THE HOTTEST AUGUST
BRETT STORY | USA | 2019 | 95 MIN | NR
Director Brett Story will be in attendance for a post-screening discussion and Q&A.
Documentarian Brett Story (The Prison in Twelve Landscapes) cements her place as one of the most exciting voices in contemporary nonfiction filmmaking with this offbeat, surprising capsule of the hopes and fears of a city and its inhabitants at a precise moment in time (in this case, the sweltering August of 2017). In interviews with varied New Yorkers from all five boroughs, Story touches upon issues of environmental and social collapse by asking a common, unassuming question: what does the future look like from where you are standing? Strikingly shot, frequently funny, and ultimately haunting, The Hottest August builds to a richly detailed collective portrait of 21st-century anxiety.
“A cinematic gift both simple and multilayered, an intellectual challenge and an emotional adventure.” –The New York Times
Part of the Philadelphia Film Society’s NON/FICTION series.