A new documentary about the unarmed police shooting of Autumn Steele will be released in 2016.
Currently titled Project Autumn, filmmakers have advertised the film as a documentary that will explore “the story of Autumn Steele who was shot and killed on Jan. 6 2015.”
On the morning of January 6, 34-year-old Autumn Steele was shot by Burlington Police Officer Jesse Hill when he slipped and his weapon accidentally fired two shots, including the fatal round that would take Steele’s life.
As reported by Iowa Free Press:
“After Steele was killed, family members sought official records from local and state agencies regarding the shooting. Their efforts were stonewalled by authorities for months.
“Gina Colbert, Steele’s mother, described her treatment by the Burlington Police Department, the state Division of Criminal Investigation and Des Moines County Attorney Amy Beavers as ‘cruel and disrespectful.'”
Activist Vern Ancelet has participated in numerous “Justice for Autumn Steele” events within the last year. He is currently attached with filming and editing duties for Project Autumn. He said the film will explore Steele’s story “through a variety of media such as audio, video, images, and documents.”
Ancelet said that he has been getting help from Steele’s mother, who has been providing him with “home movie clips or other information.”
“I’m including recordings and statements made by Gina in the past for the film,” Ancelet said.
He added that long-term collaboration might become difficult over time due to the fact that Ancelet lives in Iowa and Colbert lives in Georgia.
According to the Project Autumn Facebook page, “The project is too early to tell whether donations are needed. You can help by spreading the word about the project.”