One hundred fifty-nine features have been submitted for consideration in the Documentary Feature category for the 92nd Academy Awards.
NAME OF FILM: 16 SHOTS
DIRECTOR(S): Richard Rowley
STARRING: Anita Alvarez, Dean Angelo, Alma Benitez
GENRE: Documentary Film
SYNOPSIS: In 2014 Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke shot 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times in the middle of the street. The official ruling from Chicago PD was that it was justified, that McDonald was attempting to attack the officers with a knife. The public, however, was not convinced, and both activists and journalists began the work of demanding evidence be shared, especially as more and more clues pointed to a cover-up. When dash cam footage of the incident was ultimately released a year later, it clearly showed the young man walking away when he was first shot, and lying on the ground through rest of the gunshots.
Traverse City Film Festival released the 2019 program marking the 15th Anniversary Year with a “Cinema Saves The World” theme, and featuring over 200 films and events