The movie, titled 3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets, is getting plenty of buzz as advanced screenings of the HBO documentary are offered in more locations — namely college campuses.
As reported by the Associated Press, 3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets tell the tragic true story of 17-year-old Jordan Davis. Davis was shot and killed by 48-year-old old Michael Dunn, a man who expressed his disdain for loud rap music. Dunn called rap music “thug music,” as court testimony revealed, and as is seen in real courtroom footage from the 3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets movie trailer video above.
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The Chicago Tribune notes that the 3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets movie will premiere on HBO on November 23. The 3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets movie previously enjoyed an advanced screening at Venue SIX10 at the Spertus Institute in Chicago, located at 610 South Michigan Avenue, and is set to screen elsewhere. On Sunday, 3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets will be played on the FSU campus at the Florida State University Student Life Cinema. The movie theater is run by FSU students – and generally plays indie movies, as well as foreign and classic films. The address is 942 Learning Way, Tallahassee, Florida, and those interested in seeing 3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets can call the FSU theater at (850) 644-4455 for more information.
When the 3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets movie was screened at the University of North Florida, reports WJCT NEWS, the award-winning movie enjoyed a sold-out audience. As such, the 3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets movie gets people taking and thinking about their views on the “Stand Your Ground” law, especially as it relates to carrying guns on college campuses.
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Marc Silver is the moviemaker behind the 3 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets movie — a man who simply requested permission to film the courtroom action as Dunn went on trial twice for firing at least 10 bullets into a vehicle of African Americans.
“We sought permission to film in the courtroom from the judge a few months before the trial. I was allowed to stand at the back and film, and we also took a feed from two closed-captioned TV cameras in the courtroom. We then mixed those three feeds to provide footage for the media, so they could report daily.”
The 3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets filmmaking has received accolades even prior to its premiere on HBO.
“Premiered at the Sundance Film Festival 2015.
U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Social Impact, Sundance.
Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature, River Run.
It will be broadcast on HBO later in 2015.”
Silver’s 3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets movie showed a weeping Dunn on the stand as he painted himself the victim in the tragedy. Dunn claimed he believed his life was in danger, and spoke of looking down the barrel of a shotgun, but footage from 3 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets reveals Dunn admitting that “anything’s possible” when asked by an authority if the supposed weapon that was never found was a figment of his imagination.
“I was focused on the witness stand, the judge and the cutaways. Even though it felt restrictive to be filming for two weeks in a room with no natural light, I began to seek out the slightest moments of drama via the body language of the people in the room. I think, all in all, they are very revealing and the court scenes feel very cinematic.”
In the end, Dunn was convicted of first-degree murder for killing Jordan. Davis’ father can be seen in the 3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets movie trailer, speaking of receiving a text message from Trayvon Martin’s father, welcoming him into a club that no one wants to join. Dunn received life in prison for shooting and killing the teen after a tragic melee over loud hip-hop music arose.
[AP Photo / The Florida Times-Union, Bob Mack, Pool]