Cyntoia Brown, the 30-year-old Tennessean convicted of murder as a teenager, serving a life sentence, and who was granted clemency last week by Governor Bill Haslam, is the subject of a new official documentary. Daniel H. Birman Productions, producers of the “Me Facing Life: Cyntoia’s Fight For Freedom” expects to release the updated “Me Facing Life 2: Cyntoia’s Fight For Freedom” later this year.
Many say the original story set in motion Haslam’s granting her clemency. The 2011 documentary chronicles Brown’s story of being arrested in 2004 for murdering a 43-year-old man who picked her up for sex.
Although only 16 at the time, she was tried as an adult and sentenced to life in prison. Brown is now scheduled to be released August 7, 2019, after serving 15 years in prison.
Since the release of the first documentary, Brown’s case received worldwide attention. In fall 2017, several renowned personalities came forward on social media to plead for freedom for her including Rihanna, T.I., Kim Kardashian West, LeBron James, and Cara Delevingne. More than a half million people signed petitions in support of her release including several Port Of Harlem Facebook readers. Odyssey Impact, which is working with Birman Productions, hopes the new film and new national impact campaign will spur further change.