Do Not Resist | Denver Film Society | Craig Atkinson | USA

Do Not Resist

Craig Atkinson

EnglishUSA201673 min


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One Night Only! Tuesday, December 13th at 7pm.
Skype Q&A with director after the screening!
Winner of The Maysles Brothers Award for Best Documentary Film at the 39th Denver Film Festival.

"A QUIETLY SEETHING LOOK AT PRESENT-DAY POLICING in America. An experience best had in a cinema." - John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter

Filmmaker Craig Atkinson’s father was a police officer for 29 years, several of them as a member of a SWAT team outside Detroit. So when Atkinson decided to focus his lens on the current state of policing in America, it was with a personal eye toward understanding how much has changed since his father retired in 2002. The result is this timely, compelling and insightful documentary, which examines the War on Terror’s effect on law enforcement. Atkinson takes us along on the ride from police-technology conventions and SWAT-training sessions to Senate hearings and the streets of Ferguson to reveal what the influx of billions from the Homeland Security budget has bought us. Viewers perplexed and concerned by what seem to be near-daily reports of deadly clashes between cops and civilians will walk away with a much clearer sense of the problem and its potential solutions.

"A SNAPSHOT OF AN INFURIATING DISCONNECT between power players and disenfranchised targets." Eric Kohn, Indiewire

-Shane Slater,

"A TOO RARE KIND of topical documentary: the one that makes it points through what it presents onscreen, without extra commentary." - Matt Prigge, Metro

Producer: Laura Hartrick | Editor: Craig Atkinson, Laura Hartrick | Cinematographer: Craig Atkinson