‘Peace Officer’ Wraps Up SummerDocs Season on August 28


On Friday, August 28, HIFF’s SummerDocs series, presented by TNT’s Public Morals, wraps up another stellar season with Peace Officer, the award-winning and timely chronicle of one man’s personal stand against the increased militarization of U.S. law enforcement. Following the screening, series host Alec Baldwin will moderate a conversation with the filmmakers, Brad Barber and Scott Christopherson.

Watch the trailer:

Peace Officer

Friday, August 28, 7:30 pm
Directed by Brad Barber and Scott Christopherson

Peace Officer, an incredibly timely film given our country’s recent controversy surrounding debates about police force, is about the increasingly militarized state of American police. The film is told through the story of William “Dub” Lawrence, a former sheriff who established and trained his rural state’s first SWAT team, only to see that same unit kill his son-in-law in a controversial standoff 30 years later.

Driven by an obsessed sense of mission, Dub uses his own investigative skills to uncover the truth in this and other recent officer involved shootings in his community, while tackling larger questions about the changing face of peace officers nationwide. Peace Officer debuted at SXSW, where it won the Grand Jury Prize and Documentary Audience Award. Submarine Deluxe and Gravitas Ventures will release Peace Officer in select theaters (including IFC Center in NYC) on September 16.

Following the screening, Alec Baldwin will host a conversation with writers-directors Brad Barber (Space) and Scott Christopherson (Only The Pizza Man Knows).


Tickets on sale now.

tribeca-shortlist-logo-200Support for this screening of Peace Officer is graciously provided by Tribeca Short List.


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Candescent Films returns to sponsor the Audience Award for the 2015 SummerDocs series. Candescent Films supports documentaries that illuminate social issues. Join the conversation @CandescentFilms.

On August 25, SummerDocs presenting sponsor TNT will take viewers to the gritty streets and the bright, seductive lights of 1960s New York this summer with Public Morals, a powerful police drama from writer, director, executive producer and star Edward Burns (Saving Private RyanThe Brothers McMullen, TNT’s Mob City). Public Morals also stars Michael Rapaport (JustifiedPrison Break) and Elizabeth Masucci (The AmericansInside Amy Schumer).

Public Morals is produced in collaboration with Amblin Television and executive producers Steven SpielbergJustin Falvey and Darryl Frank, the team behind the network’s hit series Falling Skies. Also serving as executive producer is Aaron Lubin.