“Rest In Power: The Trayvon Martin Story” Premieres July 30.
On the evening of February 26, 2012, 17-year old Trayvon Martin was shot in the heart and killed by George Zimmerman. On April 11,2012, Zimmerman was arrested and charged with 2nd degree murder. A jury of 6 women, none of whom are Black, acquitted Zimmerman on July 13, 2013.
“Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story” is a 6-part documentary series that premieres on Monday, July 30, 2018 on Paramount and BET.
Co-directors Jenner Furst and Julia Willoughby Nason interviewed more than 100 people for the series, with twenty-some sources in Sanford alone. They employed an investigative team that included a former New York Times journalist and interviewed friends of Zimmerman, experts on the origins of Black Lives Matter; and the Southern Poverty Law Center, which helped identify how the case was discussed in white supremacist chat rooms and message boards.
Trayvon Martin’s death has prompted change and awareness. Furst and Nason also hope their documentary will shed light on “stand your ground” laws that now operate in more than 30 states.
The production of the documentary appeared in headlines when George Zimmerman threatened producer Shawn Carter/Jay-Z. Zimmerman is currently awaiting trial on a misdemeanor stalking charge of a private investigator.
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