Both films have been extremely successful on the festival circuit thus far, with DokuFest's announcement coming on the heels of Edith+Eddie's win at the 2017 Palm Springs International ShortFest. The film earned the Jury Award for Best Documentary Short, taking home a $2,000 cash prize and eligibility to submit to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for Oscar consideration.
Directed, edited and produced by Laura Checkoway, Edith+Eddie earned an Honorable Mention at the Sheffield Doc/Fest, sparking Matt Turner of Shooting People to laud the short as "Intensive and moving...Building something genuinely beautiful out of tragedy."
Abacus, currently in the midst of its nationwide theatrical run with PBS Distribution, held for six consecutive weeks at the IFC Center in New York City, before earning extended runs in Berkeley, Boston, Washington D.C., San Francisco and London; as well as a return engagement in Chicago at the Gene Siskel Film Center August 4-10.
Abacus' two-week run at the Bertha DocHouse in London garnered the film international acclaim:
"Veteran documentary-maker Steve James (HOOP DREAMS) is back with an engrossing story: the extraordinary fiasco of the Abacus bank prosecution." (4/5 stars) –Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
"Disarmingly human moments–the Sung daughters, all high-powered lawyers, fret over their 80-year-old father's disappointing sandwich–pepper this compelling courtroom drama." (4/5 stars) –Wendy Ide, The Guardian
"Throughout James's scrappy story, there's a winning sense of humor, showing the spunk of people not used to getting pushed around." (4/5 stars) –Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"A charming portrait of this tight-knit community in the midst of their David v Goliath battle. The Sungs are demonstrably close and witheringly intelligent." (4/5 stars) –Jonathan Mahon-Heap, The Upcoming
"An astonishing, bruising, educative tale for our times." (4/5 stars) –Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
"Illuminating and inspiring." –Nikki Baughan, The List
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