Past Film/Video | Series & Festivals

The Force

(Peter Nicks, 2017)

Columbus Premiere

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Peter Nicks (The Waiting Room) returns to the Wex with The Force, his engrossing portrait of two tumultuous years in the life of the Oakland Police Department that earned him a Best Director (US Documentary) award at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. A Frederick Wiseman-esque portrait of an American institution with a ripped-from-the-headlines sense of relevance and drama, the documentary finds Nicks embedded with the department as the Black Lives Matters movement blossoms and the force is under continual federal oversight for pervasive corruption and criminality. Filmed in a very present tense, you-are-there style, we’re given unprecedented access as Nicks gradually and responsively opens up the film’s scale and radical alternative solutions are proposed. In a year of great conversation-starting documentaries, this is one of the most discussable! (80  mins., DCP)

police officers in dress uniform standing at attention

The Force, image courtesy of Sundance Institute. Photo: Peter Nicks.

an on-duty police officer standing with his arms crossed

The Force, image courtesy of Sundance Institute. Photo: Peter Nicks.

SEASON SUPPORT FOR FILM/VIDEO

Rohauer Collection Foundation

 

SUPPORT FOR THE FILM/VIDEO STUDIO PROGRAM 

Institute of Museum and Library Services 

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

National Endowment for the Arts 

 

GENERAL OPERATING SUPPORT FOR THE WEXNER CENTER

Greater Columbus Arts Council

Ohio Arts Council

The Columbus Foundation

Nationwide Foundation

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Past Film/Video

The Force