Acclaim & Awards

Mississippi Innocence Awarded $10,000 from Fledgling Fund

The University of Mississippi’s Center for Media and Documentary Projects, the School of Law and the Mississippi Innocence Project are pleased to announce the award of a $10,000 grant from The Fledgling Fund. Proceeds from the grant will develop curricula that complement Mississippi Innocence, an award-winning documentary about the wrongful convictions of two Noxubee County, Mississippi, men who spent more than thirty years in prison for crimes that they did not commit.
The two men were freed from prison in 2008 through the work of several lawyers, including student attorneys at the Mississippi Innocence Project. In particular, the curricula will harness the power of these two extraordinary innocence narratives so that viewers of the film will not only be exposed to these tragedies but refuse to countenance similar failures of justice in the future. The film was directed and produced by The University of Mississippi’s Center of Media and Documentary Projects and the Mississippi Innocence Project. The Fledgling Fund’s mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable individuals, families and communities by supporting innovative media projects that target entrenched social problems.

Mississippi Innocence wins Transformative Award!

Mississippi Innocence screened last weekend at The Crossroads Film Festival in Jackson, Mississippi.  On Friday night Levon Brooks was present to receive the “Transformative Award”, an award envisioned by former Crossroads Festival board member, Deborah Wright, that is given to the film “that has the ability to transform opinions, lives, and ultimately, history.”

Levon Brooks accepts award at Crossroads Film Festival


Oxford Film Festival 2011 Audience Favorite Award

Mississippi Innocence PosterMississippi Innocence wins the Audience Favorite Award at the 2011 Oxford Film Festival! The Oxford Film Festival site reports…

“The 2011 Oxford Film Festival came to a close last Sunday night, and now the ballots for audience favorite are in.  Mississippi Innocence, the non-competition documentary by filmmaker Joe York, took home the top prize for overall audience favorite.  Two years in the making and produced with Tucker Carrington and the Mississippi Innocence Project  at the UM School of Law, Mississippi Innocence tells the compelling story of Levon Brooks and Kennedy Brewer, two men who combined spent over thirty years behind bars for crimes they didn’t commit.”

Read the full article on the Oxford Film Festival site.


Movie City News Finds Mississippi Innocence Deeply Moving

Kim Voynar of Movie City News reports her impression of Mississippi Innocence as “compelling” and “deeply moving”:

“Outside the docs competition, I caught a number of good films. The very compelling doc Mississippi Innocence, directed by Joe York, played to several sold-out crowds. The film follows the entertwined tale of Levon Brooks and Kennedy Brewer, both convicted of the rape and murder of 3-year-old girls. one was sentenced to death, the other to life in prison, based on questionable “expert” testimony. Both of them, as it turned out, were innocent, and it was only through rapid progress in the field of DNA testing and the passionate involvement of the people behind The Innocence Project that they were finally exonerated.

Mississippi Innocence is blessed with deeply moving subject matter — imagine yourself, knowing you’re innocent, being accused of such a horrific crime, judged by the courts and the court of public opinion, sentenced to die for someone else’s crime, sitting on death row for more than a decade of your life. No, really. Imagine it. It was more moving still, then, to watch Kennedy Brewer dancing and enjoying the Friday night party at Roosters, where blues great T Model Ford was performing.”

Read the entire Oxford Film Festival Review on the Movie City News site.