Sundance Winner “Clemency” Gets Haunting First Trailer

Alfre Woodard took Sundance by storm last January with her jaw-dropping performance in Chinonye Chukwu’s slow-burn thriller Clemency. Now, thanks to a pick-up by Neon, audiences are getting their first look at the festival favorite, and the reaction is strong.

Woodard plays Warden Bernadine Williams, the head of a prison and the one responsible for carrying out a heavy dose of death row executions. Over time the executions have taken a toll on the lonely warden, but none more so than Anthony Woods, the man she is next set to put to death.

Full of raw emotion and painful realization, Clemency embodies the conflict and moral questions that surround the death penalty - all told through the one who is forced to flip the switch.

The film’s first trailer embodies that intensity full-throttle, giving viewers a quick view of the pain and suffering that exists within such an act. Call it a strong stomach or a weak conscience, questions will be asked, and most not answered, as we navigate the harsh realities surrounding one of the most controversial acts known to humanity.

Clemency co-stars Aldis Hodge and Danielle Brooks and hits theaters on December 27.


About Stephen Davis

Stephen Davis
I owe this hobby/career to the one and only Stephanie Peterman who, while interning at Fox, told me that I had too many opinions and irrelevant information to keep it all bottled up inside. I survived my first rated R film, Alive, at the ripe age of 8, it took me months to grasp the fact that Julia Roberts actually died at the end of Steel Magnolias, and I might be the only person alive who actually enjoyed Sorority Row…for its comedic value of course. While my friends can drink you under the table, I can outwatch you when it comes iconic, yet horrid 80s films like Adventures in Babysitting and Troop Beverly Hills. I have no shame when it comes to what I like, and if you have a problem with that, then we’ll settle it on the racquetball court. I see too many movies to actually win any film trivia contest, so don’t waste your first pick on me. My friends rent movies from my bookcase shelves, and one day I do plan to start charging. I long to live in LA, where my movie obsession will actually help me fit in, but for now I am content with my home in Austin. I prefer indies to blockbusters, Longhorns to Sooners and Halloween to Friday the 13th. I miss the classics, as well as John Ritter, and I hope to one day sit down and interview the amazing Kate Winslet.