October 3, 2023

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Netflix has chosen Daniel H. Birman who spent six years producing and directing the 2011 documentary Me Facing Life: Cyntoia’s Story to direct the feature Netflix has acquired, which will tell the story of Brown and her period of incarceration and clemency.

Daniel H. Birdman is a University of Southern California professor and filmmaker. A week after Cyntoia Brown was arrested for murder in 2004 at the age of 16, he began recording her story.

Birman and his team filmed the documentary over the course of six years, working with Brown, her family, doctors, psychologists, lawyers, and others involved in her case.

Filmmaker Dan Birdman

From THR:

In the yet-to-be-titled doc, Birman will document the still-ongoing updates in Brown’s story, which began in 2004, when a then 16-year-old Brown was arrested in Nashville, Tenn., for murdering a 43-year-old man who solicited her for sex. Brown was tried as an adult, convicted and sentenced to life in prison. But this year, after nearly 10 years of legal challenges, Gov. Bill Haslam granted her request for clemency. He did so following a slow shift in the state for legislative change in juvenile sentencing laws and having seen evidence of her maturity, education and good behavior as a prisoner.

You will be able to stream the documentary in early 2020.

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