3½ MINUTES: TEN BULLETS dissects the aftermath of the murder of 17-year-old Jordan Davis and the trial of Michael Dunn who, in 2012, shot him repeatedly at a Florida gas station for playing his music too loudly.
On Black Friday 2012, four African-American teenagers stopped at a gas station to buy gum and cigarettes. One of them, Jordan Davis, argued with Michael Dunn, a white man parked beside them, over the volume of music playing in their car. The altercation turned to tragedy when Dunn fired 10 bullets at the unarmed boys, killing Davis almost instantly. The seamlessly constructed, riveting documentary film 3 1⁄2 MINUTES, TEN BULLETS explores the danger and subjectivity of Florida's Stand Your Ground self-defense laws by weaving Dunn's trial with a chorus of citizen and pundit opinions, and with Jordan Davis' parents' wrenching experiences in and out of the courtroom.
As conversations about Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Walter Scott, Freddy Gray, and other victims of senseless violence play out on the national stage, 3 1⁄2 MINUTES, TEN BULLETS dives deep into the aftermath of Jordan Davis’ murder. This intimate story of unnecessary loss in the face of insidious racism promotes seeing one another as human beings, with the hope that compassion will lessen the inevitability of racial bias, disparity and violence.
Directed by Marc Silver, the film won a Special Jury Award for Social Impact at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the RiverRun Film Festival.
3 1⁄2 MINUTES, TEN BULLETS opened theatrically June 19th in New York followed by a national release. HBO will premiere the film November 2015.
“Impressive...Emotional...Suspenseful”—Ben Kenigsberg, The New York Times
“With its intimate portrayal of a tragedy that echoes the killings of unarmed black men around the country, “3 1/2 Minutes” offers a tale as emotional as it is topical.”—Steven Zeitchik, The Los Angeles Times
“"3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets" is a thought-provoking, mournful experience.”—Robert Abele, The Los Angeles Times
“3 ½ Minutes masterfully unites the narratives of all sides to place a cinematic microscope on the destructive nature of the nation's deadliest social disease.” —Julian Mitchell, Huffington Post
“A–”—Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly
“Gripping.”—Kyle Smith, New York Post
“Director Marc Silver expertly interweaves the courtroom drama and its larger social and human implications.”—Kyle Smith, New York Post
“Gripping...Brilliant”—Crystal Bell, MTV
“…tight and accomplished on all levels.” - Variety
“[A] harrowing exploration of criminal justice gone awry.” - Indiewire
“[A] shocking, moving and relatively unbiased account of the tragedy.” - The Guardian
“…a chilling, rigorously assembled documentary.” - Grantland
"Silver's film is a superbly crafted documentary...a stunning and objective piece of documentary filmmaking...gorgeously quiet and allows for as much breathing room as possible...Marc Silver is at the top of his game here" - Joshua Brunsting, Criterion Cast