Sundance: HBO Takes 'The Sentence,' Doc That Examines Mandatory Sentencing

'The Sentence"

Rudy Valdez's film will appear on the cable network later this year.

HBO has acquired the U.S. television and streaming rights to Rudy Valdez’s documentary feature The Sentence, which recounts the case of his sister, who received a 15-year mandatory sentence for charges related to crimes committed by her deceased ex-boyfriend. The film had its world premiere in the U.S. Documentary Competition at the Sundance Film Festival.

HBO plans to debut the film, for which Cinetic handled domestic sales, later this year.

Valdez said of the first film he has directed, “This film has been more than ten years in the making, and we wanted to make sure we found the right home, especially given the intimate nature of the story.”

The Sentence was produced by Park Pictures’ Sam Bisbee and Jackie Kelman Bisbee. Executive producers are Wendy Neu, Lance Acord and Theodora Dunlap. Co-producers are Geeta Gandbhir and April Hayes.