If you’re from Jacksonville, Florida or ever call anyone from there then you’ll know that 904 is the city’s area code. If you’re from there you might also know that Jacksonville is the Sunshine State’s murder capitol and has been for nine years.
That’s where the documentary The 904 comes in. It documents the “real-life story of a city’s effort to stem the tide of violence threatening to consume it” through a woman named Beverly McClain. Beverly’s son was murdered two years before this film was released and it made her realize the magnitude of Jacksonville’s problem. She hasn’t found out who murdered her son, but she has made it her life’s mission to help comfort grieving families, consult with the police about killers, and work to raise awareness and funds for Families of Slain Children Center, the center she one day hopes to open.
This film will be screening for free at Vanderbilt’s Sarratt Cinema tomorrow, Tuesday February 1st at 7pm. It’s not rated and the running time is 66 minutes long.