1. “Inside the Midnight Rider Manslaughter: Will Hollywood Learn From the Death of Sarah Jones?” The director of the Gregg Allman biopic is serving 10 years. It’s the first time a U.S. filmmaker has been convicted of a felony for an on-set death.
“[While] Miller’s prison time brings some closure to the Midnight Rider tragedy, it hasn’t necessarily brought satisfaction to the industry. Film workers are being encouraged to report on-set safety violations without fear of reprisal; there’s even an app or two to help them do it. But despite candlelight vigils, walkathons, PSAs, and petitions like the one 62,000 signed to get Sarah Jones’s name added to the 2014 Oscars telecast, practical initiatives to prevent similar accidents from happening have so far eluded the industry’s studios and unions. ’I do not seek revenge, but rather I seek healing from all those involved, including those responsible for my daughter’s death,’ [Sarah] Jones’s father, Richard Jones, said Monday in court. ’At the same time, we cannot send a signal to the film industry that it is OK to disrespect life, to commit such selfish, dangerous acts for the sake of so-called cinematic immunity.’”