Directed by four-time Oscar® nominee Gary Ross (The Hunger Games, Seabiscuit, Pleasantville), and starring Oscar® winner Matthew McConaughey, Free State of Jones is an epic action-drama set during the Civil War. It tells the story of defiant Southern farmer, Newt Knight, and his extraordinary armed rebellion against the Confederacy.

Banding together with local small farmers and runaway slaves, Knight launched an uprising that led Jones County, Mississippi to declare independence from the Confederacy, creating a “Free State of Jones.”

Knight continued his struggle into Reconstruction, distinguishing himself as a compelling, if controversial, figure of defiance long beyond the War.