Jordan Davis Documentary ‘3 1/2 Minutes’ Wins Special Jury Prize for Social Impact at Sundance 2015
On November 23, 2012 (Black Friday), Jordan Russell Davis and his friends (Leland Brunson, Tommie Stornes, and Tevin Thompson) pulled into a Gate Gas Station in Jacksonville, Florida at 7:30 PM, to purchase gum and cigarettes. Three and one-half minutes later, Michael David Dunn, a 45-year-old software developer, fired multiple shots at their vehicle, striking and killing Davis, a 17-year-old African-American high school student. Although Dunn claimed self-defense at his murder trial, Davis and his friends were unarmed. Dunn was initially convicted of attempted murder (of Davis’s friends). In a retrial, Dunn was found guilty of murdering Davis, and was sentenced to a mandatory sentence of life in prison with no chance of parole on October 17, 2014.
Marc Silver’s documentary film, ‘3 1/2 Minutes‘ follows the events of the aftermath of the shooting and the Michael Dunn murder trial (also known as the ‘loud music trial’). Sean P. Means of the Salt Lake Tribune writes:
The most powerful moment of the ceremony came with the special jury prize for social impact, given to Marc Silver’s documentary “3 1/2 Minutes.” The movie chronicled the trial of Michael Dunn, who shot and killed unarmed 17-year-old Jordan Davis in a Jacksonville, Fla., gas station parking lot — in a case that highlighted racial inequality and Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law.
Davis’ parents, Lucia McBath and Ron Davis, both spoke to the Sundance audience, which gave them a standing ovation.
Rolling Stone reports that HBO has secured the television rights for 3 1/2 Minutes:
“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,” Silver said in a statement. “We are now certain that Jordan’s story will reach the widest, most diverse audience possible.” HBO plans to air the film this fall, after the documentary’s theatrical release.