The Sentence

Directed by Rudy Valdez
87 minutes

Opening Night Film

This Sundance Audience Award Winner with Michigan roots is a deeply personal portrait of a Lansing family whose lives are turned upside down. Cindy Shank was a happily married mother of three little girls. For her tangential relationship to a drug dealing ex-boyfriend from a lifetime ago, Cindy is convicted of conspiracy through a little-known law known as “The Girlfriend Problem.” The minimum sentence is 15 excruciating years. Enter Cindy’s filmmaker brother Rudy Valdez, on hand to document every moment of his nieces new lives. As years pass, their mother’s absence feels more and more permanent. We watch as the girls grow up, the family suffers and the brother advocates for a pardon. The result is an impossibly moving and beautiful film that won’t leave a dry eye in the house. Bring tissues. In Person: Director Rudy Valdez and family.


Thursday, November 1, 6:15 pm, Studio C


General admission - $10.50
Seniors & matinees - $8
Students - $5

Advance tickets & reserved seating start 10/15 at, click Studio C!