Filmmaker to create Netflix documentary on Cyntoia Brown

Posted at 9:21 AM, Aug 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-07 21:35:54-04

(WTVF) — After spending half her life in prison, Cyntoia Brown was released from jail this week.

Filmmaker Dan Birman confirmed Netflix will be releasing a documentary on her life to be titled "Me Facing Life: Cyntoia's Story."

Birman released a statement on Wednesday, saying:

"We are pleased to be working with Netflix on a feature documentary about Cyntoia Brown. The new film builds on what we learned over the past 15 years during her fight for freedom and the events leading to her receiving clemency. We expect to complete it by the end of this year, and for it to appear on Netflix during the early part of 2020. We will be happy to talk further about the film as we move closer to its release."

At the age of 16, Brown was sentenced to life for the murder of Johnny Allen.

Her attorneys say she was a victim of child sex trafficking when she killed the 43-year-old. Brown's argument was that she shot him because she saw him reach for a gun.

Earlier this year, Former Governor Bill Haslam granted Brown, now 31, clemency.

While in prison, Brown worked on the book "Free Cyntoia" that will be released later this fall.

Prior to her release, Brown released a statement saying in part she plans to use her experiences to help other women and girls suffering from abuse and exploitation.