Born in Dallas, 21-year-old Sha’Carri Richardson is already a household name. She ascended to fame in international track circles in 2019 as a freshman at Louisiana State University, when she ran the 100-meter dash at the NCAA Championships in a blistering 10.75 seconds.
What came next? Expectations, of course, that Richardson would position herself at the forefront of the American delegation to the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. It didn’t happen, despite the Carter High School alumna managing to surpass her previous time by running the 100 meters in 10.72 seconds at the Olympic trials last April — a time that was later scratched.
Richardson could have gone to Tokyo and competed, for instance, in the 4x100-relay. But instead, she opted out entirely. Having tested positive for marijuana, she had her personal best at the U.S. trials invalidated, making her ineligible to compete in the 100-meter event in Tokyo.
But now, she’s making news of a different sort. She’s the subject of a new documentary short titled Sub Eleven Seconds, which will have its world premiere at the virtual 2022 Sundance Film Festival.
Sub Eleven Seconds is directed by the mononymous filmmaker Bafic. Its executive producer is Virgil Abloh, the American fashion designer who created the label Off-White and headed Louis Vuitton’s menswear collection before he died in November at 41.
Richardson tweeted the trailer for the film on Tuesday. Sundance describes Sub Eleven Seconds as “a rumination on time, loss, and hope” and “a poetic imagining” of Richardson’s quest “to achieve her dream of qualifying for the Olympic Games.”
“Time is my blessing and my curse,” she says in the trailer. “On the track, I’ve been blessed to run fast. Off the track, time has cheated me. You don’t know when something or someone will be taken from you.”
Richardson has said she used marijuana in an effort to cope with what she called severe emotional pain. After testing positive, she appeared on Today on NBC, saying she had learned of the death of her biological mother from a reporter, which provoked what she called an “emotional panic.” Marijuana, she said, helped her cope.
“We all have our different struggles,” she said at the time. “But to put on a face, to have to go in front of the world and put on a face and hide my pain, like, who are you? Who am I to tell you how to cope when you’re dealing with a pain or you’re dealing with a struggle you’ve never experienced before?
“I apologize for the fact that I didn’t know how to control my emotions or deal with my emotions during that time,” she continued. “Don’t judge me. I am human … I just happen to run a little faster.”
The Sundance Film Festival runs through Jan. 30. Sub Eleven Seconds will be available for viewing on the festival’s website with the purchase of a $50 Explorer Pass, which grants viewers access to shorts and certain other categories of films.
SOURCE- Dallas Morning News