Philly D.A.
Apr 20, 9 PM
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Philly D.A.

About the Film

In 2017, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania had one of the highest incarceration rates of any major city in the United States. And it’s become the epicenter of a historic experiment that could shape the future of prosecution in America for decades to come. When civil rights attorney Larry Krasner mounted a long-shot campaign to become District Attorney, he ran on a bold pledge: to end mass incarceration by changing the culture of the criminal justice system from within. He shocked the establishment by winning in a landslide.

Now, the bureaucrats he spent his campaign denigrating are his co-workers; the police he alienated are his rank-and-file law enforcers. Pressure comes from all sides of a system resistant to reform. Krasner’s unapologetic promise to use the power of the D.A.’s office for sweeping change is what got him elected; now that he’s in office, that same stubbornness threatens to alienate those he needs to work with the most.

From the eye of this political storm, filmmakers Ted Passon, Yoni Brook, and Nicole Salazar gained unprecedented access into Krasner’s office and behind the scenes of the criminal justice system. Over the course of eight episodes, Philly D.A. explores the most pressing social issues of our time—police brutality, the opioid crisis, gun violence, and mass incarceration—through the lens of an idealistic team attempting fundamental overhaul from within the system. MORE

The Filmmakers

Ted Passon is an award-winning director and video artist. He has directed episodic series for Netflix and Disney. He is a 2016 Sundance Lab Fellow, a recipient of the Pew Foundation Individual Artist Fellowship Grant, and a 2016 Headlands Artist in Residency. He has exhibited his award-winning short films in festivals and galleries around the US and abroad including exhibitions by the Whitney Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and 96 Gillespie in London.

Yoni Brook is a twice Independent Spirit-nominated cinematographer and producer. As a director, his films have screened at the Berlinale, New York and Toronto Film Festivals, True/False, and IDFA. His previous Sundance credits include Menashe (A24, dir. Joshua Z Weinstein) and Valley of Saints (World Dramatic Audience Award, dir. Musa Syeed). For PBS’s POV series, Brook co-directed Bronx Princess (with Musa Syeed). Brook co-directed The Calling, a four hour series about young religious leaders for Independent Lens. His directorial debut, A Son’s Sacrifice won Best Documentary Short at the Tribeca Film Festival, IDA’s Best Documentary Short, and broadcast on Independent Lens. LESS

Film Credits

Created by

Ted Passon

Yoni Brook

Nicole Salazar

Produced by

Nicole Salazar

Josh Penn

Michael Gottwald

Executive Producer

Dawn Porter

Executive Producers 

Sally Jo Fifer

Lois Vossen

Executives Producers 

Ryan Chanatry

Gena Konstantinakos

Jeff Seelbach

Directed and Produced by

Ted Passon

Yoni Brook

Series Editors

Dita Gruze

Adriana Pacheco

Rubin Daniels Jr.

