The Hottest August
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The Hottest August

  • BY Brett Story | IN Climate Change
    Premieres April 20, 2020

About the Film

The Hottest August presents an up-close and personal look at New Yorkers’ growing concerns over a variety of societal changes, from rising rents to marching white nationalists, during one sweltering month in 2017. Raising the specter of our changing climate without ever mentioning it directly, the film is a different kind of climate change documentary — one that focuses on the very human experience of yearning for security in an increasingly uncertain world. MORE

Weaving together interviews with individuals all over New York filmed over the course of the month of August 2017 which was shaping up to be one of the hottest on record, award-winning filmmaker Brett Story holds up a mirror to a society contemplating its future survival.

The Filmmaker 

Brett Story 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 the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival and was a nominee for Best Feature Documentary at the Canadian Screen Awards. The film was broadcast on PBS’s Independent Lens in April of 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. 

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Film Credits

Directed and Produced by
BRETT STORY

Produced by
DANIELLE VARGA

Executive Producers
MAIDA LYNN
SALLY JO FIFER
LOIS VOSSEN

Supervising Producer
MICHAEL KINOMOTO

Edited By
NELS BANGERTER

Director of Cinematography
DEREK HOWARD

Sound Design
ERNST KAREL

Sound Recording
MICHAEL CORREA

Original Music
TROY HERION

Featuring (in order of appearance)
EMANUEL PYROS
L’RAE RHODEN
DON RIEPE
JANET DIPIAZZA
AL DIPIAZZA
VICTORIA BAAMONDE
AVALON GALIOTO
AYODAMOLA OKUMSEINDE
FRANK BIA
PEGGY BIA
CHRIS BEADLE
ALEX FOXWORTH
DANIEL MALATER
ALISON KELLEY
AMANDA ORTA
AMBER GRANT
TAMESHA MARTIN
RONALD SIMONS
JAMES FELIPE
BEVERLY FARRELL
RISHI GANTI
TOM DALY
SHIRLEY GABEL
LEOKADIA ROKOSZAK
VICKIE JOHNSON
LINDA EDEN
JASON T. THOMAS
RACHEL LEVY
MONA SCHOR
MIKE GERMINO
JOHN MILLER
ROY RIVERA
LISA ORTEGA

Narrated by
CLARE COULTER

Excerpts From:
Elegy for a Country’s Seasons by Zadie Smith
Capital by Karl Marx
Total Eclipse by Annie Dillard

Additional Writing
BRETT STORY

Additional Cinematography
MARTIN DICICCO

Additional Sound Recording
MAX COOKE
MIKE FOWLER
EMMANUEL GERMOND
MARK ROY
TAYLOR ROY

Assistant Editor
JEN ATALLA

Additional Editing
TERRA JEAN LONG

Cutdown Editor
HEDIA MARON

Editorial Consultant
IVA RADIVOJEVIC

Associate Producer
EMILY PONTECORVO

Production Assistants
VARUN BAJAJ
LYDIA CORNETT
STEVE GIESEKE
GRACE KIM
LAUREL MEI-SINGH
GABRIELLA MURILLO
EVAN NEFF

Researcher
PETER GOLDBERG

Location Consultant
GIOVANNI FERRARI

Production Equipment Rentals
PRODUCTION JUNCTION

Post-Production Services
REDLAB

Post-Production Mixing Studio
SIM INTERNATIONAL - TORONTO

Graphics & Title Design
DAVE TECSON

Interns
MADALINA ALBU
ALMA PRES
TALLULAH SCHWARTZ

Post-Production Consultant
TODD CHANDLER

Original Score Musicians
THOMAS GILES (Saxophones)
CHARLIE CULBERT (Percussion)
TROY HERION (Keyboards)

Music Supervision & Clearances
GROOVE GARDEN

Music Consultants
CATHY CARAPELLA
ASA HORVITZ

Production Counsel
GRAY KRAUSS SANDLER DES ROCHERS LLP

Clearance Counsel
DONALDSON + CALLIF, LLP

Production Accountant
AMEENA DIN

Insurance
FRONT ROW INSURANCE BROKERS, LLC

Archival Materials Provided by
CNN
JON ZIEGLER
SKY NEWS / GETTY IMAGES
WABC-TV 7

Music
“EX’S AND OH’S”
Performed by Elle King
Written by Dave Bassett and Tanner Schneider
Published by EMI April Music Inc., EMI Blackwood Music Inc., Bassett Songs, and Elle King Music Inc.
Courtesy of RCA Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Entertainment

“THE CLAMJAMMER”
By Glenn Crytzer & His Syncopators
Courtesy of Audiosocket

“OLD IS NEW”
By Texas Gypsies
Courtesy of Audiosocket

“D.P.O”
Performed by SYZYGYS
Composed by Hitomi Shimizu & Hiromi Nishida
Courtesy of CAFE disc

“OCIGAM TRAZOM”
Written and Performed by Christina Kubisch
Courtesy of the Artist

“MONSTER WINER”
Performed by Kerwin Du Bois (feat. Lil Rick)
Written by Dwain O’Brien Antrobu, Kerwin Du Bois, Ricky Reid, Adam Elias
Produced by Adam Elias Courtesy of VP Music Group, Inc.
Published by STB Music Inc (PRS)

Special Thanks
CECILIA ALDARONDO
KHALIK ALLAH
MARTINE AUGUST
SHANE BORIS
GIOVANNI BUCCOMINO
JORDAN T. CAMP
SAMARA CHADWICK
DANIEL CHALFEN
JEM COHEN
DANIELLA EVERSBY
JASON FOX
INA FICHMAN
GARY FORRESTER
KATHERINE GORRINGE
KITTY GREEN
MAYA HAWKE
CHRISTINA HEATHERTON
SABINE HOFFMAN
ERIC HYNES
REBECCA ISRAEL
KIRSTEN JOHNSON
ARUN KUNDNANI
JIM LEBRECHT
NIKITA LIAMZINE
LANA LIN
STEPHEN MAING
JEFF MALMBERG
EDDIE MARTINEZ
BLAIR McCLENDON
MANU MEI-SINGH
ROBB MOSS
NICOLE NEWNHAM
JENNI OLSON
JONATHAN OPPENHEIM
JOSIE OPPENHEIM
DAVID OSIT
REEM RAMADAN
LISA RINZLER
RAMELL ROSS
JAMES SCOTT
TOBY SHIMIN
ELIZABETH STOPFORD
YAARA SUMERUK
MILTON TABBOT
ALEX TYSON
MILA TURAJLIC
JAMES N. KIENITZ WILKINS

Fiscal Sponsor
WOMEN MAKE MOVIES

Funding Provided By
CINEREACH
SUNDANCE INSTITUTE DOCUMENTARY FILM PROGRAM
FIRST LOOK MEDIA

Original Series Funding Provided by
THE CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING
JOHN D. AND CATHERINE T. MACARTHUR FOUNDATION
WYNCOTE FOUNDATION
THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS

The Hottest August is a co-production of THE HOTTEST AUGUST, LLC and INDEPENDENT TELEVISION SERVICE (ITVS) with funding provided by the CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING (CPB).

This program was produced by The Hottest August, LLC which is solely responsible for its content.

© 2019 The Hottest August, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

What do YOU think our future looks like? Which one of the many characters featured in this film do you relate to the most? How do you find security and comfort in an increasingly uncertain world?
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What do YOU think our future looks like? Which one of the many characters featured in this film do you relate to the most? How do you find security and comfort in an increasingly uncertain world?