MAS Presents: Crime + Punishment
Examining the Role of Policing Today
About Stephen Maing (Director, Crime + Punishment)
Stephen Maing is an Emmy-nominated Brooklyn-based filmmaker. In 2019, he was awarded the Brendan Gill Prize by MAS for his most recent feature – a remarkably powerful documentary titled Crime + Punishment. Other projects of his include feature documentary, High Tech, Low Life, which 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. He is co-directing a forthcoming documentary on national identity and teaches a summer course in documentary cinematography at Massachusetts College of Art & Design.
About the Brendan Gill Prize
The Brendan Gill Prize was established in 1987 in honor of Brendan Gill by friend and fellow MAS board member Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis along with board members Helen Tucker and Margot Wellington. The Prize is given annually for a work of art created in the previous year—a book, essay, musical composition, play, painting, sculpture, architectural design, film or choreographic piece—that best captures the spirit and energy of New York City.
About Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice and the JustFilms Program
The Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice is a hub for social good and the courageous people who devote their lives to achieving it. The landmark building features 81,000 square feet of convening space for the social sector, and a lush atrium garden and social justice art gallery open to the public.
The Ford Foundation seeks to reduce inequality in all of its forms, and artist-driven documentary and emerging media projects are crucial to this effort. As part of the Creativity and Free Expression program, JustFilms funds social justice storytelling and the 21st-century arts infrastructure that supports it. The projects and people Ford Foundation supports inspire imaginations, disrupt stereotypes, and help transform the conditions that perpetuate injustice and inequality.
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