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About THE FILM
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
The Hollywood Reporter Critics Pick from SXSW 2017
WINNER: Salem Film Festival – Michael Sullivan FRONTLINE Award for Best Journalism in a Documentary - 2018
WINNER: Audience Award for Best Feature Film, Milwaukee Film Festival - 2017
WINNER: Ron Tibbett Award for Excellence in Filmmaking – Indie Memphis Film Festival - 2017
WINNER: Milwaukee Press Club - Best Documentary - 2018
WINNER: Best Feature Documentary Award, Beloit Film Festival - 2018
WINNER: Golden Badger Award, Wisconsin Film Festival - 2018
WINNER: Best Documentary Feature – Monmouth Film Festival - 2017
WINNER: Best Documentary Storytelling – Destiny City Film Festival - 2017
WINNER: Social Impact Media Awards (SIMA) - Best Editing of a Feature Documentary - 2018
HONORABLE MENTION: Audience Award Best Feature Film - Black Harvest Film Festival - 2019
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.