Upcoming Screenings

Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice - NYC - Sept 18, 2019, 6:30 - 9pm (doors at 6:15pm) ***RSVP REQUIRED FOR ENTRY - Free!*** Q&A w/ filmmaker and subjects. Hosted by Municipal Arts Society.

University of Pennsylvania - Bloomsburg, PA - Oct 8, 2019




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 / WINNER - 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

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

*** New York City Theatrical Premiere - IFC CENTER ***   August 24 - September 6, 2018 - Q&A w/ director & film participants at select screenings

*** 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 ***

Field of Vision Franz Sigel Park Outdoor Screening – Bronx, NY  September 14, 2018 Q&A w/director and film participants

Norman Film Fest – Norman, OK  September 15, 2018

Newburyport Documentary Film Festival – Newburyport, MA  September 16, 2018 - WINNER – BEST FEATURE FILM

Doc Talk, The New School - New York, NY - September 17, 2018 Q&A w/ director

BedStuy Film Festival – Brooklyn, NY September 22, 2018 Q&A w/ director

New America Foundation/Bronx Documentary Center - Bronx, NY  September 22, 2018 Q&A w/director and film participants

Get Up! Stand Up! The Hancock Community Backyard – Brooklyn, NY September 22, 2018 Q&A w/ Edwin Raymond

*** Minneapolis-St.Paul - St. Anthony Main Theatre  September 21-27, 2018 ***

Justice League NYC Revolutionary Reelz – New York, NY  September 26, 2018  Q&A w/director and film participants

Santa Barbara International Film Festival Call to Action – Santa Barbara, CA  September 28 & October 1, 2018

The Broken Windows Museum - New York, NY 7pm, September 29, 2018 - Panel w/director & film participants

Doctober – Bellingham, WA September 30, 2018

Baltimore International Black Film Festival – Baltimore, MD October 6, 2018

***State & Bijou - Traverse City, MI October 7 through October 11, 2018 ***

DCTV - New York, NY  October 15, 2018 - Q&A w/ director

Heartland International Film Festival – Indianapolis, IN October 13, 16 & 19, 2018

Tallgrass Film Festival – Wichita, KS October 18 & 19, 2018

Logan Symposium, Goldsmith's College, London, UK  October 19, 2018 - Panel w/director & film participants

Films for Transparency, Copenhagen, Denmark  October 22, 2018 Panel w/director & film participant

Doctober – Bellingham, WA October 24, 2018

Vermont International Film Festival – Burlington, VT October 25, 2018

The Black Lady Theater, Crown Heights, NY DATE CHANGE - October 27, 2018 Q&A moderated by Malik Yoba w/director and film participants plus post-screening reception

Savannah Film Festival - Savannah, GA October 29, 2018 Q&A w/ director

Windsor International Film Festival – Windsor, Ontario, Canada November 1 & 3, 2018

St. Louis International Film Festival - St. Louis, MO 7:30pm, November 2, 2018 - Q&A w/director

Hunter College - New York, NY 6:30pm, November 7, 2018 Q&A w/director

Fairhope Film Festival – Fairhope, AL November 9, 2018

Cork Film Festival – Cork, Ireland November 10, 2018

Loft Film Festival – Tucson, AZ November 10, 2018 – WINNER - SOCIAL JUSTICE AWARD

TIDE Film Festival – Brooklyn, NY November 11, 2018 Q&A w/director & film participants

DOC NYC – New York, NY November 12 & 13, 2018 Q&A w/director & film participants

The Sanctuary for Independent Media – Troy, NY  November 14, 2018  Q&A w/director & film participants

Boston University Cinemathèque – Boston, MA November 16, 2018 Q&A w/director

Bridgeport Generation Now – Bridgeport, CT November 18, 2018 Q&A w/film participants

Space Gallery – Portland, ME November 27, 2018

TRANSPARENTE – Lisbon, Portugal December 5, 2018

WATCH DOCS – Warsaw, Poland December 7 & 10, 2018

African Diaspora International Film Festival – New York, NY December 8, 2018 Q&A/film participants

“Oscar Spotlight on Shortlist Feature Documentaries” - 13 City Tour | December 31 - January 21, 2019

AustinAlamo Drafthouse Mueller
BostonAMC Loews Boston Common 19
ChicagoMusic Box Theatre
Dallas/Fort WorthAlamo Drafthouse Lake Highlands
DenverAlamo Drafthouse Sloans Lake
Los Angeles AreaAMC Sunset 5 (West Hollywood) - January 4, 9:30pm 4 & January 10, 3pm | Laemmle Playhouse 7 (Pasadena) - January 10, 7pm | Laemmle Monica Film Center (Santa Monica) - January 10
New YorkIFC Center (Manhattan) - January 4th - 10th, 5:10pm (Q&A w/ director 1/4, 1/5 & 1/6) | Alamo Drafthouse (Downtown Brooklyn) - January 5th, 11am (Q&A w/ director)
Phoenix AreaHarkins Shea 14: January 5, 1:30pm & January 14, 4pm
RaleighAlamo Drafthouse Raleigh
San Francisco AreaChristopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center - January 6, 2pm
Santa BarbaraSanta Barbara International Film Festival Riviera Theatre - January 5, 7:30pm & January 10, 2:30pm
SeattleAMC Pacific Place 11
Washington, D.C.Warner Bros. Theater at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History 

Capri Theatre First Thursdays – Minneapolis, MN January 3, 2019

Justice Roundtable, Piercing the Police Wall of Silence - Washington, D.C. January 24, 2019 4pm - 8pm Networking reception, Dinner, Screening & Panel discussion. This free special event will feature members of the NYPD 12 and Prince George 13 and other experts in the field.

