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Stefon Bristol on 'See You Yesterday,' His Time-Travel Film About Police Brutality

Director Stefon Bristol hopes his new time-travel film “See You Yesterday” will continue the conversation about police brutality.

“I don’t have the answer to end police brutality,” he explained. “I just want people to continue to talk about it, continue being annoying—annoyed about it, and annoy people.”

In “See You Yesterday,” best friends C.J and Sebastian create a backpack that allows them to briefly travel back into the recent past. The duo attempts to use the backpack to reverse the fate of C.J.’s brother who is mistaken for an armed robber and shot by police.

“When we have these great sci-fi, action-adventure movies, that happened in recent years—I’m often with my friends and other filmmakers. We love them but we leave the theater feeling a little empty,” Bristol explained. “With sci-fi there’s a chance to put something in there that really matters to us a lot.”

The Spike Lee-produced film is based on Bristol’s award-winning short film of the same name. He says three specific incidents of police brutality inspired him to create the short.

“First was the result of the Trayvon Martin trial, and then it was the murder of Mike Brown, and then it was the murder of Eric Garner,” he explained.

“See You Yesterday” premiered at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival.