Filming in Cleveland has started on movie about Rickey Jackson, who spent 39 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit

The upcoming film “Lovely Jackson” focuses on Rickey Jackson’s struggle to survive a wrongful 1975 murder conviction, death row, and thirty-nine years in Ohio’s most dangerous prisons, the movie’s producer says.










SOURCE: | Joey Morona
October 21, 2020

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Production has started on “Lovely Jackson,” an upcoming film about Rickey Jackson, the Cleveland man who spent 39 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit.

“It’s a tragic and unbelievable true story that spans nearly five decades in Cleveland,” says the film’s producer Matt Waldeck. “It’s also a very cool synergy between a local non-profit, local production company, and local university during a difficult COVID-19 time.”

Waldeck, whose production company Zodiac Features brought the Helen Hunt horror film “I See You” to shoot here in 2018, describes “Lovely Jackson” as a docudrama: very stylized with traditional documentary elements embedded within and narrated by Jackson, who serves as a producer on the movie.