Film and Video Work
The feature length documentary STOP follows three years in the life of David Ourlicht, one of the four named plaintiffs in Floyd vs. City of New York. By interweaving the story of David's family with the action around the trial, STOP places the stop and frisk controversy in the context of a long history of civil rights. From David's Jewish grandfather, who describes being arrested in Greenwich Village on his first date with David's grandmother, an African-American woman, to David's biracial father, Italian-American mother, and mixed race sister, the Ourlicht family offers a powerful backdrop to the flashpoint issue of stop and frisk. The film asks: Must we trade safety for civil rights?
From interviews with the lead attorneys bringing in the case, to police officers who defend the practice, to the law professor who wrote the expert report, to coverage of Mayor Bloomberg and Police Chief Ray Kelly, STOP paints a picture of a city divided. Then the trial begins. From the rallies, to the press conferences, to the day David testifies, to closing statements and CCR's celebratory party, STOP offers a behind the scenes look at the trial, and gives a history of an era of intense political battles that the City of New York will never forget.
The Valley Rebels
The Valley Rebels: the French farmer helping refugees cross Europe
Cédric Herrou is a farmer who supports and houses African refugees in the alpine village of Breil-Sur-Roya in southern France. Some regard him as a heroic good samaritan, but others – including the French border police and state prosecutor – denounce him as the leader of a band of smugglers, bringing migrants from Italy into France while flouting official border controls. As Cedric moves from one prosecution to another, why do he and his fellow activists feel compelled to defy the authorities?
Director, producer, editor: Spencer Wolff
Producer and editor: Ben Lenzner
Executive producers for the Guardian: Charlie Phillips and Lindsay Poulton
Commissioned by the Guardian and the Filmmaker Fund
Gauthier, 24, was in the Bataclan concert hall in Paris when assailants opened fire. He was shot but escaped when a man dragged him to safety.
Produced by: EMILAND GUILLERME, SPENCER WOLFF AND BEN LAFFIN
Edited by: SPENCER WOLFF AND BEN LAFFIN
Read the story here: http://nyti.ms/1N4VmMD
The newly elected president of France, Emmanuel Macron, gives TIME an exclusive interview where he gives his take on the future of Europe, the Paris Agreement, the threat of Russian interference and Twitter.
Videography: SPENCER WOLFF, FRANCESCA TRIANNA, JONATHAN D. WOODS
Read the story here: http://time.com/emmanuel-macron-president-france-interview/