Sundance: HBO Acquires ‘3 1/2 Minutes’ Doc on Jordan Davis Shooting

3 1/2 Minutes

HBO has licensed U.S. television rights to director Marc Silver’s “3 1/2 Minutes,” following its premiere in documentary competition at the Sundance Film Festival.

The film centers on the 2012 shooting death of black teenager Jordan Davis at a Florida gas station and the subsequent trial of his killer, Michael Dunn.

HBO will air the film in the fall after its theatrical release.

“I am grieved that these continuing stories are everyday matters swept away,” said Sheila Nevins, president of HBO Documentary Films. “By bringing this powerful film to HBO audiences, we hope to elevate the national conversation around these tragic issues.”

“3 1/2″ Minutes” is a production of the Filmmaker Fund / Motto Pictures, in association with Lakehouse Films and Actual Films. Producers are Carolyn Hepburn and Minette Nelson. Executive producers are Orlando Bagwell, Bonni Cohen, Julie Goldman and Participant Media’s Jeff Skoll and Diane Weyermann.

The deal was negotiated by HBO, Josh Braun at Submarine, and Jeff Ivers at Participant Media.

The Jordan Davis shooting took place after Dunn, a white middle-aged male, and Davis exchanged angry words over the volume of the music in Davis’ car. Dunn fired 10 bullets at a car full of unarmed teenagers and then fled. Dunn was arrested the next day and claimed he shot in self-defense.

He was convicted on three counts of attempted second-degree murder for firing at three other teenagers who were with Davis, and one count of firing into a vehicle. He was sentenced in October to life without parole.

“Following the incredible response ‘3 1/2 Minutes’ received at Sundance, I am thrilled that HBO is joining with Participant to bring Marc Silver’s devastating, dramatic, and all-too-timely documentary to a wider audience,” Weyermann, Participant’s exec VP of documentary film, said in a statement.

“When we started this journey, our aim was make sure that Jordan’s story was not going to be forgotten, that he would not become a statistic in an increasingly violent world; this is why we are so fortunate to be partnering with HBO and Participant Media for the distribution of ‘3 1/2 Minutes.’” Silver added. “We are now certain that Jordan’s story will reach the widest, most diverse audience possible.”

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  1. Dan says:

    Feel good movie of the year

  2. Pat deadder says:

    I am so sorry. I just don’t know how Jordan’s Mom and Dad can put one foot ahead of the other.
    I know this sounds a little crazy but if only the jury could have had some sense of Jordan.
    I’m not good at trying to say what I mean but seeing the other kids on the stand they were just normal adorable kids.
    Gosh I’m an old 68 year old white lady and even I can remember playing my music loud.
    I watched this trial and retrial more than once and I just don’t understand.
    Can I also say your beautiful son looks so much like his Father.
    IMHO Rhonda Rouer was a bitch,if you watch her interview with the police the next day it is beyond disgusting.
    Also I’m sorry for how us white people have had the unmitigated Gaul to treat other human beings so disgracefully.
    Wish the Sundance was called 1 minute and 36 seconds the length of time Rhonda was in the store before dunn murdered Jordan Davis.
    Sorry I do go on and on.

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