The Hottest August

Date: Monday, October 7, 2019

Time: 7pm

Location: Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA

Director: Brett Story

Film Details: 2019, 94 minutes, DCP, color, sound, English

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World Premiere at the 2019 True/False Film Festival. Official Selection of CPH:DOX, SXSW Film Festival and, Hot Docs Canadian International Film Festival.

Filmmaker Brett Story will attend in person for Q&A. 

About the Film:

A complex portrait of a city and its inhabitants, The Hottest August gives
us a window into the collective consciousness of the present. The
film’s point of departure is one city over one month: New York City,
including its outer boroughs, during August 2017. It’s a month heavy
with the tension of a new President,  growing anxiety over everything
from rising rents to marching white nationalists, and unrelenting news
of either wildfires or hurricanes on every coast. The film pivots on the
question of futurity: what does the future look like from where we are
standing? And what if we are not all standing in the same place? The Hottest August
offers a mirror onto a society on the verge of catastrophe, registering
the anxieties, distractions, and survival strategies that preoccupy
ordinary lives.

The Hottest August confronts the urban, cosmopolitan, festival-going audience that will inevitably comprise its first (and hopefully not last) wave of reception with its own mirror image: a group of people doing their best to look away from what’s on the horizon while simultaneously resisting the urge to turn that gaze too far inward.” – Adam Nayman, CinemaScope

About the Director:

Brett Story is an award-winning nonfiction filmmaker based in Toronto
whose films have screened at festivals internationally, including the
Viennale, True/False, Oberhausen, It’s All True, and Dok Leipzig.  Her
2016 feature documentary, The Prison in Twelve Landscapes was
awarded the Special Jury Prize at the Hot Docs Canadian International
Documentary Festival and was a nominee for Best Feature Documentary at
the Canadian Screen Awards. The film was broadcast on PBS’s Independent Lens in
April of 2017. Brett holds a PhD in geography from the University of
Toronto and is currently an assistant professor in the School of Image
Arts at Ryerson University. She is the author of the book, Prison Land: Mapping Carceral Power across Neoliberal America, and co-editor of the forthcoming volume, Infrastructures of Citizenship. Brett was a 2016 Sundance Institute Art of Nonfiction Fellow and a 2018 Guggenheim Fellow in film and video.