Filmmakers hoping to make a feature documentary about Sarah Jones, the camera assistant who died in an on-set accident during the making of the Gregg Allman biopic “Midnight Rider,” have secured the support of Jones’s parents and their Sarah Jones Foundation.
Eric Smith (“Boston’s Finest”) and Christopher Crescitelli (“Experience Montreaux 3D”) are aiming to direct and produce the picture. They are planning a crowdfunding campaign for this summer and aiming for a 2016 release.
Jones was killed when she was struck by a train on the film’s first day of shooting. It eventually emerged that the crew had been sent to work on a Georgia railroad trestle without permission from the railroad to film on its tracks or property and without adequate safety precautions in place. Director Randall Miller, producer Jody Savin, executive producer Jay Sedrish and first assistant director Hillary Schwartz all faced involuntary manslaughter charges in the case. Miller pled guilty and was sentenced to two years in prison. As part of his plea deal, charges were dropped against his wife, Savin. Sedrish and Schwartz were also convicted and sentenced to 10 years’ probation.
Jones parents’ founded the Sarah Jones Foundation to “foster on-set safety through awareness and accountability.” The film will help raise funds for the foundation.
Smith said, “Through the eyes of Richard and Elizabeth Jones, this documentary will explore who Sarah was and what it was about her that made her so beloved by so many of her colleagues – and, in turn, made her loss especially devastating.”