Amazon Studios has struck a deal to acquire Garrett Bradley’s debut feature-length documentary Time for US$5 million, Realscreen has confirmed.
Time (pictured), which premiered Jan. 25 at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, is an intimate portrait of the “systemic separation” of African American families, first through enslavement and now through mass incarceration.
Time follows Fox Rich, an entrepreneur, author and mother of six who has spent the last 21 years fighting for the release of her husband, Rob, who is serving a 60-year sentence for an offense they both committed. Weaving “commanding observations” with family videos, the film offers a glimpse into “years of longing, pain and hopeful anticipation of reuniting.”
Bradley, whose Alone won the Short Film Jury Award: Non-fiction at the 2017 festival, was presented with this year’s Directing Award in the U.S. Documentary competition.
Jonathan Silberberg and Shannon Dill are co-executive producers; Dan Janvey is co-producer.
The deal, first reported in The Hollywood Reporter, is the most recent to come out of the 42nd Utah-set film festival, which concluded earlier this month on Feb. 2.
Other non-fiction titles picked up at the festival include John James’ Siempre, Luis, which was acquired by HBO, and Elyse Steinberg, Josh Kriegman and Eli Despres’ The Fight, which was reportedly picked up by Magnolia Pictures and Topic Studios in a seven figure deal, according to The Wrap.