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Director/Cinematographer: Rudy Valdez | Producer/Composer: Sam Bisbee | Producer: Jackie Bisbee | Editor: Viridiana Lieberman | USA / 2018 / 84 min
About the Film
Director Rudy Valdez’s sister, Cindy, a married mother of three young girls, long ago left a drug-dealing ex. Despite this, she receives a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in prison under conspiracy charges related to his crimes. Over a period of ten years, Rudy’s camera captures the moments in his nieces’ lives that Cindy is missing. This personal portrait of the devastating impact of draconian laws on families was an Audience Award winner at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
About the Filmmaker
Rudy Valdez is a Michigan-raised, Brooklyn-based filmmaker. He got his start as a camera operator on the Peabody Award-winning series Brick City and has worked as a cinematographer for directors and producers such as Sebastian Junger, Whoopi Goldberg, Geeta Gandbhir, and Samuel D. Pollard. Ten years in the making, The Sentence is Rudy’s directorial debut. When he's not working, you can find Rudy at the park with his wife and daughter.