In 3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets, two lives intersected and were forever altered.

COMPLETED 

Filmmakers: Marc Silver
Year: 2015
Runtime: 108 mins
Country: USA
Format: HD




AWARDS

Special Jury Award Winner for Social Impact - Sundance Film Festival 2015

Youth Jury Award Winner - Sheffield Doc/Fest 2015

FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS

Zurich Film Festival

American Film Festival, Poland 2015

SoIndependent 2015

Valladolid Film Festival 2015

IDFA 2015

 

STORY 

In 3 ½ Minutes, two lives intersected and were forever altered. On Black Friday in 2012, two
cars parked next to each other at a Florida gas station. A white middle-aged male and a black
teenager exchanged angry words over the volume of the music in the boy’s car. A gun entered
the exchange, and one of them was left dead.

Michael Dunn fired 10 bullets at a car full of unarmed teenagers and then fled. Three of those
bullets hit 17-year-old Jordan Davis, who died at the scene. Arrested the next day, Dunn claimed
he shot in self-defense. Thus began the long journey of unraveling the truth. 3 ½ Minutes
follows that journey, reconstructing the night of the murder and revealing how hidden racial
prejudice can result in tragedy.

Directed by Marc Silver (Who is Dayani Cristal?), the documentary intercuts powerful exclusive
footage from a riveting trial with intimate, observational scenes of Jordan’s parents, Ron and
Lucy. We see firsthand how difficult it is for them to grapple with unimaginable loss while
fighting for justice for their son. The film integrates police interrogation footage, prison phone
recordings and interviews with the others at the scene that night. The result is a powerful story
about the devastating effects of racial bias, and the search for justice within the judicial system.


PRESS

'Moving' ★★★★ - The Guardian

'As absorbing as any fictional courtroom drama' ★★★★ - The Independent

'Compelling' ★★★★ - The Times

'A powerful, gripping and deeply shocking film' ★★★★ - Empire

'Tight and accomplished on all levels' Variety

'A uniquely compelling real-life legal thriller' ★★★★ - Time Out

'Powerful and gripping' ★★★★ - The Huffington Post

'An enthralling, beautifully composed documentary' ★★★★ - Express


FILMMAKER

Marc Silver works worldwide as a filmmaker, director of photography and social impact strategist. His first feature length film, Who is Dayani Cristal?, premiered at the Sundance Festival 2013 where it won Cinematography Award: World Cinema Documentary and the Amnesty International Best Documentary award 2014.

Silver’s rich portfolio includes documentaries, concert visuals, art installations and branding. He has created content for the BBC, Channel 4, Universal Music, The Guardian, The New York Times, Amnesty International and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and has collaborated with artists such as Gael García Bernal, Nitin Sawhney, Michael Nyman, Jamie Cullum, Ben Okri, Matthew Herbert and Cirque Du Soleil. Silver is currently working on a new film about ayahuasca, neuroscience and global drug policy. He is creative director of The Filmmaker Fund.


CREDITS

Director: Marc Silver

Producers: Minette Nelson and Carolyn Hepburn

Executive Producers: Orlando Bagwell, Bonni Cohen, Julie Goldman, Jeff Skoll and Dianne Weyermann

Co-Executive Producer: David Eckles

Editors: Emiliano Battista and Gideon Gold

Original Music: Todd Boekelheide