The ‘Second of Fact’ director spoke EXCLUSIVELY with HL about his hope that the reality about what occurred to James Jordan shall be revealed.
Second of Fact is a 5-part docuseries that tells the never-before-heard story behind the homicide of Michael Jordan’s father, James Jordan, in 1993. Matthew Perniciaro, in his directorial debut, examines the difficult and surprising case, in addition to the arrest and conviction of Larry Demery and Daniel Inexperienced. HollywoodLife spoke EXCLUSIVELY with Matthew about why he was adamant about exploring this case.
“What I hope is that we are able to get to the reality,” Matthew instructed HollywoodLife. “We name the collection Second of Fact as a result of that’s what we’re striving to find. It is a case that has been shrouded in thriller and conspiracy concept for many years and a part of that’s as a result of the knowledge that got here out initially by no means actually absolutely added up. Our objective in telling the story was at all times to unravel the reality and strategy the story with a terrific diploma of humanity and respect as a result of it’s a tragic story. It offers with a lack of somebody’s life who was beloved by not solely his household however by your entire nation. You need to deal with that story with nice respect as a result of these are actual individuals’s lives, however you additionally must current all sides of it. The again half of the collection is structured like a trial the place you see the prosecution’s place come first. That’s anchored by Larry Demery’s testimony, one of many youngsters who was convicted of the crime. That sort of simply grew to become the general public narrative of the story. However then additionally for the primary time, audiences will see and listen to Daniel Inexperienced’s facet of the story, the opposite teenager who was convicted of this crime. He didn’t testify at trial, so his story hasn’t been given as a lot consideration. His story differs drastically from the general public narrative. So we wished to current audiences with all sides of this. As a filmmaker, working within the documentary house, I wished to have this nice diploma of investigative element, however it’s important to stay unbiased. The minute you begin tipping the scales come what may if you’re telling a narrative like this, that story loses credibility. Our objective was actually to current both sides of the argument. I absolutely perceive that some audiences are going to return out with one understanding and one perception after they watch this, and others may come out with one thing totally different. There are a variety of questions that we wished to delve into, and we knew we needed to delve into. Our objective right here was at all times to get entangled within the fact. What I hope comes out of that’s I consider that there’s sufficient query of info that this case must be checked out once more by the court docket system. As filmmakers, we’re not ready to, neither is it applicable, to proclaim anybody’s guilt or innocence. That’s what the authorized system and our legal justice system is for, however I do consider that there’s sufficient query of truth because it pertains to this case, in addition to a level of ineffective help of counsel throughout Daniel Inexperienced’s authentic trial that an evidentiary listening to is warranted and ought to be granted.”
James Jordan was killed on July 23, 1993, when he pulled over on the facet of the freeway in North Carolina. His physique was dumped in a swamp and located in a creek on August 13, 1993. Larry and Daniel, who had been childhood pals, had been later arrested and convicted of James’ homicide. Larry testified towards Daniel as a part of a plea deal and claimed Daniel was the one who shot and killed James. Daniel continues to take care of his innocence practically 30 years later.
In researching for the docuseries, Matthew admitted that the shortage of bodily proof within the case shocked him. “I feel there are a variety of components within the trial that blew my thoughts,” Matthew mentioned. “We began off by going via the court docket transcript, which was over 1000 pages. As you’re going via a number of the conversations that befell throughout that trial, there are moments which are surprising, and we reference a few of these within the collection. I feel the one factor that I feel audiences will discover and that we found is the shortage of bodily proof on this case, and the shortage of how that bodily proof aligns with the general public narrative that we’ve sort of have all been instructed within the earlier beforehand about this case. I feel these had been very revealing moments. A number of opinions had been said at trial, after which accepted within the court docket report and accepted by the media as truth. They had been truly opinions. I feel clarifying that for individuals is essential and having an understanding of what transpired right here.”
Larry is ready to be launched from jail in 2023 after he was granted parole. Daniel won’t be eligible for parole till October 2021. HollywoodLife requested Matthew if he can be prepared to proceed the docuseries if extra data got here to mild. “Completely. The story continues to evolve,” Matthew mentioned. “We began this challenge simply over three years in the past. The story developed over the course of that time period and, if the story continues to evolve and there are new developments within the case or new items of knowledge that come out, that’s completely one thing that I might like to look into and proceed telling the story.”
As for whether or not the reality will ever come out about what actually occurred the day James Jordan was murdered, Matthew will not be certain. “I don’t know, to be utterly sincere with you,” Matthew mentioned when requested whether or not the reality shall be revealed. “I feel there are solely perhaps one or two those who know each single element of what occurred that night time, and we talk about what they might require for that fact to return out, what these individuals have said prior to now to inform the detailed fact. However all I can say is that I might hope so as a result of I feel everybody deserves that.”
Matthew is a North Carolina native, and he remembered “vividly” listening to in regards to the case when he was simply 13 years previous. After studying about all of the archival footage that was accessible, the director grew to become enthusiastic about tackling this matter as a result of “nobody actually instructed the definitive model of the story” again in 1993. “It was additionally in some ways a really emotional and tough collection to make,” he admitted. “You’re coping with nice loss, two younger youngsters who’re convicted of this crime, and components of corruption, the query of info… You take a look at all this stuff, and it’s a tough factor to create. It offers with a variety of points that we’re nonetheless grappling with at present nearly 30 years later, and that’s unhappy on a variety of ranges.” Second of Fact is accessible on IMDb TV.