$15 General Admission, $12 Member, $7 child age 14 or younger
Doors Open for admissions 30 min. prior to screening SOLD OUT
Joining us after the screening — directed, produced and edited by Kate Davis and David Heilbroner, Sandra Bland’s mom: Geneva Reed Veal and sisters: Shante Needham and Sharon Cooper, all national spokespeople for Sandra Bland and activists to eliminate police brutality, and Cannon Lambert, lead attorney from Chicago. The Vineyard screening will be a rare chance for folks to see the film with filmmakers and 2 of Sandra Bland sisters and their lead attorney present for the Q&A, moderated by Charlayne Hunter-Gault.
In 2015, Sandra Bland, a politically active 28-year-old black woman from Chicago was arrested for a traffic violation in a small Texas town. Three days later, Sandra was found hanging from a noose in her jail cell. Dash cam footage revealing her violent arrest went viral, leading to national protests claiming that this was a case of racially-motivated murder. Sandra quickly became a poster child for police brutality, leaving millions to question ‘What really happened to Sandra Bland?’
The filmmakers worked closely with the family and their legal team starting ten days after Sandra’s death, and later Texas law enforcement, tracking the two-year battle between Sandra’s aggrieved family and a trio of small-town Texas authorities. Filled with disturbing, never-before-told revelations about the case, the film is also punctuated by Sandra’s own passionate video blogs which call out racism, and eerily foreshadow the questions her own death.
Part political thriller, part murder mystery, and a portrait of race relations in America today SAY HER NAME tells the story of a young African American woman who was arrested for a traffic violation in small-town Texas and was found hanging in her jail cell three days later. The dash cam footage went viral, leading to national protests and accusations of murder. For two years, we were embedded with the family and their attorneys, exploring what really happened to Sandra Bland and what we may learn from her tragedy.
“Heartbreaking..one of the most galvanizing episodes of this generation’s civil rights struggle…poignantly explored…should revive conversations about this upsetting case…What the film does best is bear witness to what happened on the day of the arrest and place it in the context of Bland’s political life.” — JOHN DEFORE, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTERKate and David at the 2018 Academy Awards where their short film TRAFFIC STOP was nominated
KATE DAVIS studied filmmaking at Harvard and has made acclaimed documentaries for twenty years. An AMPAS member, her film SOUTHERN COMFORT won dozens of awards including The Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, The Berlin Film Fest Special Jury Award and First Prize at Hot Docs and Seattle Film Festival, and The Grierson Award in England.
Kate and her partner, David Heilbroner, were nominated for an Academy Award (2018) for their film, TRAFFIC STOP.
Davis and Heilbroner co-directed/co-produced THE CHESHIRE MURDERS, THE NEWBURGH STING (Peabody Award), directed JOCKEY (Emmy Award, Best Direction), STONEWALL UPRISING (Peabody Award) for American Experience, and SCOPES: THE BATTLE OVER AMERICA’S SOUL for the History Channel. They are currently completing a music film titled BORN INTO THE GIG, and for HBO, are releasing a documentary on the national case of Sandra Bland, titled SAY HER NAME: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF SANDRA BLAND.