WATCH: First Trailer For Chinoye Chukwu’s Sundance Award-Winning ‘Clemency,’ Starring Alfre Woodard

NEON have released the official trailer for Chinoye Chukwu‘s Sundance award-winning feature, “Clemency.” The film stars Academy Award nominee Alfre Woodard in what critics have called her career-best performance. The film also stars Aldis Hodge, Danielle Brooks, Wendell Pierce and Richard Schiff.

Years of carrying out death row executions have taken a toll on prison warden Bernadine Williams (Alfre Woodard). As she prepares to execute another inmate, Bernadine must confront the psychological and emotional demons her job creates, ultimately connecting her to the man she is sanctioned to kill.

“Clemency” world premiered at Sundance Film Festival in January. It won the festival’s Grand Jury Prize for Dramatic Narrative Feature. It later screened at Seattle International Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival. It is also screening at the BFI London Film Festival. NEON acquired the prison drama back in February, where Awards Circuit’s own year-in-advance predictions have had Woodard placed in Best Actress ever since.

Chukwu writes and directs the film. “Clemency” is her sophomoric feature film, following 2012’s drama, “alaskaLand.” She has produced and directed shorts which include “The Dance LLesson,” “A Long Walk” and “Bottom.”

Woodard was nominated for her Oscar for her supporting role in 1983’s “Cross Creek.” She has starred in “Passion Fish,” “Holiday Hearts” and her Golden Globe-winning performance in “Miss Evers’ Boys.” She was recently heard as the voice of Sarabi in Disney and Jon Favreau’s “The Lion King.”

“Clemency” is produced by ACE Pictures Entertainment, Bronwyn Cornelius Productions and Big Indie Pictures. NEON is distributing the film in theaters December 27.


What do you think of the first official trailer for “Clemency,” the award-winning drama out of Sundance? Could this be a breakthrough path for Woodard’s first Oscar win? Share your thoughts below!