In the wake of the Trayvon Martin killing, another victim of Florida’s controversial Stand Your Ground law was Jordan Davis, a black 17-year-old who was shot multiple times outside a Jacksonville gas station because he refused to lower the volume on his car radio. Marc Silver’s documentary on Davis’ death, 3 ½ Minutes, screened at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, and now Variety reports that HBO has secured the film’s television rights.
“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.
Davis’ shooter, Michael David Dunn, was subsequently found guilty for the murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole in October 2014. Dunn shot his firearm 10 times into an SUV carrying Davis and three friends after the teenagers refused to lower the Chief Keef song they were listening to. The incident later became known nationwide as the “Loud Music” killing.
Much like the case of George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin, where Zimmerman was acquitted thanks largely to Florida’s Stand Your Ground law, Dunn similarly attempted to use this self-defense tatic as he told the court he feared for his life. However, the jury ultimately delivered a guilty verdict in the Dunn trial.
“I am grieved that these continuing stories are everyday matters swept away,” HBO Documentary Films president Sheila Nevins said in a statement. “By bringing this powerful film to HBO audiences, we hope to elevate the national conversation around these tragic issues.”