Actors, producers, directors and crew members have teamed up to create a Public Service Announcement (PSA) promoting on-set safety following the death of Midnight Rider production assistant Sara Jones.
Jones, 27, was struck by a train while filming the Allman Brothers biopic in Georgia last February, and her parents, Elizabeth and Richard Jones, subsequently launched a drive to make sure such a tragic accident never happens again.
The couple attended the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah on Monday to participate in a panel on film set safety and they also debuted a two-minute PSA called Safety for Sarah.
The video features a number of crew members, directors, writers, producers, and actors, including Shemar Moore, Paul Dano, and Nina Dobrev, who got to know Jones when she worked as a camera assistant on her show The Vampire Diaries.
Throughout the PSA, they call on producers, productions, unions, and crews worldwide to “implement daily safety meetings” during filming.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Gina Rodriguez says, “If you see something, say something,” director David Lynch adds, “It’s time to take a stand”, while Jack Black continues, “To make safety a top priority.”
Following Jones’ death, her parents hit Midnight Rider director Randall Miller, his producer wife Jody Savin, executive producer Jay Sedrish and first assistant director Hillary Schwartz with a lawsuit, while the film workers are also facing criminal charges for involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass.
They have pleaded not guilty to the counts and are due to stand trial in March.