The Story Behind “My Brothers’ Crossing”
Warning: Spoilers Ahead
The Power of Forgiveness
One of the best examples of forgiveness is coming to a theater near you. The theatrical release of My Brothers’ Crossing debuts on September 3, 2020. The true story takes place in remote Southwest Virginia and contains a compelling message about forgiveness.
After a fatal accident on August 21, 2015, two men confront a tragedy that changes their lives:
- C.J. Martin drove the vehicle that killed Bobby and Pam Clark.
- J.T. Clark was Bobby’s brother.
My Brother’s Crossing
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In 2018, J.T. Clark and his wife, Terri, wrote the book behind the movie, In the Blink of an Eye: Forgiveness in Black and White. Here is the book trailer.
Terri Lee & J.T.
In the film, James Black plays C.J. Martin, and Daniel Roebuck plays J.T. Clark. Locals play smaller roles. J.T. Clark plays a firefighter in the movie.
After attending a T.R.A.S.H. service (Totally Redeemed Anointed Servants of the Most High), Bobby and Pam Clark said goodbye to their friends. They hopped on the motorcycle that Pam had given Bobby for his 50th birthday and headed for home.
Pam and Bobby Clark
C.J. Martin, a local pastor, attended his son’s high school football game that evening. After the game, he got in his truck to drive his son home.
Martin met an ambulance on fire and had to detour. He turned into the wrong lane, saw a motorcycle coming, and tried to correct his error. Simultaneously, the couple on the motorcycle saw him coming and tried to get out of the way. The couple swerved too hard, throwing them off the motorcycle and under the wheels of Martin’s truck.
Filmed on location, the movie takes place on the same roadway, at the same funeral home, in the same churches, and in the same courtroom. The funeral home said Bobby and Pam Clark were wonderful people. They lived to serve God and love on his people.
I asked J.T. Clark how he felt reenacting this painful part of his life.
It was cathartic in the best sense. It was difficult, but sometimes you have to go through pain to get to the other side. What people see on the screen is an accurate representation of what took place.J.T. Clark
The story transpires during a period of riots and racial hate crimes, similar to today. Complicating the tragedy, Martin was African-American, and the Clarks were Caucasian. While Martin tormented himself over the deaths he caused, two questions haunted him. Would people react with misplaced hate over the color of his skin? Would prejudice affect the outcome?
James Black plays Martin in the movie. Black understands why Martin assumed the entire world was against him. “There’s a wall you put up. A cage you put yourself in.” Black identified with Martin’s fears of retaliation and prejudice.