About THE FILM
Nate Hamilton and his brother Dontre grew up like twins. Even as adults, Nate felt responsible to look after his “baby” brother. As a roofer by day, Nate juggled community college and fatherhood in the evening. According to Nate, he had led “a pretty simple life.”That all changed in 2014, when Dontre was shot 14 times and killed by a Milwaukee Police Officer. Dontre’s death complicates current narratives of police profiling and use of force because not only was he an unarmed black man, but he was also living with paranoid schizophrenia.
Filmed over the course of three years in the direct aftermath of Dontre’s death, this intimate verite documentary follows Nate and his family as they struggle to find answers and challenge a criminal justice system stacked against them. Offering a painfully realistic glimpse inside a movement born out of tragedy, this explosive documentary takes a behind the scenes look at one of America’s most pressing social issues.
In their quest for justice, the Hamilton family and a grieving community must publicly square off against a police union that vows to stand as one, and an embattled chief of police that finds himself defiantly stuck between activists and a union that has lost confidence in his leadership.
Despite a multitude of setbacks, the Hamilton family inspires substantive reforms on a local level. But when another controversial police shooting in Milwaukee sets off several nights of violent unrest, the Hamilton family must decide what to do next.
News & Updates
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.
Daniel T. Peters - AP / Cinematographer
Dan Peters is a Milwaukee based filmmaker. His work has been featured by The New York Times, PBS and The Intercept. Dan became an adventure addict while serving six years as a bomb disposal technician in the US Air Force which led round-the-world travels by motorbike, foot and horse. During these travels Dan picked up a camera and passion for storytelling
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