“Crime and Punishment” with Filmmaker Stephen Maing

Date(s) - 11/14/2018
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Join us  for a screening and discussion of  the riveting documentary Crime + Punishment, a film chronicling the struggles of a group of black and Latino whistleblower cops and the young minorities they are pressured to arrest and summons in New York City. Following the screening of the film, will be a discussion with the film’s director Stephen Maing.

Amidst a landmark class action lawsuit over illegal policing quotas, Crime + Punishment chronicles the real lives and struggles of a group of black and Latino whistleblower cops and the young minorities they are pressured to arrest and summons in New York City. A highly intimate and cinematic experience with unprecedented access, Crime + Punishment examines the United States’ most powerful police department through the brave efforts of a group of active duty officers and one unforgettable private investigator who risk their careers and safety to bring light to harmful policing practices which have plagued the precincts and streets of New York City for decades.

STEPHEN MAING | Director, Producer, Cinematographer, Editor

Stephen Maing is an Emmy-nominated Brooklyn-based filmmaker. His feature documentary, High Tech, Low Life told the fascinating story of two of China’s first dissident citizen-journalists fighting state-monitored censorship and was broadcast nationally on PBS’ award-winning series P.O.V. He has directed films for the New York Times, Time Magazine, The Nation, The Intercept and Field of Vision. His short film, The Surrender, produced with Academy Award winner Laura Poitras, documented State Department intelligence analyst Stephen Kim’s harsh prosecution under the Espionage Act. It received a 2016 World Press Photo Award for Best Long Form Documentary and was nominated for a 2016 Emmy Award for Outstanding Short Documentary. He is a fellow of the Sundance Institute’s Documentary Film Program and recipient of the International Documentary Association’s inaugural Enterprise Investigative Journalism grant as well as a 2016 John Jay/Harry Frank Guggenheim Reporting Fellow.  His most recent feature CRIME + PUNISHMENT, received a Special Jury Award at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, was filmed over four years and chronicles the stories of a group of minority cops known as the NYPD12, an innocent young man stuck in Rikers and one unforgettable private investigator. He is co-directing the forthcoming documentary, The Great Experiment and teaches a summer course in documentary cinematography at Massachusetts College of Art & Design.


“A powerful and suspenseful film, part detective story and part courtroom drama, fueled by a potent mix of curiosity and indignation and full of memorable characters.”  

***NY Times Critic’s Pick***


Crime + Punishment is a quiet documentary but a potent one. Though its approach is low key, its passion, drama and concern for exposing wrongdoing is unmistakable.”


“The most important documentary in the country was just released. It’s called Crime + Punishment.”


“A question I’ve heard for years is – ‘When will the good cops finally speak out on the bad ones?’ Here you go. These men & women have risked their lives and their careers to expose what’s in this film. It took tremendous courage. They are trying to change policing as we know it”


“Stephen Maing’s Crime + Punishment is a Blood-Boiling Look at Systemically Racist Policing.”

– Julia Felsenthal, VOGUE

“Sensitive portraiture and vigorous investigative reporting, Crime + Punishment tracks the struggle of minority police officers within the NYPD to reshape the culture of law enforcement itself. Maing’s film also proves arresting in its compositions, its moody, city-spanning drone photography, its occasional playful looseness. But its power rises from the courage of its subjects, men and women who don’t necessarily want to be fighting the system — they’re eager to be out there in their city, policing the way they consider just.”

– Alan Scherstuhl, THE VILLAGE VOICE


“One of 2018’s essential documentaries. Maing’s talent is undeniable. It’s grasp of the daring and the bravery, of its subjects makes it a document that will endure for years to come.” — Andy Crump, PASTE MAGAZINE


“A triumph of documentary filmmaking.”

— Tim Wu, NEW YORKER Contributor


“It’s a real achievement, this film. Gorgeously composed…Vital, necessary and groundbreaking. It’s a significant work of investigative journalism.”

— Eric Hynes, FILM COMMENT

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