The Hottest August

What Does The Future Look Like?

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" offers a mirror onto a society on the verge of catastrophe, registering the anxieties, distractions, and survival strategies that preoccupy ordinary lives.

Director(s): Brett Story
Production: Brett Story, Danielle Varga, Oh Ratface Films, Walking Productions
Music: Troy Herion
Actors: Clare Coulter
Year: 2019
Duration: 94 min
Our age recommendation: 13
Language (audio): English
Country of origin: United States
Shooting Locations: United States
Screening rights: Grasshopper Film ()

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Main topic(s): Climate
Secondary topics: population climate urban development
Mentions: climate change politics changes future New York hope fears environmental protection
Topic Page(s): Climate

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