Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland

Spotlight Documentary

World Premiere

USA | 105 MINUTES

SAY HER NAME: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF SANDRA BLAND

Documentary, Female Director(s), NY Director(s), Tribeca Film Festival Alumni
Sandra Bland was pulled over and arrested for failing to signal a lane change in Waller County, Texas, in 2015. Three days later, she was dead, having apparently committed suicide while in police custody. But, as the case took on nationwide notoriety and sparked street protests, family and friends were left with nothing but questions: What, after all, took a bright, energetic Black Lives Matter activist from the promise of a new job to a mysterious jail cell death in just three days? Academy Award®-nominated nominated filmmakers Kate Davis and David Heilbroner accompanied Bland’s family on their search for answers during the two years following her death. The result is a vigorous, unflinching case study in racial justice that also weaves in Bland’s own voice through her empowering online video series, “Sandy Speaks.” The character who emerges, beyond the flashpoint case, is a woman who dedicated her life to seeking out justice, and whose story and voice remain essential in the ongoing climate of racial injustice.

—Mara Webster

CAST & CREDITS

Directed by Kate Davis and David Heilbroner

Director Kate Davis’s work is marked by a knack for gaining the trust and conjuring the intimate mood needed to create a gripping, moving narrative. In 2004, she won an Emmy® for her documentary, Jockey, produced by her Say Her Name co-directorDavid Heilbroner. Their shared credits also include the Peabody Award-winning Stonewall Uprising. In addition to his work as an award-winning documentary filmmaker, Heilbroner has also worked as a Manhattan prosecutor, a criminal justice professor, and author.
Director
Kate Davis, David Heilbroner
Producer
David Heilbroner, Kate Davis
Cinematographer
Tom Bergmann, Kate Davis
Editor
David Heilbroner, Kate Davis
Composer
Joel Harrison
Executive Producer
Sheila Nevins
Co-Producer
Nancy Knox Talcott
US Distributor
HBO
Sound Recording
David Heilbroner
Cast
Geneva Reed-Veal, Sharon Cooper, Shante Needham, Cannon Lambert, Elton Mathis, Sheriff Glenn Smith

CONTACTS

Press Contact
Asheba Edghill
HBO
New York, 10036
Phone: 212 512 7331
asheba.edghill@hbo.com
Print Source
Gina Mundy
HBO
New York, NY 10010
Phone: 212 512 7800
gina.mundy@hbo.com