Facebook campaign asks for crew boycott as 'Midnight Rider' production resumes
A new Facebook campaign urging crew in the Los Angeles area to boycott work on Midnight Rider has launched just days after news broke that the film would resume production, following an on-set train crash that killed assistant camera operator Sarah Jones in February.
The page — titled “I REFUSE to work on Midnight Rider! For Sarah!!!” — asks for L.A.-based crew to boycott work on the Gregg Allman biopic. The group page, created on April 15, now includes more than 1,000 members.
“This group is for people who REFUSE to work on the show that was responsible for the death of Sarah Jones. Midnight Rider is coming to LA to shoot,” states a description of the group by creator David Allen Grove. “Let’s continue to stand up for Sarah, REFUSE to work on this show. Let’s shut it down!”
Dozens of comments have been left on the page, pleading for industry professionals to refrain from working on the film produced by Unclaimed Freight Productions.
“Please do not risk your life or future by working on this production if it attempts to start up in LA,” wrote Ray Brown in a post, while commenter Claiborne Lashley added, “do not let ‘Unclaimed Freight’ claim another life.”
The online campaign follows a message posted on the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees website announcing that production on Midnight Rider — which had been suspended following the Feb. 20 collision ” would resume in June, with “pre-production starting in a couple weeks.”
“We have expressed our obvious concerns regarding this production starting again,” IATSE international vice president Michael F. Miller Jr. wrote in a message to members Monday. “We have demanded that they provide clearances from any and all governmental agencies and/or police agencies that are investigating this company and the individuals involved.”
Unclaimed Freight Productions did not respond to EW’s request for comment.
A pre-production shoot on Feb. 20 on a railway trestle in Wayne County, Ga resulted in the injury of six crew members, who were filming a dream sequence on railroad tracks when a train unexpectedly crossed the tracks. Jones, 27, was struck and killed by the train.
An investigation into Jones’ death is currently being conducted by the Wayne County, Ga. Sheriff’s office.