Amidst a landmark class action lawsuit over illegal policing quotas, Crime + Punishment chronicles the real lives and struggles of a group of black and Latino whistleblower cops and the young minorities they are pressured to arrest and summons in New York City.

A highly intimate and cinematic experience with unprecedented access, Crime + Punishment examines the United States' most powerful police department through the brave efforts of a group of active duty officers and one unforgettable private investigator who risk their careers and safety to bring light to harmful policing practices which have plagued the precincts and streets of New York City for decades.


“One of 2018’s essential documentaries. Maing’s talent is undeniable. It’s grasp of the daring and the bravery, of its subjects makes it a document that will endure for years to come.”
“A triumph of documentary filmmaking.”
— Tim Wu, NEW YORKER Contributor
“It’s a real achievement, this film. Gorgeously composed...Vital, necessary and groundbreaking. It’s a significant work of investigative journalism.”

— Eric Hynes, FILM COMMENT

Upcoming Screenings

*** New York City Theatrical Premiere - IFC CENTER ***   August 24 - August 30, 2018 - Q&A w/ director & film participants


IFP Media Center - Brooklyn, NY - August 15th, 2018  Q&A w/ director

Macon Film Festival – Macon, GA  August 19, 2018

Times Talks:  Screening and Talk – New York, NY  August 22, 2018 - Q&A w/ director & film participants

*** Los Angeles, CA - Royal Theater  Opens August 24, 2018 *** 

*** Washington, DC - Avalon Theatre  Opens August 24, 2018 ***

*** San Francisco, CA - Roxie Theater  Opens August 31, 2018 ***

*** Portland, OR - Northwest Film Center  September 7, 2018 ***

*** San Diego, CA - Digital Gym Auditorium  September 7, 2018 ***

Norman Film Fest – Norman, OK  September 15, 2018

New America Foundation - New York, NY  September 20, 2018

*** Minneapolis-St.Paul - St. Anthony Main Theatre  September 21, 2018 ***

Downtown Community Television Center, New York, NY  October 17, 2018

Logan Symposium, Goldsmith's College, London, UK  October 19, 2018

Films for Transparency, Copenhagen, DK  October 22, 2018





Past Screenings

Sundance Film Festival – Park City, UT  (World Premiere) January 19, 20, 21, 24, 26 & 27, 2018 – WINNER - SPECIAL JURY AWARD FOR SOCIAL IMPACT

True/ False Film Fest – Columbia, MO  March 2, 3, & 4, 2018

Martha's Vineyard Film Festival - Martha's Vineyard, MA  March 18, 2018

Houston Latino Film Festival – Houston, TX  March 22, 2018

Bates Film Festival – Lewiston, ME  March 23, 2018

DOC10 – Chicago, IL  April 6, 2018

Victoria, TX Indie Film Festival – Victoria, TX  April 6, 2018 – WINNER - BEST DOCUMENTARY

Full Frame Film Festival – Durham, NC  April 7, 2018

Phoenix Film Festival – Phoenix, AZ  April 8 & 10, 2018

ACT Human Rights Film Festival – Fort Collins, CO  April 8 & 11, 2018

Ashland Independent Film Festival – Ashland, OR  April 13, 14 & 16, 2018

Sarasota Film Festival – Sarasota, FL  April 15 & 20, 2018

Thin Line Fest – Denton, TX  April 21, 2018


Minneapolis St Paul Int’l Film Festival – Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN  April 27 & 28, 2018

Montclair Film Festival – Montclair, NJ  April 28 & 29, 2018 – WINNER - NEW JERSEY FILMS AWARD & SPECIAL JURY PRIZE FOR SOCIAL IMPACT

Hot Docs – Toronto, Canada  (International Premiere) May 3, 4 & 5, 2018

Northwest Fest Documentary & Media Arts Festival – Edmonton, Canada  May 12, 2018

Nashville Film Festival – Nashville, TN  May 15 & 16, 2018

Mammoth Lakes Film Festival – Mammoth Lakes, CA  May 27, 2018 – WINNER - AUDIENCE AWARD FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Berkshire International Film Festival – Berkshire, MA  June 2, 2018

Greenwich International Film Festival – Greenwich, CT  June 2, 2018 – WINNER - BEST SOCIAL IMPACT FILM

Seattle International Film Festival – Seattle, WA  June 2 & 3, 2018

Lighthouse International Film Festival – Long Beach, NJ  June 9, 2018

Southern Fried Film Festival – Huntsville, AL  June 9, 2018

AFI Docs – Washington, DC  June 14 & 17, 2018

Nantucket Film Festival – Nantucket, MA  June 20 & 22, 2018

BAMcinemaFest – Brooklyn, NY  (NYC Premiere) June 24, 2018

Shanghai International Film & TV Festival – Shanghai, China  June 24, 2018

BAMcinemaFest – Brooklyn, NY (Encore Screening) July 1, 2018

Asian American International Film Festival – New York, NY  July 26, 2018

Traverse City Film Festival – Traverse City, MI  August 2 & 3, 2018

BAM – Brooklyn, NY  August 7, 2018 - co-presented by Brooklyn Community Foundation w/ Q&A

Landmark Embarcadero - San Francisco, CA  August 8, 2018  Q&A w/ director 

Monmouth Film Festival – Red Bank, NJ  August 11, 2018  Q&A w/ director

Martha's Vineyard Film Festival - Martha's Vineyard, MA  (Encore Screening) August 13, 2018 Talk w/ Edwin Raymond & Henry Louis Gates

University of Southern California - Los Angeles, CA  August 13, 2018





"Crime + Punishment  is one of 2018’s essential documentary films. Maing’s talent is undeniable, but it’s Crime Punishment’s grasp of the daring, the bravery, of its subjects in conveying their complicated realities which ultimately makes the film both address and transcend this moment—which makes it a document that will endure for years to come."



