Jay Z’s Docuseries on Kalief Browder Will World Premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival
Jay Z might have been quieter on the music front this year, but what he's accomplishing behind the scenes is just as impactful. Two months back, the Roc Nation mogul announced a two-year production deal with The Weinstein Company (TWC), which lets the company get an exclusive first look at any project he decides to produce. During the press conference, Hov revealed that he is currently working on a docuseries about Kalief Browder.
With the series being titled TIME: The Kalief Browder Story, news is now surfacing that it will be world premiering at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival next year. The first part of the docuseries is set to air in January on Spike TV, following with six parts total. The executive producers include Hov, Harvey Weinstein, David Glasser, director Jenner Furst, Nick Sandow, Julia Willoughby Nason and Michael Gasparri.
If you recall, Kalief Browder is the Bronx high school student who tragically committed suicide in 2015 after being held at Rikers Island for three years for allegedly stealing a backpack. When he was 16 years old in 2010, the student was arrested for second-degree robbery and imprisoned for three years with no conviction, and was put in solitary confinement for two of those three years. While he was offered a plea deal, Browder refused at the time, and maintained his innocence.
Eventually the case was dismissed due to so many trial postponements, and his accuser left the country, letting him go as a free man. He tragically hanged himself six months after his release.