HBO has licensed U.S. television rights to director Marc Silver’s Sundance premiere “3 1/2 Minutes,” the critically-acclaimed documentary about the shooting of black teenager Jordan Davis, and the trial of his killer, Michael Dunn. The film will debut on HBO in Fall 2015 after a theatrical release.
Here’s the synopsis: “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 1⁄2 Minutes” follows that journey, reconstructing the night of the murder and revealing how hidden racial prejudice can result in tragedy.”
The projected originated with producer Minette Nelson, whose son brought Davis’ story to her. She approached Marc Silver, whose feature-length documentary debut “Who Is Dayani Cristal?” featured Gael Garcia Bernal and won a cinematography award in Sundance’s World Documentary Cinema section. Silver travelled to Jacksonville in the summer of 2013 to begin shooting “3 1/2 Minutes,” which interweaves exclusive trial footage, observational scenes of Jordan’s parents, Ron and Lucy, police interrogation footage, prison phone records, eye-witness testimonies and more.
This harrowing exploration of criminal justice gone awry is presented by Participant Media with Filmmaker Fund / Motto Pictures production in association with Lakehouse Films and Actual Films.