On Time follows the life of Renee Johnson, a mother forced to make a dangerous decision for the sake of her child. Six months unemployed and desperate, Renee realizes this isn’t the life she wants for her seven-year-old daughter, Imani. Renee receives an interview for a job, but her babysitter flakes. So on a warm Los Angeles day, Renee leaves Imani in the car as she goes in for her interview. Renee lands the job, but walks outside to find a much worse scenario.
On Time came into fruition through researching stories of the juvenile dependency court, as well as foster families and foster homes. Many people (and most audiences) are unfamiliar with the reunification process for parents and children, children's court, or the workload of children protective services caseworkers. There is an overwhelming disparity in how parents of color are dealt with in juvenile court. I want to expose these problems. Audiences should leave this film emotionally moved, with their minds open to learning more about the legal system for parents and children in regard to the reunification process.