3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets


2015 Season
New York, San Francisco

As the deaths of Jordan Davis, Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Freddie Gray galvanize the public and begin to shape national dialogue and policy, the intimate and moving 3½ Minutes, Ten Bullets brings the conversation back home—to the impact felt by families across the country for whom reform can’t come fast enough. In November 2012 in Jacksonville, Florida, four unarmed African American teenagers stop at a gas station to buy gum and cigarettes. When a middle-aged white man parks beside them, an altercation begins over the volume of rap music playing in the teens’ car. In a matter of moments, Michael Dunn fires 10 bullets into their car, killing 17-year-old Jordan Davis instantly. Directed by Marc Silver (Who Is Dayani Cristal?), 3½ Minutes, Ten Bullets is a seamlessly constructed, riveting documentary that explores the danger and subjectivity of Florida's Stand Your Ground self-defense laws. The film weaves Dunn's trial with Jordan Davis's parents' wrenching experiences in and out of the courtroom. The result is a powerful story about the devastating effects of racial bias and the search for justice within the US legal system. Special Jury Award for Social Impact, US Documentary, Sundance Film Festival 2015   
Courtesy of Participant Media   3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets opens in theaters starting June 19th.

Marc Silver
Country of Production: 
United States
Filmmaker Bio(s): 
Marc Silver

Documentary filmmaker, cinematographer and social impact strategist Marc Silver is creative director of The Filmmaker Fund, which supports independent documentaries devoted to unique stories of the human condition. His films include The Leech and the Earthworm (2003), the short Los Invisibles (2010; co-directed with Gael García Bernal), Who Is Dayani Cristal? (2013) and 3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets (2015). He is currently at work on a film about ayahuasca, neuroscience and global drug policy.

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