Golden Bridge School/The Little Roxie Theatre – San Francisco, CA January 29, 2019 Q&A w/ producer and editor Eric Daniel Metzgar

NYU Community Screening New York City, NY January 31, 2019 6pm - 9pm Screening and Panel Discussion w/ director Stephen Maing, Lt. Edwin Raymond, Pedro Hernandez, Angelo Pinto, Dr. Patrick Sharkey and Dr. Amanda Geller. This event is free.

Lightbox Film Center, International House Philadelphia, PA February 12, 2019 7pm Screening, Q&A w/director

Scribe Video Center Philadelphia, PA February 13, 2019 6pm Master Class w/director Stephen Maing

International House – New York City, NY February 20, 2019 Free screening with RSVP. Q&A w/director

Sedona International Film Festival – Sedona, AZ February 23 & March 3, 2019

University of Michigan Law School - Michigan, IL February 25, 2019 6pm discussion w/ Prof. Heather Ann Thompson

Thessaloniki Film Festival – Thessaloniki, Greece March 2, 2019

Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University – Evanston, IL March 7, 2019 Q&A w/director

The Gentlemen’s Factory – Brooklyn, NY March 10, 2019 Free screening. Q&A w/ film participants. Hosted by Michael K. Williams

Bermuda International Film Festival – Hamilton, Bermuda March 14, 2019

Patois Film Festival – New Orleans, LA March 23, 2019

Movies that Matter Festival – Amsterdam, The Netherlands March 23, 25 & 28, 2019

Emerson College – Boston, MA April 9, 2019 Q&A w/director

Arizona State University – Tempe, AZ April 14, 2019

Mill Valley Public Library – Mill Valley, CA May 6, 2019 Registration here

Worcester PopUp – Worcester, MA May 17, 2019
Headstart Local 95 – August 24th, 2019

N.O.B.L.E. - New Orleans, LA August 14, 2019




Amidst a landmark class action lawsuit over illegal policing quotas, Crime + Punishment chronicles the remarkable efforts 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 endeavors 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.”



Officer Adhyl Polanco

Officer Pedro Serrano

Officer Sandy Gonzales

Officer Ritchie Baez

Sergeant Edwin Raymond

Detective Derick Waller

Officer Felicia Whitely

Officer Julio Diaz

Officer Roman Goris

Officer Olayokun Olagoke 

Officer Kareem Abdullah

“A triumph of documentary filmmaking.”

— Tim Wu, NEW YORKER Contributor


Manuel Gomez


Jessica Perez

Pedro Hernandez

Luis Hernandez


Chief Anthony Miranda

Sergeant Cyress Smith

“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


Carmen Perez

Tamika Mallory

Jumaane Williams

Linda Sarsour

Angelo Pinto

Jules Hoffenburg


Emeka Nwokoro, Attorney

John Scola, Attorney




"A powerful and suspenseful film, part detective story and part courtroom drama, fueled by a potent mix of curiosity and indignation and full of memorable characters."  

***NY Times Critic's Pick***



"Crime + Punishment is a quiet documentary but a potent one. Though its approach is low key, its passion, drama and concern for exposing wrongdoing is unmistakable."



"The most important documentary in the country was just released. It's called Crime + Punishment." 

"A question I've heard for years is - 'When will the good cops finally speak out on the bad ones?’ Here you go. These men & women have risked their lives and their careers to expose what's in this film. It took tremendous courage. They are trying to change policing as we know it”



"Stephen Maing’s Crime + Punishment is a Blood-Boiling Look at Systemically Racist Policing."

- Julia Felsenthal, VOGUE


“Sensitive portraiture and vigorous investigative reporting, Crime + Punishment tracks the struggle of minority police officers within the NYPD to reshape the culture of law enforcement itself. Maing’s film also proves arresting in its compositions, its moody, city-spanning drone photography, its occasional playful looseness. But its power rises from the courage of its subjects, men and women who don’t necessarily want to be fighting the system — they’re eager to be out there in their city, policing the way they consider just."

- Alan Scherstuhl, THE VILLAGE VOICE


"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



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STEPHEN MAING | Director, Producer, Cinematographer, Editor

Stephen Maing is an Emmy-nominated Brooklyn-based filmmaker. His feature documentary, High Tech, Low Life chronicled the 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 a forthcoming documentary on national identity 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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