Jim Hession

Hemal Trivedi

Music Composed and Arranged by

Dan Deacon


James Doolittle

Director of Photography

Yoni Brook

Executive Producer

Patty Quillin

Co-Executive Producers

Nion McEvoy and Leslie Berriman

Supervising Producer

Amy Shatsky

Associate Producer

Jackie Payton

Shannon Sun-Higginson

Consulting Producers

Royd Chung

David Dunn

Elizabeth Lodge Stepp

Associate Editor

John Tarquinio

Assistant Editor

Julian Turner

Impact Producer

Javi Rivera DeBruin

Impact Consultant

Su Patel

Production Manager

Jen McCann

Field Producers

Ben Kalina

Laris Kreslins

Frauke Levin

Archival Producer

Jonathan Kohl


J. Wierski

Additional Archive Research

Mark Horwitz

John Petit

Troy Wilmore

Additional Photography

Ted Passon

Nicole Salazar

Marie Hinson

Wren Rene

Shawn Kornhauser

Rashid Zakat

Ian Mouyabed

Jeremy McDaniels

Shahin Izadi

Cheryl Hess

Movi / Steadicam Operation

Derek Howard

Michael Thackarey

Sound Recordists

Ted Passon

Nicole Salazar

Additional Sound

Heather Bronge

Alex Yaker

John Paul Golaski

Sean Hamilton

David Dunn

BJ Schmidt

Alex Shamku

Chris Ward

James Willis

Alan Brenner

Marcus Clarke

Richard Fleming

GFX / Compositing

Amy DiLorenzo

Harvey Benschoter

Josh Jones


Natacha Ikoli

DI Producer

Pierce Varous

DI Facility

Nice Dissolve

Additional Assistant Editors

Shawn Kornhauser

Andrew Heppard

Chad Fahs

Benjamin Abbaszadeh

Christina Faith

Shane Barbera

Erica Cho

Amanda Romero

Sosena Solomon

IT Director

Chad Fahs

Music Supervisor

Abby Rubin

Sound Design + Mix

Arjun Seth

Additional Sound Support

Patrick Burgess

Timothy Day


Braunstein & Company




Bruns, Brennan & Berry PC

Eugene Pikulin, Esq.

Loeb & Loeb, LLC

"Sarah Matthews, Reporters Committee

for Freedom of the Press"

Peter Jasczi

Innes Smolansky

Fact Checker

Anne Davis


Lauren Miralles-Snow

Eloise Parisi

Valerie Jean-Baptiste

Valerie Wang

Production Facilities and Equipment Provided by

All Ages Productions

JZB Projects

Expressway Cine

Videosmith Inc

People's Television Inc.

EOS C300 Mark II camera and lenses furnished by

Canon USA Inc

Budgeting Consultation

Peter Bobrow

Locations Provided by


Archival Footage & Stills Provided By

11 Media


Associated Press


Conus Archive






Samaria Bailey

Streamline Stock Footage

WAZEE Digital





Performed by Sheer Mag and Larry Krasner

Written by Mick Jones, Joe Strummer, Paul Gustave Simonon, Topper Headon

Courtesy of Universal Music Publishing


"TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia)"

Performed by MFSB feat. The Three Degrees

Written by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff

Courtesy of Epic Records

By arrangement with Sony Music Entertainment and Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI)


Allison Clendaniel (vocals)

Dan Deacon (synthesizers)

Ledah Finck (violin)

David Jacober (percussion)

Peter Kibbe (cello)

James Young (bassoon)


Tempo House

Shanch Studio

For the Department of Motions Pictures

Emily Jampel

Cypriene Oliver

Claire Haley

Title Design

Carrie Collins


Erin O'Flaherty

Pamela A. Aguilar


Chief Financial & Administrative Officer

John Cheng

Senior Vice President of Content

Jim Sommers

Vice President of Content

Noland Walker

Series Associate Producer

Bianca Beyrouti

Series Online Editor

Heather Weaver

Senior Vice President

Pamm Higgins

Vice President of Marketing & Communications

Lisa Tawil

Creative Services

Andrea Bloom

Joanna Goldfrab

Jessica Johnson

Jo Ko

Mary Miguel

Carol Paik

Michael Silva

Jeremy Troy

Lindsay Tully

Marketing & Publicity

Jamedra Brown Fleischman

Tanya Leverault

Aldo Mora-Blanco

Craig Phillips

Amalia Renteria

Daniel Ross

Grace Schrater

Judy Tsang

Aron Wasowicz

Distribution and Station Relations

Jordana Meade

Katie Koskenmaki

Engagement and Impact

Grace Anglin

Michael Bare

Beatriz Castillo

Kristy Chin

Rachel Lawrence

Carly Nelson Marcoe

Myah Overstreet

Sherry Simpson

Zoe Stahl

Fred Wong

Business & Legal Affairs

Isaac Hager

Heather World

Additional Marketing Support



Supervising Producer

Randi M. Cohen

Post Production

Man Bartlett

Business & Legal Affairs

Julie Wolf

Kay Murray

Katie Bigley


Jen O'Connell-Robertson

Monica Bloom


Dwayne Lutchna

Jaime Justen

Greg Boone

Xiaoye Jiang


Nathaniel Baruch


Erin Dunlap

Special Thanks

Carrie Collins

Lev and Moses Brook

Brynn Bowman

Ryan Hancock

Naomi Lewin

Virginia Passon

Theodore J. Passon, PhD.

