Nearly 50 years ago, a mass murder was committed in the small Florida town of Arcadia. The victims were all children in the same family of African-American citrus pickers. Their father James Richardson was convicted of the crime and sentenced to death. More than 20 years and a series of unprecedented miracles followed in order to set him free. Now, in the present day, James Richardson travels back to Florida in the hopes of receiving a glimmer of justice from a State which took his life away. This is a story that has unfolded countless times in different ways in towns large and small across America. This film represents a multi-generational effort to diagram this story from beginning to end, in the hopes that we can one day learn how to prevent it from ever happening again.
Time Simply Passes made its debut at Thessaloniki Documentary Festival in Greece, and has gone on to win nearly a dozen awards at festivals around the world including the Audience Award at Tallgrass Film Festival and the Golden Camel Award for Best Director at the Jaipur International Film Festival in India.
About the Artists
Ty Flowers is a documentary filmmaker, video artist, and musician based in New York City, and is the founder of Tanman Films. He grew up in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and attended the University of Florida in Gainesville. He has shot and edited Television programs for The History Channel, Science, Natgeo, Discovery, A&E, and the Travel Channel. His
work has been exhibited at or been featured in Spin Magazine, Pitchfork, Stereogum, NPR, Noisey, and New York Live Arts. His first documentary film Time Simply Passes is currently touring the world and is so far the recipient of numerous awards including the Audience Award at Tallgrass Film Festival and the Golden Camel Award for Best Director at Jaipur International Film Festival.