Dogwoof picks up Sundance winner “3 1/2 Minutes”

The London-based distributor has acquired the international rights to the Marc Silver-directed documentary (pictured), which won the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Social Impact at Sundance.
April 9, 2015

UK distributor Dogwoof has acquired the international rights – excluding North America – for director Marc Silver’s documentary 3 1/2 Minutes (pictured) from Participant Media.

The London-based company is planning a theatrical run in the UK for late 2015 and will then distribute the film across digital platforms. HBO will air the film on television in the United States following a theatrical release.

The film delves into Florida’s Stand Your Ground self-defense laws and the case of Florida teenager Jordan Davis, who was shot and killed at a gas station after an argument over loud music. His killer, Michael Dunn, was convicted of first-degree murder in a retrial two years later.

3 1/2 Minutes world premiered at the Sundance Film Festival where it won the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Social Impact.

“This is a timely film about a racial tension and we feel it will resonate with our buyers,” said Dogwoof head of sales Vesna Cudic in a statement.

The documentary was produced by The Filmmaker Fund and Motto Pictures in association with Lakehouse Films and Actual Films. Orlando Bagwell, Bonni Cohen, Julie Goldman, and Participant Media’s Jeff Skoll and Diane Weyermann exec produced.

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