Wednesday, June 5, 2019

The Sandman

Director: Lauren Knapp
Run Time: 19 minutes

“Examining the reasons why a doctor opposed to capital punishment has engaged in dozens of Georgia executions, this film provides unique insight into the challenges of the modern-day death penalty in America.”
– Robin Konrad, Howard University School of Law

Once Was Water

Director: Christopher Beaver
Run Time: 55 minutes

 “A fascinating exploration of one city’s historic campaign to conserve water. This inspiring story of how Las Vegas made peace with nature is a twenty-first century guide to sustainability. Once Was Water is a must-see for anyone interested in water, the environment, and improving their community.”

The Rise and Fall of the Brown Buffalo

Director: Phillip Rodriguez
Run Time: 57 minutes 

“There was his style: a Chicano attorney who materialized in Los Angeles courtrooms in loud ties, bearing business cards embossed with the Aztec god of war and, on at least one occasion, a gun.. . .Oscar “Zeta” Acosta was not only large, he was larger than life. The son of a peach picker, he was an activist lawyer who helped defend the “Eastside 13,” the 13 men indicted by a grand jury for their role in planning the East L.A. school walkouts of 1968.  But his place as one of pop culture’s most indelible characters came via his pal Hunter S. Thompson, who used Acosta as the inspiration for “Dr. Gonzo” in the drug-fueled roman à clef “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.”
– Carolina A. Miranda, Los Angeles Times.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Crime + Punishment (2018)

Director: Stephen Maing
Run Time: 112 minutes

“Sensitive portraiture and vigorous investigative reporting, Crime + Punishment tracks the struggle of minority police officers within the NYPD to reshape the culture of law enforcement itself. Maing’s film also proves arresting in its composition, its moody, city-spanning drone photography, its occasional playful looseness. But its power rises from the courage of its subjects, men and women who don’t necessarily want to be fighting the system – they’re eager to be out there in their city, policing the way they consider just.”
– Alan Scherstuhl, The Village Voice.

Labels: Police, Social Justice

Tribal Justice (2017)

Director: Anne Makepeace
Run Time: 87 minutes

Tribal Justice provides a compelling and humane face for tribal sovereignty… In this clear-eyed and honest film, we gain a sense of the humanity residing within the tribal justice system and with it, the optimism for tribal communities to succeed on their own terms.”– N. Bruce Duthu, Professor of Native American Studies, Dartmouth College.

Labels: Tribal Sovereignty