Directed by Peter Nicks
"Sprawling, immediate, and complex, Peter Nicks’s vérité documentary moves like a pulsing, timely thriller. In 2014, after over a decade of federal monitoring for misconduct and civil rights abuses, the Oakland Police Department hires Chief Sean Whent … in hopes of bridging an historically tense divide between its officers and the community they serve. The Force captures everything; it hovers over Oakland’s evening skies and rides inside speeding police vehicles, granting viewers breathless firsthand access to some of law enforcement’s most dangerous jobs. With fly-on-the-wall intimacy, we see a department trapped in transition, desperate to shed its corrupt image but also challenged by an increasingly organized and urgent Black Lives Matter movement erupting right outside its doorstep." – Harry Vaughn, Sundance Film Festival
"Hypnotic and eye-opening. The Force has the texture of a Michael Mann film combined with the clarity of a Frederick Wiseman documentary. I could have watched it for hours more."
“An urgent chronicle that captures the deep ruptures in our communities. Riveting and resonant.”
“Gripping. Inspiring. Brutally honest.”
“Takes us behind the blue wall, offering a poignant, realistic sense of the difficulties and challenges of modern policing.”
“A penetrating, you-are-there look at the men and women in blue that patrol the Bay Area.”
"The Force is a gripping, broad-spectrum nonfiction drama that stuns with its sublime mastery of intelligent storytelling.”
“Engrossing. Absorbing. Crystal-clear. The Force examines one of the most talked about issues in America from an ideal vantage point."
Directing Award, U.S. Documentary – Sundance Film Festival 2017
Best Bay Area Documentary– San Francisco International Film Festival
Courage in Cinema Prize – Independent Film Festival Boston
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|Fresno Filmworks||Fresno||CA||1510376400November 11, 2017|
|Wexner Center for the Arts||Columbus||OH||1508472000October 20, 2017|
|Vermont International Film Festival||S. Burlington||VT||1508472000October 20 - October 29, 2017|
|New Parkway Theater||Oakland||CA||1507867200October 13 - October 19, 2017|
|Parkway Theatre||Baltimore||MD||1507867200October 13 - October 19, 2017|
|Belcourt Theatre||Nashville||TN||1507867200October 13 - October 17, 2017|
|Indie Memphis||Memphis||TN||1507694400October 11, 2017|
|Osio Cinema||Monterey||CA||1507262400October 6 - October 17, 2017|
|Speed Art Museum||Louisville||KY||1507262400October 6 - October 8, 2017|
|Landmark Ritz at the Bourse||Philadelphia||PA||1507262400October 6 - October 12, 2017|
|Grand Illusion Cinema||Seattle||WA||1507262400October 6 - October 12, 2017|
|Cinema505||Montclair||NJ||1507089600October 4 - October 8, 2017|
|Milwaukee Film Festival||Milwaukee||WI||1506830400October 1, 3, 7, 2017|
|Roxie Theater||San Francisco||CA||1506657600September 29 - October 5, 2017|
|Landmark Nuart Theatre||Los Angeles||CA||1506052800September 22 - September 28, 2017|
|Landmark Sunshine Cinema||New York||NY||1506052800September 22 - October 5, 2017|
|Landmark California Theatre||Berkeley||CA||1505448000September 15 - September 28, 2017|
|Grand Lake Theater||Oakland||CA||1505448000September 15 - September 28, 2017|
|Landmark Embarcadero Center Cinema||San Francisco||CA||1505448000September 15 - September 28, 2017|
|Smith Rafael Film Center||San Rafael||CA||1505448000September 15 - September 23, 2017|
|Maine International Film Festival||Waterville||ME||1500004800July 14 - July 23, 2017|
|Big Sky Documentary Film Festival||Missoula||MT||1498190400June 23, 2017|
|AFI Fest||Washington||D.C.||1497412800June 14 - June 18, 2017|
|BAMCinemafest||Brooklyn||NY||1497412800June 14 - June 25, 2017|
|Mendocino Film Festival||Mendocino||CA||1496289600June 1 - June 4, 2017|
|Seattle International Film Festival||Seattle||WA||1495252800May 20 - May 21, 2017|
|Chicago Critics Film Festival||Chicago||IL||1494561600May 12 - May 18, 2017|
|Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival||Toronto||CA||1493352000April 28 - May 7, 2017|
|Independent Film Festival of Boston||Cambridge||MA||1493179200April 26 - May 3, 2017|
|Louisiana International Film Festival||Baton Rouge||LA||1492747200April 21 - April 23, 2017|
|San Francisco Film Society||San Francisco||CA||1491883200April 11 - April 15, 2017|
|Sarasota Film Festival||Sarasota||FL||1490932800March 31 - April 9, 2017|
|Freep Film Festival||Detroit||MI||1490846400March 30 - April 2, 2017|
|Sundance Film Festival||Park City||UT||1484802000January 19 - January 29, 2017|
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