Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope directed by Viva Van Loock
Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope directed by Viva Van Loock

The new documentary Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope follows Pulitzer Prize winning journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn on a deeply personal journey examining some of the most crucial challenges facing Americans today. Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope directed by Viva Van Loock will have its World Premiere at DOC NYC.

Early each morning Nicholas Kristof would board the No. 6 bus and ride through the hills and valleys of Yamhill, Oregon to get to his local public school. With him were some of his closest childhood friends and neighbors, people he had known all his life. But today, nearly a quarter of the kids who rode that bus with him have died.

Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope directed by Viva Van Loock
Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope directed by Viva Van Loock

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn return to Nick’s hometown to find out what really happened. They quickly find themselves at the heart of a much bigger story about those who fall through the cracks of America, destroyed by poverty, addiction, suicide and homelessness. In this boots-on-the-ground, intensely personal journey across our country, they find inequality is killing tens of thousands of Americans every year.

At DOC NYC, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn discuss their upcoming book Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope. They are joined by their film production partners at Show of Force, Maro Chermayeff (Founder) and Joshua Bennett (EVP) who adapted the project into a documentary premiering at DOC NYC. The discussion will be moderated by Katie Couric, award-winning journalist and founder, Katie Couric Media.

Q&A’s following each screening featuring: film subjects Nichols Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, director Viva Van Loock, and producers and co-directors Maro Chermayeff and Joshua Bennett.

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