Mississippi Innocence will screen tonight at the Crossroads Film Festival at the Malco Grandview in Madison, Mississippi. The screening is at 6:50pmand tickets are available at the box office.
Special Guest, Levon Brooks, filmaker, Joe York, and Producers, Tucker Carrington and Andy Harper will all be at the screening for a Q & A following the film.
Below is The Clarion-Ledger review of the film:
Documentary tonight shows wrongful convictions do happen
by: Jerry Mitchell
Skeptical that wrongful convictions ever take place? Then watch Mississippi Innocence.
John GrishamThe documentary can be seen at 6:50 p.m. today (Friday, April 1) at the Crossroads Film Festival at the Malco Grandview in Madison, Miss.
John Grisham recently gave his opinion on the case.
“Every story of a wrongful conviction and exoneration, from a storytelling point of view, is incredible,” said Grisham, whose nonfiction book, The Innocent Man, details a man’s wrongful conviction in Oklahoma. “They’re great stories. They’re tragic. They’re sad. If we’re lucky, there’s a happy ending; the guy gets out of prison. They’re all fantastic stories. But the one in Noxubee County, Mississippi, has got to be one of the best.
Joe York from the University of Mississippi, who made the film, said if the criminal justice system had truly worked, Christine Jackson would be alive. She was the second of two 3-year-old girls raped and killed in Noxubee County in the early 1990s.
Levon Brooks, second from left, and Kennedy Brewer, second from right, celebrate their freedom with Innocence Project attorneys, Vanessa Potkin, left, and co-director Peter Neufeld, after being exonerated and freed in 2008.Instead, two men, Levon Brooks and Kennedy Brewer were convicted of capital murder in those crimes.
Brooks served 15 years of a life sentence, and Brewer served nine years of his time on death row. The Innocence Project pushed for DNA tests that helped free both men and also helped lead authorities to the real killer.
York said the most amazing aspect of the story is any resentment Brewer and Brooks may have felt, they left behind in prison.
“Both of these men had their lives taken away, but neither of them are bitter,” York said. “They don’t carry hate. They don’t carry anger. They’ve gone through hell and somehow have managed to live their lives again. It’s amazing to witness that peace. It’s a true testament to the human spirit.”