"Maing's terrific documentary... with the help of his brave subjects and the damning evidence they collect, breaks down how racist outcomes are the result of tribalism, bureaucracy, and money.

- Matt Goldberg, COLLIDER


“So powerful. Truly an important film”

- Oakley Anderson Moore, NO FILM SCHOOL


"Maing doesn’t seek to offer any solutions; instead, he does something that we often fail to do in our embattled society, he gives these particular officers and the people that they police their humanity back."

- Aramide A. Tinubu, SHADOW AND ACT


"Stephen Maing has crafted a powerful commentary on the state of municipal law enforcement."



“That was fantastic. It should be required viewing for all New Yorkers! SO important, and really beautifully made as well.”



"CRIME + PUNISHMENT: A non-fiction PRINCE OF THE CITY - a sprawling, intricate examination of corruption and intimidation in the NYPD. Gripping and infuriating, but not just a protest; it raises real and important questions about how, exactly, to police our communities."

- Jason Bailey, FLAVORPILL


“Crime + Punishment” is a solid “Serpico”-style doc about exposing corruption in the NYPD. Lots to get angry about."



"What we’re making here feels very explosive”: An Interview with Stephen Maing, director of Crime + Punishment



Sundance Photoshoot





STEPHEN MAING | Director, Producer, Cinematographer, Editor

Stephen Maing is an Emmy-nominated Brooklyn-based filmmaker. His feature documentary, High Tech, Low Life told the fascinating story of two of China's first dissident citizen-journalists fighting state-monitored censorship and was broadcast nationally on PBS’ award-winning series P.O.V. He has directed films for the New York Times, Time Magazine, The Nation, The Intercept and Field of Vision. His short film, The Surrender, produced with Academy Award winner Laura Poitras, documented State Department intelligence analyst Stephen Kim's harsh prosecution under the Espionage Act. It received a 2016 World Press Photo Award for Best Long Form Documentary and was nominated for a 2016 Emmy Award for Outstanding Short Documentary. He is a fellow of the Sundance Institute's Documentary Film Program and recipient of the International Documentary Association's inaugural Enterprise Investigative Journalism grant as well as a 2016 John Jay/Harry Frank Guggenheim Reporting Fellow.  His most recent feature CRIME + PUNISHMENT, received a Special Jury Award at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, was filmed over four years and chronicles the stories of a group of minority cops known as the NYPD12, an innocent young man stuck in Rikers and one unforgettable private investigator. He is co-directing the forthcoming documentary, The Great Experiment and teaches a summer course in documentary cinematography at Massachusetts College of Art & Design.


ROSS TUTTLE | Producer

Ross Tuttle is a journalist and documentary producer who has been producing and writing stories about the criminal justice system more than 15 years. He began his career with WGBH Frontline working on documentaries about wrongful convictions—including the Emmy Award winning “An Ordinary Crime,” which resulted in the exoneration of a North Carolina teen. As a print reporter he received a Nation Institute Investigative Grant to write about the Guantanamo Military Tribunals. He produced and directed “Resident Aliens,” an independent documentary about Cambodian-American deportees. And for a number of years, he has covered police-community relations in New York City, co-directing a series of long and short documentaries with Stephen Maing. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, The Nation, Foreign Policy, Huffington Post, CNN.com, and The Baltimore Sun. Currently, he is series producer of a new daily Brooklyn news broadcast and podcast called 112BK, hosted by Ashley C. Ford.   


ERIC DANIEL METZGAR | Producer, Editor

Eric is a two-time Emmy Award nominated filmmaker and fellow of the Sundance Institute's Documentary Film Program. He directed, shot and edited Reporter (2009), about New York Times reporter Nicholas Kristof, which premiered at Sundance, aired on HBO, and was nominated for an Emmy Award for Best Long-form Programming, and the International Film Award by Cinema for Peace. He also directed, shot and edited Life.Support.Music. (2008) which was broadcast on POV, and The Chances of The World Changing (2006), which was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award and broadcast on POV. Metzgar also works occasionally as an editor, having collaborated on Crime + Punishment, Give Up Tomorrow, High Tech Low Life, Thank You for Playing, and Almost Sunrise.


LAURA POITRAS | Executive Producer

Laura is a filmmaker and journalist. Her film Citizenfour won an Oscar® for best documentary, as well as awards from BAFTA, Independent Spirit Award, and the Director’s Guild of America. The first film in her  9/11 trilogy, My Country, My Country, was nominated for an Oscar. The second film, The Oath, was nominated for two Emmys. Her reporting on NSA surveillance shared in the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for public service. She received a Peabody Award for her film Flag Wars. She recently exhibited her first solo museum show at the Whitney Museum of American Art. She is a co-creator of Field of Vision.




TALICE LEE | Associate Producer

DAVID FELIX SUTCLIFFE | Consulting Producer

TRINA RODRIGUEZ | Consulting Producer


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