The Hottest August

This event took place Jan 12 - Jan 16, 2020

$13 General Admission
$10 Student/Child/Senior
$7 Member

Brett Story
1h 34m


A complex portrait of a city and its inhabitants, The Hottest August gives us a window into the collective consciousness of the present. The film’s point of departure is one city over one month: New York City, including its outer boroughs, during August 2017. It’s a month heavy with the tension of a new President, growing anxiety over everything from rising rents to marching white nationalists, and unrelenting news of either wildfires or hurricanes on every coast. The film pivots on the question of futurity: what does the future look like from where we are standing? And what if we are not all standing in the same place? The Hottest August holds a mirror up to a society on the verge of catastrophe, registering the anxieties, distractions, and survival strategies that preoccupy ordinary lives.

All images and copy on this page courtesy of Grasshopper Film. For full photo credits, visit their website.


“Even face to face with a bleak future, The Hottest August is steeped… delight, the kind that reminds us that there’s beauty in the world, and a future that’s worth fighting for.” – Sam Adams, Slate

“No movie can encompass everything that’s on the minds of Americans at the moment, but Story’s modest but wide-ranging cine-essay comes closest, constructed in such a way that no two audiences will see it the same way.” – Peter Debruge, Variety

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