Docs Donut Film Club #3 | June 17th

invites you to a timely discussion of the role of law enforcement in civil society thru the lens of the Threshold-funded film THE FORCE.

Wednesday June 17, 5:00pm PDT/ 8:00pm EDT

In 2015 Threshold’s Documentary Film Funding Circle funded THE FORCE.  We will discuss this film with Director Pete Nicks who will share the challenges faced in making this film.  Ian’s 2017 interview with Pete Nicks can be viewed here:  (password: Pete10min)

Pete Nicks is an Emmy award winning filmmaker/ director known for his courageous cinema verite style.  Nicks is currently completing his trilogy of films exploring the interconnected narratives of health care (THE WAITING ROOM), law enforcement (THE FORCE) and education (HOMEROOM), all filmed in his hometown of Oakland, CA, a city in transition. Pete Nicks won Best Director, US Documentary at Sundance in 2017. THE FORCE was shortlisted for an Oscar. 

Former Los Angeles Police Department Captain John Mutz will discuss his attempts to reform the LAPD to a service-based organization that prioritized community engagement, outreach, and transparency, and how it ultimately led to his resignation.  He works as a mediator, executive coach and educator, primarily with law enforcement and community leaders.  He ran for County Sheriff in 2018 in Northern California.  He is passionate about documentary film and writing a book about his experiences.

Donut Sofia Rower will present the case for abolition of police.  

We expect provocative, thoughtful, passionate and respectful discourse.  Panelists will share recommended action steps to address police violence.

THE FORCE Film Club will meet on Wednesday June 17 at 5pm PDT/ 8pm EDT for 90 minutes.  Please watch the film on your own (run time: 92 minutes) on Netflixor rent on Amazon Prime then join us for a lively discussion about this cinema verité film shot from the inside of the beleaguered Oakland Police Department. 

Indiewire says of THE FORCE:
“If you stopped watching “The Force” after an hour, you’d swear it was state propaganda that’s made all the more nefarious by its veneer of evenhandedness. Nicks — a mixed-race filmmaker who served a year in prison on a federal drug charge — almost certainly didn’t embark upon the project with the intention of absolving the OPD of its sins. However, “The Force” also doesn’t feel like it was made with the Trojan horse mentality of someone hoping to ambush Whent’s department from within.””There is no real hope of healing a law enforcement system that’s poisoned roots snake back to America’s original sin, and requires police to dehumanize the population they serve until they no longer recognize themselves in the eyes of those looking back at them. When your job is to look for the worst in people, even the good ones are able to find it (quotas make sure of that).”
“Add in powerful unions, qualified immunity, and all of the other extralegal aspects of the American police system…., and you’ve got a slow-moving genocide that’s been gathering momentum for hundreds of years; trying to fix it with a few personnel changes is like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.”
…”a climatic scene in which a group of black community organizers propose a civilian police commission that would be for, by, and accountable to the people (it was voted into law on the same day Donald Trump was elected President).”

Threshold Foundation is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Donut Film Club Call
Time: Jun 17, 2020 05:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 932 8362 9423
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