Garrett Bradley - director of "TIME"

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"TIME" Garrett Bradley - director of "TIME" discusses how she put together 20 years of video tape to make a masterpiece. ‘Time’ Director Garrett Bradley: ‘The Way in Which Images Make Us Feel Becomes Fact’ “The film...is just as much about the effects of incarceration as it is about the facts,” said director Garrett Bradley. Director Garrett Bradley first met Fox Rich, a resilient woman fighting to free her husband serving a 60-year sentence, during the making of the filmmaker’s 2017 documentary “Alone,” about the ripple effects of incarceration on families. Her latest work, “Time,” which won the Directing Award for Documentary at Sundance this year, began as a 13-minute short film centered on Rich’s story. Initially, Bradley envisioned it just as a companion piece to “Alone.” But once she was done shooting footage for the short, Rich handed her a bag of years’ worth of her family archive on mini DV tape, which she had been shooting since the ’90s. The gravitas of that responsibility, someone entrusting her with physical material containing precious and painful memories, pushed her to make an entire feature film on Rich, her loved ones, and their plight. “I thought it was really important to find ways to extend the conversation around incarceration in a way that was familial and emotional and inherently feminist and Black and Southern,” Bradley said during a Q&A as part of the International Documentary Association screening series. “It was a hundred hours of footage,” the director recalled. For the first time in her career, Bradley decided it was necessary to enlist an editor to help her with the film. That’s how seasoned editor Gabe Rhodes (“Matangi/Maya/M.I.A”) came on board. For Bradley, the deeply personal material Rich provided was a gift that would ensure she could transmit aspects of her personality and that of her family that otherwise would have been absent from the project. Watch the video of Bradley’s interview with Editor-at-Large Anne Thompson above.

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