Jay Z’s Docuseries on Kalief Browder to Premiere at Sundance

By Sameer Rao Dec 06, 2016

The first two episodes of the Shawn "Jay Z" Carter-produced documentary series about Kalief Browder will premiere next month at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.

The Sundance Institute announced yesterday (December 5) that the festival will feature "TIME: The Kalief Browder Story" as part of its "Special Events" showcase. Carter executive produced the series through his two-year film and television production deal with The Weinstein Co.

The full 10-hour series focuses on the short life of Browder, who became a face of prison and trial reform movements after he was imprisoned for three years without trial at New York City’s infamous Rikers Island jail for allegedly stealing a backpack. Browder, arrested at age 16, endured violent beatings from prison guards and other incarcerated individuals and spent 400 days in solitary confinement. Outcry over his ordeal pushed Mayor Bill de Blasio to promise reforms that would keep minors from long pre-trial jail stays. Browder committed suicide in 2015, two years after his release.

Browder’s mother Venida died in October, just days after she appeared on a panel with Carter to discuss the series. "TIME" will air in full on Spike TV on a still-unreleased date in January.

The Sundance Institute’s announcement also mentioned "Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities," a new documentary from Stanley Nelson ("The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution") about historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

(H/t Okayplayer, The Hollywood Reporter)