The Hottest August

Mon, 09/23/2019 - 7:00pm
DCTV, 87 Lafayette St, NYC

Doors 6:30pm | Screening 7pm | No admittance after 7:15pm

"Even face to face with a bleak future, The Hottest August is steeped in delight, the kind that reminds us that there's beauty in the world, and a future that's worth fighting for."
– Sam Adams, Slate

The Film

Directed by Brett Story / 2019 / 94 min

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.

World Premiere: True/False 2019 • In Competition: CPH:DOX 2019 • Official Selection: SXSW, Hot Docs, Sheffield, BAM Cinema Fest 2019...

Post-Screening Q&A

Brett Story (Director/Producer) 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 Hot Docs and was a nominee for Best Feature Documentary at the Canadian Screen Awards. The film was broadcast on PBS’s Independent Lens in 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.

Danielle Varga (Producer) is a nonfiction producer based in Brooklyn. She co-produced Kirsten Johnson's award-winning film Cameraperson which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2016 and was released by Janus Films and The Criterion Collection. She produced the short documentary Watched (Tribeca 2017), was consulting producer on This is Home (Sundance 2018) and Charm City (Tribeca 2018) and archival producer on Matt Wolf’s Teenage. Prior to her work in independent film, Danielle worked on a number of documentaries for television, including PBS's Frontline, American Experience and Makers series, as well Bill Moyers' Weekly Current Affairs program. Danielle was recently listed on DOC NYC’s inaugural 2018 list of “40 Under 40” filmmakers to watch, and was a 2016-2017 Sundance Creative Producing Fellow.


Eventbrite - DCTV Presents: Winter 2019


Please arrive 15 minutes early for guaranteed admittance. No-show tickets will be released at start time.
Doors 6:30pm | Screening 7pm | No admittance after 7:15pm


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This event is part of the Fall 2019 season of DCTV Presents, DCTV’s signature screening and event series that champions groundbreaking nonfiction film.

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