Showtime Documentary Films and Bleecker Street will release “2nd Chance,” an upcoming documentary from director Ramin Bahrani, in theaters in New York and Los Angeles on Friday, December 2. The film will be expanded to other cities on December 9. offer the doc on air, in streaming and on demand for its subscribers in the spring of 2023.
Bahrani’s feature-length documentary debut explores the life and legacy of Richard Davis, the charming and hot-headed inventor of the modern Kevlar body armor, who killed himself 192 times to prove his product worked. Davis, who leveraged his self-tested invention in launching Second Chance – which has become one of the largest body armor companies in the world – offers an American story of guns, violence, lies and self-deception. The death of a police officer wearing a second chance vest spearheaded Davis’ downfall.
“I’m very pleased to be working with Showtime and Bleeker Street on the release,” Bahrani said. “The film is a timely wild ride that I hope audiences will experience together in a theater and then on Showtime.”
“2nd Chance” had its world premiere at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival and subsequently played at HotDocs, True False Film Festival, BamCinemaFest, and CPH:DOX. It will also be screened at the upcoming Doc NYC. The film won awards at the Miami Film Festival and the Chicago International Film Festival.
Bahrani directed, wrote and produced “2nd Chance”. Daniel Turcan and Johnny Galvin of Vespucci, as well as Charles Dorfman and Jacob Grodnik, are also producers. The film is produced by filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer, Myles Estey, Bahareh Azimi and Marlon Vogelgesang. Fifth Season and Samuel Marshall Films produced and financed the film.