photo courtesy of  Milwaukee Magazine  / by Adam Ryan Morris

photo courtesy of Milwaukee Magazine / by Adam Ryan Morris



After Dontre Hamilton, a black, unarmed man diagnosed with schizophrenia, was shot 14 times and killed by police in Milwaukee, his family embarks on a quest for answers, justice, and reform as the investigation unfolds.

 Filmed over the course of three years in the direct aftermath of Dontre's death, this intimate verite documentary follows his family as they channel their grief into community organizing in an attempt to reset the narrative. Offering a painfully realistic glimpse inside a movement born out of tragedy in what the Hollywood Reporter calls "An urgent report from the front lines of an American crisis."



“”The fight for black lives gets personal in “The Blood is at the Doorstep.” ” - Shadow & Act

“a loud, boisterous call to action.” - Paste Magazine

“subversively tackles the prickly war of public perception” - San Diego City Beat

“finds hope within terrible circumstances, and strength within heartbreak” - The Hollywood Reporter **Critics Pick**

“a rich piece of cinema verite.” - Pop Matters


WINNER: 2018 Social Impact Media Awards (SIMA) - Best Editing of a Feature Documentary

WINNER: 2018 Salem Film Festival – Michael Sullivan FRONTLINE Award for Best Journalism in a Documentary

WINNER: Audience Award for Best Feature Film, 2017 Milwaukee Film Festival

WINNER: Ron Tibbett Award for Excellence in Filmmaking – Indie Memphis Film Festival - 2017

WINNER: Best Feature Documentary Award, 2018 Beloit Film Festival

WINNER: Golden Badger Award, 2018 Wisconsin Film Festival 

WINNER: Best Documentary Feature – Monmouth Film Festival 2017

WINNER: Best Documentary Storytelling – Destiny City Film Festival 2017

The Hollywood Reporter Critics Pick from SXSW 2017





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Erik Ljung - Director / Producer / DP

Erik Ljung is a freelance Producer and Director of Photography currently based in the midwest. He has produced content and short documentaries for the New York Times, VICE News, Al Jazeera, PBS and the Wall Street Journal. In 2016 he won a midwest Emmy for his work on public television's Wisconsin Foodie. His cinematography can be seen on CNN’s The 414’s, which premiered at Sundance, and Almost Sunrise slated to air on POV in 2017. He is a former Nohl Fellow, and a two-time Brico Forward Fund recipient for his documentary work.

Michael T. Vollmann - Editor

Michael T. Vollmann’s editing credits include HBO, ESPN 30 for 30, CBS. He most recently directed the documentary “The 414s” (CNN Films) which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Michael D.P.’d the feature doc “The Jeffrey Dahmer Files” (IFC) (2012 SXSW) which became a New York Times Critics’ Pick.



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