An urgent and powerful exploration of the rapid militarization of the police in the United States. Starting on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, as the community grapples with the death of Michael Brown, DO NOT RESIST – the directorial debut of Detropia cinematographer Craig Atkinson – offers a stunning look at the current state of policing in America and a glimpse into the future. The Tribeca Film Festival winner for Best Documentary puts viewers in the center of the action – from a ride-along with a South Carolina SWAT team and inside a police training seminar that teaches the importance of “righteous violence” to the floor of a congressional hearing on the proliferation of military equipment in small-town police departments – before exploring where controversial new technologies, including predictive policing algorithms, could lead the field next.
Directed by: Craig Atkinson
Produced by: Craig Atkinson, Laura Hartrick
Executive Producer: David Menschel
The team behind DO NOT RESIST seeks to use the film as a conversation starter for nonprofit organizations, law enforcement officials, colleges, and other organizations to have conversations about one of the most hot-button issues of our times: the militarization of U.S. police forces, and emerging technologies in the field. The film has screened theatrically in 40+ cities nationwide, and will also be available for community and educational screenings beginning in Fall 2016.
Picture Motion worked with the DO NOT RESIST team on local partnership development and eventizing select theatrical screenings in select markets, creation of a screening toolkit and discussion guide, confirming community screenings, and implementing the groundwork for a specialized screening tour geared toward police departments and academies across the country. This screening tour encourages police departments to use the film as a teaching tool and a conversation-starter to address ways that law enforcement officials can de-escalate situations and tools to cope with the stresses of their very important work.