Part of SFFILM Festival
The topic of this documentary is unjust prison sentencing, but its real subjects are time and love. The love Sibil Fox Richardson has for her incarcerated husband Robert and for their six sons. Over two decades of imprisonment, Sibil marks time by making videos for her spouse, and the film flows fluidly from those visual records to footage from the present as she fights for his release. Weaving these elements poetically together, director Garrett Bradley shows that 20 years seems like forever, but can also be represented by 81 minutes of bravura filmmaking. Winner of the Directing Award in the US Documentary Competition at the Sundance Film Festival.
“Sixty years. That’s how long a Louisiana judge sentenced Rob Richardson to serve for armed bank robbery. Garrett Bradley covers more than a third of that term in Time, and the cumulative impact — boiled down into an open-minded and deeply empathetic 81 minutes — will almost certainly rewire how Americans think about the prison-industrial complex.” –Peter Debruge, Variety
Garrett Bradley makes her documentary feature debut with Time, winner of the documentary directing award at the Sundance Film Festival. Her previous features include the narratives Below Dreams (2014) and Cover Me (2015). She won the Sundance Short Film Jury Award for her film Alone (2011). She served as second-unit director to Ava DuVernay on the miniseries When They See Us (2019).
“I thought I was making a short film. On the last day of shooting [Time], I told Fox, ‘Okay, I’m going into the edit, and I’ll see you in three months.’ And she was like, ‘Oh hold on a second, I have this bag,’ and in the bag was 18 years of mini-DV tapes. It was like my worst nightmare and my biggest dream come true. I believe it was almost 100 hours of footage. And I watched all of it. And the short film transitioned into being a feature.” –Garrett Bradley, Film Comment
Director Garrett Bradley
Producer Lauren Domino, Kellen Quinn, Garrett Bradley
Editor Gabriel Rhodes
Cinematographer Zac Manuel, Justin Zweifach
Music Jamieson Shaw, Edwin Montgomery