After a decade living as a fugitive for armed robbery and assault with a deadly weapon, Waymond Hall weighs the prospects of a 40-year prison sentence against a chance to prove himself as a devoted father and a principled man. With six years of extraordinary filming access and provocative home videos of life on the run, The Surrender of Waymond Hall presents a powerful, intimate portrait of one man’s experience with crime and justice in America. Viewers see Way as he wrestles with the excruciating decision to turn himself in, faces the watershed moment of surrender, and navigates a criminal justice system accused of discriminating against people just like him. His story exposes flaws in our societal institutions and in human nature as it plays out against a backdrop of national debates over the divisive racial impact of our criminal justice policies and the remarkable push to reform them.
The Surrender of Waymond Hall participated in the 2017 (Egg)celerator Lab. The film was provided with an additional grant from The Whickers, made possible by Chicken & Egg Pictures’ partnership with the organization.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Jane Greenberg is an independent documentary filmmaker who has worked in a variety of key roles on public television documentaries for 20 years. Most recently she co-produced and edited Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek (America Reframed, 2014). She is most interested in character driven social justice films, and The Surrender of Waymond Hall is her directorial debut. Jane lives in Oakland, CA with her husband and two children.