Film

The Hottest August

Saturday, May 11
2:15pm

Location: Clairidge Cinema 4

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Sunday, May 12
5:30pm

Location: Clairidge Cinema 5

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$15 Regular

$13 For Members (not a member?)

NYC, August 2017, the summer after the presidential inauguration. A city oppressed by the unrelenting heat and the tensions that have been simmering ever since the election. A city that is trying to grapple with a growing anxiety over economic insecurity, rising rents, marching white nationalists and ever-present news of natural catastrophes across the country. THE HOTTEST AUGUST, Brett Story’s (THE PRISON IN TWELVE LANDSCAPES) latest documentary, is a complex and nuanced portrait of a city and its inhabitants. Sampling works from Zadie Smith, Karl Marx, and Annie Dillard, it offers a hypnotic glimpse into a society on the verge of catastrophe, registering the anxieties, distractions, and survival strategies that preoccupy ordinary lives.

Q&A with producer Danielle Varga to follow Saturday’s screening.