Untitled EJI Project
CORI-ANNE GREENHOUSE & ALEXIS STERLING
The Untitled EJI Project capitalizes on the current national fascination with real-life crime dramas, especially ones focusing on errors and injustices within criminal proceedings. Programming like NPR’s Serial, HBO’s The Jinx, Netflix’s Making of a Murderer and Amanda Knox, and, most specifically, Netflix’s Ava DuVernay documentary, 13th, shined harsh light on the American criminal justice system. the Untitled EJI Project is an answer to the question the aforementioned series and documentaries posited, but left unanswered: now that we are aware the system is broken, how do we fix it?
Bryan Stevenson and his tireless colleagues at the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, AL, work daily to protect the vulnerable, challenge racial and economic injustice, and advocate for criminal justice system reform, including an end to mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States.
Now in development as a major motion picture, helmed by Michael B. Jordan, Stevenson’s book, Just Mercy: A story of justice and redemption, is an in-depth look at the case that changed Stevenson’s then-burgeoning legal career. The Untitled EJI Project would echo the themes of the coming film, but documentary-style, interviewing Bryan Stephenson and the EJI legal staff about their current efforts, touching on specific cases and efforts to inform the audience on the larger human rights issues EJI strives to combat daily: mass incarceration, children in prison, capital punishment, and racial justice.