2nd Chance

2nd Chance

24th TDF: International Premiere

In 1969, bankrupt pizzeria owner Richard Davis invented the modern-day bulletproof vest. To prove that it worked, he shot himself 192 times. Davis then launched “Second Chance,” which became one of the largest body armor companies in the world. Charming and brash, he directed sensational marketing films, earning him celebrity status among police and gun owners across the country. But the death of a police officer wearing a Second Chance vest catalyzes Davis’s fall, revealing a man full of contradictions cultivated over decades of reckless lies. In his first documentary feature, Ramin Bahrani – a pillar of independent cinema, once acclaimed by Roger Ebert as the new great American director – portrays a man equally questionable and captivating, who saved thousands of lives while endangering exponentially more.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Direction: Ramin Bahrani
Script: Ramin Bahrani
Cinematography: Adam Stone
Editing: Aaron Wickenden
Sound: Jacob Ribicoff
Music: T. Griffin
Production: Vespucci
Producers: Charles Dorfman, Ramin Bahrani, Jacob Grodnik, Daniel Turcan, Johnny Galvin
Co-producers: Tanya Bindra
Executive producer: Marlon Vogelgesang, Bahareh Azimi, Myles Estey, Joshua Oppenheimer
Narration: Ramin Bahrani
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: USA
Production Year: 2022
Duration: 89΄
Contact: Vespucci

Ramin Bahrani


2005 Man Push Cart (fiction)
2007 Chop Shop (fiction)
2009 Plastic Bag (short, fiction)
2012 At Any Price (fiction)
2018 Blood Kin (short)
2021 The White Tiger (fiction)
2022 2nd Chance