Crime + Punishment


Featuring a post-film Q&A with Oscar-nominated director Kirby Dick in person and Crime + Punishment director/producer/cinematographer/editor Stephen Maing, recipient of this year’s Social Justice Award, via Skype!

The Loft Film Fest is presented by the National Endowment for the Arts and Desert Diamond Casinos & Entertainment.

Winner – U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Social Impact, 2018 Sundance Film Festival!

Over five years of unprecedented access allowed filmmaker Stephen Maing to document the efforts of a small group of New York City police officers (now known as NYPD12) who decided to sue the department over racially discriminatory policing practices.

“Stephen Maing’s meticulous and dismaying documentary illuminates some of the deep, perhaps intractable, problems of policing in New York and beyond.” – A. O. Scott, New York Times

Troubled by the impact of quota-driven policing on young minorities, these officers risk their careers and safety to expose harmful policing practices that have plagued the precincts and streets of NYC for decades. Maing takes us inside the precincts, stations, prisons, meeting rooms, and courts of law, exposing the rampant abuse of power at all levels of city policing. He also gives us surprising inside views of private investigators and social justice organizers at work, who fight for people’s rights—including many of those incarcerated under false pretenses—every single day. Winner of Sundance’s Special Jury Award for Social Impact and executive produced by Oscar-winner Laura Poitras (CitizenFour), Crime + Punishment is equal parts docu-thriller and emotionally-charged tale of tenacious whistleblowers, risking their livelihoods for the sake of a greater cause. (Dir. by Stephen Maing, 2018, USA, 118 mins., Not Rated).  Other festivals: Sundance; Full Frame | Tucson Premiere

Special thanks to our community partner, DocScapes!

Stephen Maing is an Emmy-nominated Brooklyn-based filmmaker. His feature documentary, High Tech, Low Life 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, 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 documentary feature, Crime + Punishment, received a Special Jury Award for Social Impact at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.


Kirby Dick, a native Tucsonan, is a two-time Academy Award-nominated and two-time Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker. His previous films include The Hunting Ground, about sexual assault on college campuses; The Invisible War, a groundbreaking investigation into the epidemic of rape with the U.S. military; Twist of Faith, about a man confronting the trauma of child sexual abuse by a Catholic priest; This Film is Not Yet Rated, a breakthrough investigation of the MPAA’s secretive film ratings system; and Derrida, a complex portrait of the world-renowned French philosopher, Jacques Derrida. He is the recipient of the Nestor Almendros Prize for Courage and Filmmaking, the Upton Sinclair Award, and the Ridenhour Documentary Film Prize.