ERNIE & JOE (Dir. by Jenifer McShane, 2019, USA, 96 mins., Not Rated)

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 16 AT 3:00PM | ADMISSION FREE


Followed by a post-film discussion with director Jenifer McShane, film subject Joe Smarro, Judy Kowalick (NAMI Southern Arizona), and Richard Rhoads (Banner – University Medicine Crisis Response Center), Sabrina Taylor (Phoenix Police CIT Squad), Jason Winsky (Tucson Police Department), moderated by Christina Rossetti.

 

A graceful and empathetic look at a new kind of police force, Ernie & Joe is a moving portrait of two Texas police officers who are helping change the way police respond to mental health calls.

 

The film takes audiences on a personal journey, braiding together experiences during Ernie and Joe’s daily encounters with people in crisis. These are not your everyday cops; dressed in polos and jeans, brandishing no weapons, they sit down with distraught and potentially violent people to talk. They listen. They take their time. Ernie and Joe are doing the work and walking the walk. Amid heightened scrutiny of police-community relations, and deepening understanding of mental health issues, Jenifer McShane’s documentary offers proof of an enlightened way forward and is testament to the profound impact of this unique approach.

 

A graceful and empathetic look at a new kind of police force, Ernie & Joe is a moving portrait of two Texas police officers who are helping change the way police respond to mental health calls.

 

“A beautiful documentary … a shockingly emotional and human look at a new kind of police force.” – James Roberts, Glide Magazine

 

Complete info at https://loftfilmfest.org/film/ernie-joe/

 

 

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Planned Published Date: 

01/14/2020 - 2:00pm