The Hottest August

  • United States
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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.

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  • Original Title
    The Hottest August
  • Direction
  • Cinematography
    Derek Howard
  • Editing
    Nels Bangerter
  • Music
    Troy Herion
  • Sound
    Ernst Karel
  • Runtime
    96 min (91+ min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • United States
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Festivals
    • True/False Film Festival
    • SXSW Film Festival
    • CPH:DOX
    • Sarasota Film Festival
    • Hot Docs International Film Festival
    • Doxa Documentary Film Festival
    • Maryland Film Festival
    • Montclair Film Festival
    • Sheffield Doc/Fest
    • BAMCinemaFest
    • Gimli Film Festival
    • DokuFest
    • Rooftop Film Festival
    • Open City Documentary Festival
    • Camden International Film Festival
    • Nashville Film Festival
    • Tacoma Film Festival
    • Hamptons International Film Festival
    • New Orleans Film Festival
    • Antenna Documentary Film Festival
    • Milwaukee Film Festival
    • DocLisboa
    • Environmental Film Festival Australia
    • American Film Festival in Wroclaw, Poland
    • RIDM
    • Unknown Pleasures
    • ReFrame Film Festival
    • Available Light Film Festival
    • Oneota Film Festival
    • Dublin International Film Festival
  • Awards
    • Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival - Awarded “Best Canadian Feature is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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