Trial of Midnight Rider – the review Amazon won’t let me post

Posted by on Mar 15, 2018 in News | Comments Off on Trial of Midnight Rider – the review Amazon won’t let me post

Spoiler alert here, I’m the film’s director. The film’s title starts with the word “Trial”, because that’s what this is, an examination of the evidence. And there has not been a serious attempt to examine the breadth of this evidence and rebut the assertions of the prosecution, otherwise known as the Hollywood trade media, at any time over the past four years. (The OSHA hearing was not a trial in any sense and found the conclusion it wanted to reach at the outset.) Indeed, very little of the evidence has been made available to the public sphere until now. The problem here is that much of this evidence – legally verified evidence – points to a different narrative than the version in the public domain that posits Miller knew he didn’t have permission to be on the bridge, but went out there with the crew regardless, stole the shot and, as a result of his recklessness, a camera assistant lost her life. That, I believe is at the heart of the many reviews here on Amazon.com, that all appeared at much the same time, many of which share similar words and phrases (as someone else has pointed out in other reviews). These “reviewers” clearly don’t want you to see this documentary. Why? I assume because they are worried that it may change your mind about the tragedy on the Doctortown trestle bridge that killed Sarah Jones, sent the director of the Allman Brothers biopic Midnight Rider to jail, and turned him into a reviled and publicly vilified person. And that brings me to the main point of my “review” here, and it is this: there is no need to be afraid of a different point of view. If the content of this documentary proves to be convincing, or at least causes people to question, then in my world that’s a good thing. I do not believe, as I think many of the reviewers here seem to demand, that putting the public narrative under the microscope is somehow a threat to Sarah’s memory. That is frankly absurd. A re-examination of Miller’s role in the events that killed Sarah does not threaten her or demean her memory in any way. Ask yourself this: if you were Sarah Jones, wouldn’t you want to know what happed on that bridge, how it happened and why? And wouldn’t you want to see the actual evidence? Here was a 27-y
ear-old woman who went to work expecting to come home to her friends and family at the end of the day, as we all do, but that didn’t happen. The accident that took her life was wholly avoidable – that hasn’t changed, nor will it. But there are people who contributed to the cascade of events that led to her death through negligence and/or incompetence, and those people have not be held to account. But they avoided prosecution and skipped out on their culpability for her death and it’s a failure of the legal system in small town America that allowed that to happen. Back to my main point – I don’t see how someone can reasonably damn this film without having watched it. And it is worse to browbeat others into not watching it if you yourself haven’t watched it, especially if your motivation for this is a fear of the truth. Doing that makes you a troll. People should watch this documentary, if they’re interested, and view the evidence on davidrollins.net. And most importantly, they should be allowed to make up their own minds without being bullied. And if the film fails to make its points clear or is seen to twist the truth, then damn it for that.

To see a snapshot of the evidence, including over 200 hours of unedited legal deposition, click here:

Trial of Midnight Rider