17 Blocks Directed
Davy Rothbart USA / 2019 / 96 minutes
Times and Venues:
WOODSTOCK Bearsville Theater
RHINEBECK Upstate Films I
Q&A Attendees *subject to change: Davy Rothbart
In 1999, when Emmanuel Sanford was just nine years old, filmmaker Davy Rothbart gave him a camera and he began filming his perilous everyday life, growing up just seventeen blocks from the US capitol building. For the next two decades, 17 Blocks continues to capture the constant struggles of an African American family living in the most crime-ridden part of our nation’s capital. In a film that is both raw and personal, we become fully immersed in the world of the Sanfords. Taking a vérité fly-on-the-wall approach, this a rare opportunity to witness up close the anger and loss that comes when living with murders, drug addiction, the breakdown of family, grief, and ultimately how, with the passage of time, it becomes possible to hope once again.— Max Wexler
Davy Rothbart is an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, bestselling author and journalist, This American Life contributor, and the creator of Found Magazine. Rothbart's film MEDORA, Executive Produced by Steve Buscemi and Stanley Tucci, premiered at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival, later aired on the acclaimed PBS series Independent Lens, and won an Emmy Award. Rothbart previously directed two documentaries about the activist band Rise Against, which became best-selling DVDs. His short featuring Rise Against's song "Make It Stop" won an MTV Music Video Award. Rothbart's This American Life stories have reached more than 20 million listeners, and his books FOUND and My Heart Is An Idiot debuted on The New York Times Bestseller List. He has made multiple appearances on The Late Show With David Letterman and has been profiled in The New Yorker and The New York Times. An Ann Arbor, Michigan native, Rothbart now lives in Los Angeles.
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