Always In Season is a documentary project that explores the impact more than a century of lynching African Americans has had on the United States. As the first documentary feature to spotlight recent grassroots efforts for justice and reconciliation, the film introduces viewers to four communities grappling with the dark legacy of racial terrorism–how best to acknowledge the murders, repair the damage, and heal–all amidst a heated national discourse about the value of black lives.
Telling intimate stories of lynching victims, perpetrators, and spectators, including interviews with their descendents, the project encourages viewers to consider where their own family’s past intersects with this difficult chapter in American history. In Monroe, Georgia, a multiracial group of amateur actors reenact a 1946 lynching on the very spot where the violence became a public spectacle, forcing modern-day residents to confront the painful consequences of one particularly brutal incident. In Bladenboro, NC, Claudia Lacy grieves as she seeks justice for her 17-year-old son Lennon, who was found hanging from a swing set in August, 2014. She, and others, suspect that he was lynched. These stories and others stress that the lessons of lynching are crucial to understanding and collectively tackling issues of racial violence and inequity that continue to play out in our communities today.