JUST MERCY Special Screenings


Talent attending: Bryan Stevenson (Writer (Memoir))

In the late 1980s, a young African-American, Harvard-educated lawyer named Bryan Stevenson (Michael B. Jordan) declines various lucrative jobs and instead moves to Alabama determined to defend and fight for innocent death-row inmates. Early in his career, he takes on the case of Walter McMillian (Jamie Foxx), a man sentenced to die for a notorious murder of a teenage girl despite significant evidence proving his innocence. The two men, along with the work of local advocate Eva (Brie Larson), tirelessly fight an uphill battle against politics and racism in their pursuit of justice for McMillian and the countless other African-Americans on death row.

Based on Stevenson’s book “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption,” this heartening, powerful drama directed by Destin Daniel Cretton (SHORT TERM 12) tells the story of one of Stevenson’s most provocative cases. –Sarah Harris

Destin Daniel Cretton is an American film director, screenwriter, producer and editor. He is best known for his 2013 film SHORT TERM 12 starring Brie Larson and based on his own experiences working at a group home for at-risk teenagers. His latest film JUST MERCY premiered at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival.


Country: USA

Year: 2019

Director: Destin Daniel Cretton

Screenwriters: Destin Daniel Cretton, Andrew Lanham

Producers: Gil Netter, Asher Goldstein, Michael B. Jordan

Executive Producers: Bryan Stevenson, Mike Drake, Niija Kuykendall, Gabriel Hammond, Daniel Hammon, Scott Budnick, Jeff Skoll, Charles D. King

Director of Photography: Brett Pawlak

Editor: Nat Sanders

Production Designer: Sharon Seymour

Music: Joel P. West

Cast/Featuring: Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx, Brie Larson, Rob Morgan, Tim Blake Nelson, Rafe Spall, O'Shea Jackson Jr., Karan Kendrick

Running Time (minutes): 136 min