The camera first glimpses Cyntoia the week of her arrest at age 16 and follows her for nearly six years. Along the way, nationally renowned juvenile forensic psychiatrist, Dr. William Bernet from Vanderbilt University, assesses her situation. We meet Ellenette Brown, Cyntoia’s adoptive mother who talks about the young girl’s early years. Georgina Mitchell, Cyntoia’s biological mother, meets her for the first time since she gave her up for adoption 14 years earlier. When we meet Cyntoia’s maternal grandmother, Joan Warren, some patterns begin to come into sharp focus.
Wade's most recent documentary, Mondays at Racine , about a salon that caters to women with cancer, won 3 festival awards this summer and will be broadcast on HBO later this year. Other projects have included Shelter Dogs , about the animal welfare system and the ethics of euthanasia (winner of 5 awards and broadcast in 7 countries); Born Sweet , about a Cambodian village poisoned by arsenic-laced well water (which received an Honorable Mention at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and 15 other festival awards); and Living the Legacy: The Untold Story of Milton Hershey School , which aired on IFC and Sundance Channel. Prior to her directing career, she was a cameraperson for PBS, HBO/Cinemax, Bravo, AMC, MTV, A&E, Discovery, TNT, Oxygen, LOGO, and The History Channel. Before her work in film, she worked full time for 6 years in homeless shelters in New York City. She currently lives with her husband and 2 daughters in western Massachusetts, where she operates her production company from 2 renovated barns.