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Cinema for Justice: A letter from Eric Garner's widow

April 4, 2017

• Emily Best

We received this letter today.

Storytelling has always been about shining a light into the darkest corners of ourselves and our society. 

Roee Messinger is endeavoring to imagine an alternate present. One in which Eric Garner's killer gets a trial. He's bending the entire genre of documentary to stage a mock trial - with real lawyers and real witnesses. And his work has a real impact, especially on those closest to the victim. Read.





My name is Esaw Snipes-Garner. I am the wife of Eric Garner who was killed by the police in New York on July 17th 2014. On the one-year anniversary of my husband’s death, a young filmmaker came up to me at a rally and said he wanted to make a movie about Eric. A lot of people have approached me about making movies and writing books, but this guy had a special idea.

He wanted to make a film about the trial that should have followed Eric’s death; a movie in which real lawyers will examine the actual witnesses who would have testified in court had the case been tried. No script, no actors, just the truth. On March 7th we launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for the film. So far the support we’ve gotten has been incredible, and I want to ask you to help us keep the momentum going so that we can show the world, the trial that should have taken place!

If you would like to help us here’s how:

Please follow this link, watch our video and contribute what you can. There are 2 days left to the campaign and we need just one more push to get us over the hump. I’m sure that if each of you made just a small contribution we’d make it way past our goal!

I have no illusions about justice, and no film will ever bring my Eric back to me, but I hope that if this film is made and we keep talking about this issue, that maybe the next victim might be saved, or that at least that victim’s family may have a better chance to get justice for their loss.


Thank you all,

Esaw Snipes-Garner

Wife of Eric Garner


Emily Best

Emily is the founder and CEO of Seed&Spark. In 2011, she produced the feature film, Like the Water, starring Caitlin FitzGerald (Masters of Sex, Rectify). Since then she has served as executive producer on a host of film and virtual reality projects that have played at festivals from Sundance to SXSW to Tribeca and beyond. Emily was named a 2013 Indiewire Influencer, a 2014 New York Woman of Influence, was included on the 2015 Upstart 100 list, and graduated from the 2016 class of Techstars Boston.



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