Juror #5: 58 Days of Duty in the OJ Civil Trial

PASS Media Award, National Council on Crime and Delinquency The Chris Award, Colombus International Film & Video Festival

JUROR NUMBER FIVE, directed by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, is a film that documents Deena Mullen’s personal journey as a juror on the infamous civil trial that found OJ Simpson liable for the deaths of Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman.

The filmmakers adopted the unusual approach of combining theatrical monologues filmed in front of a live audience with documentary footage, archival footage and stylized re-enactments.

Describing herself as “the keeper of the horror,” Deena’s southern style of storytelling manages to carry the audience over the threshold of the media frenzy to experience this familiar case first hand.

Through her meticulous notes and sketches of crime scene and autopsy photos, Deena succeeds in conveying the raw brutality of these murders. So uniquely detailed and unprejudiced is her perspective that no camera lens even if allowed in a courtroom could ever have substituted for this witnesses’ testimony.

The film also servers as a civics lesson, while using this notorious case as a back-drop to educate viewers on the truly demanding roles and responsibilities of being a juror.

The film features hypnotic camerawork by DP Thadeus Wadleigh, a haunting soundtrack by Joe Carrano, startling editing by William Grayburn and cutting edge title design by Rick Morris.

JUROR NUMBER 5 is certain to be controversial, in terms of its uncompromising and unflinching attitude regarding OJ Simpson’s guilt.
Credits

Producers & Directors: Fenton Bailey & Randy Barbato
Editor: Will Grayburn
Running Time: 60 minutes