Thursday, February 14, 2013

The 904: Shadow on the Sunshine State

February 22 – 28

Gun violence is the focus. Jacksonville, Florida - area code 904 - is the location and the Sunshine State's murder capital.  The real-life story of Jacksonville’s epidemic tide of violence, The 904 shares the stories of victims, including a star NFL player gunned down in a hail of bullets, as well as the search for solutions. 

With the unfortunate distinction as the murder capital of Florida for the past 10 years, Jacksonville is a city plagued by violent crime with a homicide rate consistently topping metropolitan areas including Miami, Orlando and Tampa.  This award-winning documentary explores the complex reasons for crime and sounds a call for grassroots support of anti-crime and intervention efforts.  
Among the personal stories featured, the film visits former NFL Jacksonville Jaguar, Richard Collier, paralyzed after being shot 14 times during a night out, and another fellow Jaguar Tony Boselli, sponsor of Youth Life Learning Centers which provides a haven from urban streets and guides kids on a path to making better life choices.   
"The 904: Shadow on the Sunshine State"
The 904 also tells Beverly McClain’s story, the Jacksonville mother who lost her only son Andre to a still-unknown killer.  In her darkest hour, she has made it her life’s mission to help others cope and heal with the Families of Slain Children organization she founded.
Executive Producer Melissa Ross was inspired to make The 904 after being asked to serve on “The Jacksonville Journey,” an anti-crime initiative with city leaders working to respond to the city’s crime epidemic.  Contributing to the city’s high crime rate are long-standing racial inequalities, historic socioeconomic factors, and educational challenges.
Awarded "Best Audience Film" at the International Black Film Festival of Nashville, The 904 was the 2011 Suncoast Emmy winning film and the 2010 recipient of the prestigious Don Davis Film Finishing Fund Award via Film Florida.
Don’t miss the real story behind Jacksonville’s crime epidemic in this award-winning documentary exclusively at Digiplex Theaters.

February 22 – 28

"The 904: Shadow on the Sunshine State" 

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