“This Film Started Because I Needed to Capture Moments”: Director and DP Rudy Valdez on The Sentence

By Filmmaker Staff

NYC-based filmmaker Rudy Valdez began filming The Sentence more than 10 years ago. In those early years, he wasn’t making a documentary: He was filming moments to share with his sister Cindy, who was serving a draconian 15-year sentence in prison. The footage soon took shape into a feature doc on his family’s quest to fight for Cindy’s release during the final years of the Obama administration. Below, Valdez discusses mass incarceration, filming his own family and why looking at old documentary photographs reminds him “to be patient and capture moments.” Filmmaker: How and why did you wind up being […] → continue…

From:: Filmmaker Magazine

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