Face2Face with David Peck
Character, Justice & The System
Kyle Thrash and Face2Face host David Peck talk about his new film The Sentence of Michael Thompson, politics and clemency, character, tenacity and humility, the
criminal justice system, and something called the Last Prisoner Project.
Michael Thompson is the longest serving non-violent offender in Michigan history, and this year he is finally up for clemency. In 1994, he was arrested for selling three pounds of cannabis to a close friend turned police informant. He was sentenced to 42 to 60 years in prison and remains there even after Michigan legalizes the recreational use and sale of cannabis.
The film follows Michael’s daughter, Rashawnda Littles, and his lawyer, Kim Corral, during the fight for clemency, examines the harm the War on Drugs has caused on communities, and explores paths forward as federal cannabis legalization gets closer to becoming a reality.
About Kyle and from his website:
Kyle was born in Philly but grew in Germans Ville which is actually a place and he made a lot of Skate videos and listened to a lot of ska which is what you're
supposed to do as a teenager in a small town, but made a fly-on-the-wall doc about his school which nearly got him expelled. So, he tried being a child actor and Ron
Howard cast him but left him on the cutting room floor so he started directing his own stuff because what does Ron Howard know anyway.
And then the whole music video thing exploded with everyone loving his films so he won a load of stuff and made his feature maybe next year about the Philadelphia
eagles winning the super bowl and he shot incredible spots for the NFL and LinkedIn and although he secretly likes watching other people play video games and was
in a Mariah Carey movie we don’t care because his work is sublime and he really is a definite knucklehead.
Image Copyright and Credit: Kyle Thrash.
For more information about David Peck’s podcasting, writing and public speaking please visit his site here.
With thanks to Josh Snethlage and Mixed Media Sound.