New Award Winning True Crime Doc on NETFLIX ‘TELL THEM YOU LOVE ME’ Set for June 14 Premiere

Premieres on NETFLIX Friday June 14


Winner- Best Documentary Feature- 2023 Hamptons International Film Festival

Winner – Best Documentary Award – 2023 Montclair Film Festival

Executive Produced by Louis Theroux, Directed by Nick August-Perna

Tell Them You Love Me explores the story of Anna Stubblefield, an esteemed Rutgers university professor who becomes embroiled in a controversial affair with Derrick Johnson, a non verbal man with cerebral palsy. Anna says she unlocked Derrick’s mind from his body by teaching him to communicate using a keyboard.

The relationship that followed would lead to a high profile criminal trial that would challenge our perceptions of disability and the nature of consent. Through exclusive footage and interviews with those on both sides of the case, this feature documentary weaves a riveting and endlessly nuanced story about communication, race, and sex.

Features exclusive interviews with 

ANNA STUBBLEFIELD – Former professor of philosophy and disability studies at Rutgers University

SANDRA MCLENNEN – Anna’s mother. Psychologist, retired Professor, advocate for individuals with neurological and physical disabilities

DERRICK JOHNSON – Derrick is a lifelong resident of Irvington, NJ, a student in an adult day program, his lived disabilities and experience are the central focus of the film

JOHN JOHNSON – Derrick’s brother. Assistant Professor of History at St. Peter’s University

DAISY JOHNSON – Derrick and John’s mother

DEVVA KASNITZ – Adjunct Professor of Disability Studies at the City University of New York. Anthropologist. Author

DR. HOWARD SHANE – Director of the Autism Language Program and Communication Enhancement Program at Children’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. Former director of the Institute on Applied Technology, and associate professor at Harvard Medical School

ROSEMARY CROSSLEY – One of the first major advocates of facilitated communication and disability rights. Former director of the Anne McDonald Centre near Melbourne, Victoria, which provides assessment and augmentative communication services

PRODUCTION COMPANY: Mindhouse and Nick August-Perna Films

DIRECTOR: Nick August-Perna

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Arron Fellows & Louis Theroux

PRODUCERS: Nick August-Perna, Tamara Rosenberg, Andrea Debrito


EDITOR – Seth Bomse



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