CMP was proud to co-sponsor a screening of Marc Silver's new documentary 3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets as part of the Docs at the Box Tuesday night series at the Music Box Theatre. CMP brought in producer Carolyn Hepburn from New York for a special pre-screening discussion with members, at which she gave insight into the process of putting together the film, thinking about its impact campaign, and finding the right partners for such an important and timely project. Members and guests then watched the incredibly moving film, a portrait of murdered teen Jordan Davis's parents as they follow the trial of the man accused of killing their son over the perceived threat of loud music in Jacksonville, FL. After the screening Hepburn talked further about the ways in which both Jordan's parents and the film are trying to effect change on gun safety and stand-your-ground laws, and on the culture of implicit bias against young black men. It was yet another great CMP event reminding us what an important role impact media has to play in changing culture and legislation in this country.
For those who missed the screening and discussion, listen to NPR's Michele Norris interview director Marc Silver and Jordan Davis's mother Lucia McBath, for a difficult conversation on the topic and excerpts from the film: