The Hottest August

The Hottest August

A complex portrait of a city and its inhabitants, The Hottest August gives us a window into the collective consciousness of the present. The film’s point of departure is one city over one month: New York City and its outer boroughs during August 2017. It’s a month heavy with the tension of a new President, growing anxiety over everything from rising rents to marching white nationalists, and unrelenting news of either wildfires or hurricanes on every coast. The film pivots on the question of futurity: what does the future look like from where we are standing? And what if we are not all standing in the same place? The Hottest August offers a mirror onto a society on the verge of catastrophe.

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Brett Story




Director: Brett Story
Executive Producer: Maida Lynn, Sally Jo Fifer, Lois Vossen
Producer: Danielle Varga, Brett Story
Cinematographer: Derek Howard
Editor: Nels Bangerter
Sound Designer: Ernst Karel
Music: Troy Herion


Danielle Varga
Public Film Contact
Danielle Varga
Walking Productions
Publicity Contact
Emilie Spiegel
Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband

Year: 2019
Premiere Status: North American Premiere
Genre: Documentary
Screening Section: Festival Favorites
Screening Category: Documentary Feature
Country: ["United States"]
Language: English
Runtime: 94:27 mins