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HBO has acquired the television rights to the documentary 3 1/2 Minutes.
The network made the announcement Saturday about the film, which premiered at Sundance on Jan. 24. The deal was brokered by HBO, Submarine’s Josh Braun and Participant Media’s Jeff Ivers.
The doc’s subject is the 2012 fatal shooting of unarmed 17 year-old African American high-school student Jordan Davis. Davis was shot and killed by Michael David Dunn who fired ten bullets over a dispute at a gas station in Jacksonville, Fla. The film documents the brutal shooting as well as the aftermath of the encounter.
“I am grieved that these continuing stories are everyday matters swept away,” said Sheila Nevins, HBO Documentary Films president. “By bringing this powerful film to HBO audiences we hope to elevate the national conversation around these tragic issues.”
The documentary is written and directed by Marc Silver. Carolyn Hepburn and Minnette Nelson are attached to the doc as producers. Orlando Bagwell, Bonni Cohen, and Julie Goldman exec produced.
“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,” said Silver.
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