While scouring the Internet one night, Daniel Voshart stumbles upon a viral cell phone video. In North Charleston, South Carolina a chilling scene unfolds. A white police officer shoots an unarmed black man in the back as he runs away, pulling the trigger 8 times.
Out of an obsessive quest for the truth, Daniel is compelled to dig deeper, hoping to use his expertise in image stabilization to find evidence in the shaky video that will help indict the police officer. But in the glimmer of a shiny object, he finds something that could potentially help the man he set out to incriminate. Will he take things a step further and leave the comfort and safety of his apartment to actually get involved? What are the implications of being seen as helping a man vilified in the court of public opinion?
Set against the bigger narrative of the growing Black Lives Matter movement, the film’s micro-narrative profiles Daniel’s fascinating journey down the rabbit hole and follows his moral quandary to South Carolina. With surprising access, the film offers a rare glimpse behind the scenes of a justice system that allows this scenario to keep replaying itself over and over again.
Frame 394 questions our ideas of truth and justice in a modern viral media landscape — one that often features surface-level coverage and heavily polarized opinions; a place where ideas — even wrong ones — can spread like wildfire.