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Hulu nabs Stephen Maing’s “Crime + Punishment”

Digital subscription streaming service Hulu has acquired the rights to Stephen Maing‘s award-winning feature-length documentary Crime + Punishment. The 111-minute film held its world premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, ...
June 20, 2018

Digital subscription streaming service Hulu has acquired the rights to Stephen Maing‘s award-winning feature-length documentary Crime + Punishment.

The 111-minute film held its world premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, where it won U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Social Impact Filmmaking. It points to illegal and discriminatory quota practices by law enforcement officials within the New York Police Department.

Crime + Punishment also chronicles a band of minority whistleblower officers known as The NYPD 12, and the efforts of an ex-cop turned private investigator, Manuel Gomez, as they seek to expose the illegal use of arrest and summons quotas.

Maing serves as producer on the film alongside Ross Tuttle and Eric Daniel Metzgar. Academy Award winner Laura Poitras serves as executive producer.

Hulu will also partner with IFC Films to release Crime + Punishment simultaneously in theaters and on Hulu on Aug. 24.

“It was an act of bravery and defiance by all the cops and families who allowed their stories to be documented over the past four years so I’m heartened to know their efforts will not be in vain and this story made widely accessible,” said Maing in a statement. “It’s exciting to have Hulu’s amazing partnership and share this film theatrically, pursue an ambitious social impact campaign and present these previously unheard voices of active duty officers into the national dialogue around police reform.”

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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