators and victims in communities across the country who are seeking justice and reconciliation in the midst of racial profiling and police shootings. In Bladenboro, NC, the film connects historic racial terrorism to racial violence today with the story of Claudia Lacy who grieves as she fights to get an FBI investigation opened into the death of her seventeen-year-old son, Lennon Lacy, found hanging from a swing set on August 29, 2014. Claudia, like many others, believes Lennon was lynched.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Jacqueline Olive is an independent filmmaker and transmedia producer with artist grants from Chicken & Egg Pictures, Sundance Institute, Independent Television Service, Firelight Media, Catapult Film Fund, and more. After receiving a master’s degree from the University of Florida Documentary Institute, Jacqueline worked on the production team of the PBS series Independent Lens. She has gained multimedia production experience as a fellow with Bay Area Video Coalition, Black Public Media, the Ford Foundation, the National Film Board of Canada, and the Canadian Film Centre.
Currently in production, Always in Season highlights communities from Georgia to Minnesota where relatives of the perpetrators and victims of lynching are seeking justice and reconciliation. This transmedia project also includes an interactive 3-D, role-playing locale in which visitors can learn how to prevent racism and hate by experiencing the dynamics of a lynch mob in the safety of a facilitated virtual environment. Always in Season has been featured on panels at Media That Matters and the National Conference on Restorative Justice. Radio shows like NPR’s “BlackStory” have highlighted the film, and the work-in-progress has screened across the country.