‘The Sentence’ Director On How The Documentary Was “Born Out Of Necessity” – Sundance Studio

Rudy Valdez was not a filmmaker when he started the long, emotional journey of making the documentary film The Sentence, which detailed the aftermath of his sister Cindy Shank’s 15-year sentence in federal prison for conspiracy charges related to crimes committed by her deceased ex-boyfriend—something known, in legal terms, as “the girlfriend problem.”
“This film was something that was born out of necessity,” said Valdez during his stop at Deadline’s Sundance Studio. I…

Rudy Valdez was not a filmmaker when he started the long, emotional journey of making the documentary film The Sentence, which detailed the aftermath of his sister Cindy Shank’s 15-year sentence in federal prison for conspiracy charges related to crimes committed by her deceased ex-boyfriend—something known, in legal terms, as "the girlfriend problem." “This film was something that was born out of necessity,” said Valdez during his stop at Deadline’s Sundance Studio. I…