Allman Biopic Producers Speak Out
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:10:50
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Filmmakers Randall Miller and Jody Savin, who turned themselves in to authorities and were then released on bail, have finally spoken out about the death of a camera assistant on their Allman Brothers biopic Midnight Rider, which is based on a Gregg Allman's memoirs. Miller was directing and Savin, his wife, was producing.
They have been charged with manslaughter.
In case you are not familiar with the particulars, they were shooting a dream sequence on a train trestle in Wayne County, Georgia in February when an oncoming train appeared. Camera assistant Sarah Jones, 27, was hit by the train and killed.
The duo pleaded not guilty and released this statement:
"In the weeks and months that follow when the true facts of the events are revealed, people will know that this was not a crime: we never had criminal intent; we would never knowingly or intentionally put anybody's safety at risk. This was a horrible tragedy and a horrific accident. We have remained silent out of respect for the family of Sarah Jones, their loved ones and all of the crew who were injured on that very sad day. Our hearts are broken, our spirits are broken. We have young children and can only imagine with immense sadness the heartbreak of losing a child. We are praying for Sarah's family."
Another producer Jay Sedrish, was also charged and he turned himself in to police in Georgia last week.
Several civil suits have also been filed against Miller, Savin, Sedrish and other film associates. Production has since been paused.
What do you think of the statement of the filmmakers?