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The Force

Tuesday, April 11, 2017
6:00 p.m.
Victoria Theatre

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Saturday, April 15, 2017
4:00 p.m.


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Director Peter Nicks and producers Linda Davis and Lawrence Lerew expected to attend April 11 and 15 screenings.


The Oakland Police Department, an agency burdened by a long-standing legacy of problems, comes into sharp relief in this powerful, immersive documentary. For this second chapter of his award-winning documentary trilogy focused on the East Bay city, award-winning filmmaker Peter Nicks gained incredible access to the OPD over a two-year period from 2014 to 2016. Nicks vividly captures a particularly turbulent time, first as protests erupt on Oakland’s streets, fueled by national police abuse reports, and then as a shocking 2016 scandal involving officers and an underage sex worker engulfs the department. In addition to these headline-making developments, “The Force” covers the day-to-day realities of becoming and being a cop, dropping in on police academy recruits as they train and discuss how they would react in the face of a suspect behaving erratically and coming at them, possibly with a weapon, and accompanying officers on volatile, potentially dangerous calls. The Force also spotlights activists as they seek and demand action and change at both community meetings and protests. As with The Waiting Room (Festival 2012), his potent look at the overburdened Highland Hospital ER department, Nicks takes a fly-on-the-wall approach to his topic. Intended as a catalyst for conversation and change, Nicks’ empathetic and observational style avoids easy generalizations and upends expectations, resulting in a rich, thought provoking real-time conversation about social justice and the mutual responsibilities of police officers and those they serve and protect. —Randy Myers

Filmmaker Bio(s)

Peter Nicks is an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker living in Oakland. He is currently working on a trilogy of cinema vérité documentaries set in that East Bay city. The first chapter, The Waiting Room (Festival 2012), received numerous awards and nominations. The Force is the second installment. Amongst his other projects, Nicks was a second-unit camera operator on Ryan Coogler’s Fruitvale Station (2013) and he shared a News & Documentary Emmy in 2007 along with others for a segment on AIR: America’s Investigative Reports.
Film Details
  • Country(ies): USA
  • Language(s): English
  • Year: 2016
  • Running time: 93
  • Director(s): Peter Nicks
  • Producer(s): Linda Davis, Peter Nicks, Lawrence Lerew
  • Cinematographer(s): Peter Nicks
  • Editor(s): Lawrence Lerew
  • Music: Justin Melland

Print Source:
Kino Lorber
333 W 39th St, Ste 503
New York, NY  10018