Marco Williams

Qawi Abdul-Rahman

Ra'anan Alexandrowicz

Sarah Allen

Juan Andrews

The Angelucci Family

Caleb Arnold

Allison Baratz

Ryan Barksdale

Megan Barry

Jose Benitez

Moshe Berman

Annika Blomquist

Courtney Bowles

Dr. Bradley Brown

Nicholas Bruckman

Jeremy Butman

Lisa Campbell

Nellie Campbell

Michael Carrington

Michael Carter

Stephen Clark

Bill Cobb

Michael Cram

Sophie Cull

Tim Cwiek

Richard L. Bazelon

Jeff Davita

Andre Del Valle

Raymond Driscoll

Mike Dunn

Steve Fairlie

Mark Fazlollah

Miranda Featherstone

Raquel Fetzer

Angel Flores

James Forman

Rich Garella

Adam Geer

Anthony Gibilisco

Anthony Gil

Tyrique Glasglow

Ronda Goldfein

Paul Goldman

Joseph Green

Sam Green

Jason Grenell

Eric Gripp

Beth Halpern

Leola Hardy

Jondhi J. Harrell

Art Haywood

Madeline Hoch

Gregory Holstein

Mark Houldin

Joseph Jacobs

Denise James

Steve James

Kristin Johanson

Drew E. Johnson

Raven Johnson

Taylor Johnson

Tracey Kavenaugh

James Kenney

Sekou Kinebrew

Tom Kolenkiewicz

Danielle Kramer

Nathan Krasner

Miriam Krinsky

Tiana Lamboy

Winston Lee

John Legend

Caroline Libresco

Rose Lichter-Marck

Chelsea Lightsey

Jeff Lindy

Quetcy Lozada

Ashley Martin

Thera Martin

Samantha Melamed

Lauren Melton

David Menschel

Isis Misdary

Lucas Murphy

Darly Murray

Mandy Nace

Ethan Nadelman

Malik Neal

Ryden Nelson

Kim Ogg

Leigh Owens

John Pace

Helen Park

Mia Perez

Rosario Perez

Sandra Perez

Roz Pichardo

Austin Purnell

Gordon Quinn

Caleb Rau

Jasmine Reilly

Anthony Reynoso

Rebecca Richman-Cohen

Jeanie Riess

Ashraf Rijal

Gabriel Roberts

Carol Robinson-Norwood

Gabriel Rocha

Lola Rocha

Tomi Rocha

Hannah Jane Sassman

Vinny Schiraldi

Adam Serlin

Dustin Slaughter

Issac Solotaroff

Kempis Songster

G. Lamar Stewart

Ty Stiklorious

Mark Strandquist

Blythe Taplin

Nyssa Taylor

Vincent Thompson

Agnes Torres

Lauren Townsend

Jessica Trinidad

Rosario Trinidad

Leon Tucker

Mark Tuttleman

Sweta Vohra

Christopher Werner

Julie Wertheimer

Caroline Xia

Fiscal Sponsor

Auburn Theological Seminary

Mentorship and Fundraising Assistance Furnished by

Sundance Institute Catalyst

Funding Provided by

Ford Foundation I JustFilms

Another Chapter Productions

International Documentary Association (IDA) - Enterprise Documentary Fund

Independence Public Media of Philadelphia, Inc.

Robina Riccitiello

Wyncote Foundation

Bertha Doc Society Journalism Fund

Threshold Foundation - High Impact Documentary Fund

San Francisco Film Society - Catapult Documentary Fund

Nancy Blachman

David Chan

Original Series Funding for Independent Lens Provided by

Corporation for Public Broadcasting

Action Family Giving

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Wyncote Foundation

National Endowment for the Arts


Philly D.A. is a co-production of All Ages Productions, Department of Motion Pictures, and ITVS, with funding provided by the CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING (CPB), in association with PBS, Topic and JZB Projects.

Philly D.A was produced by BROKEN ESCALATOR LLC, which is solely responsible for its content.

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