17 Blocks

Documentary Competition

World Premiere

USA | 96 MINUTES

17 BLOCKS

Documentary
Nine year old Emmanuel began filming himself and his family with a home video camera in 1999, capturing his Washington D.C. neighborhood through the eyes of an innocent child. Growing up just 17 blocks from the U.S. Capitol, however, proved more difficult than expected. Filmmaker, journalist, and frequent This American Life contributor Davy Rothbart befriended the Sanford family as they continued to document their daily life over a 20-year period in a city plagued by poverty, addiction, and gun violence.

What resulted from this uniquely collaborative effort between Rothbart and the family is a transcendent portrait of the unwavering strength of familial bonds. The film follows the characters through periods of joy and sadness, all captured on tape with stunning intimacy. This incredibly touching non-fiction odyssey offers a remarkable look into the lives of one family who was brave enough to share their story with the world.

—Loren Hammonds

CAST & CREDITS

Directed by Davy Rothbart

Davy Rothbart is a journalist, bestselling author, Emmy® Award-winning filmmaker, creator of Found Magazine, and contributor to public radio's This American Life. His latest documentary, Medora, aired on PBS and won a 2015 Emmy® News & Documentary Award. He's the founder of Washington To Washington, an annual hiking trip for city kids.


Director
Davy Rothbart
Producer
Alex Turtletaub, Michael B. Clark, Marc Turtletaub, Rachel Dengiz, Davy Rothbart
Screenwriter
Jennifer Tiexiera
Cinematographer
Zachary Shields
Composer
Nick Urata
Editor
Jennifer Tiexiera
Associate Producer
Paul Smith, Annette Smith, Dan Amorello, Jason Orfanon
Cast
Cheryl Sanford, Emmanuel Durant, Jr., Akil "Smurf" Sanford, Denice Sanford-Durant, Justin Sanford, Carmen Payne

CONTACTS

Press Contact
Susan Norget
Susan Norget Film Promotion
New York, NY 10010
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US Sales Contact
Ben Braun
Submarine Entertainment
New York, 10013
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Print Source
Apoorva Charan
Los Angeles, CA 90034-5954
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apoorva@beachsidefilms.com
International Sales Contact
Apoorva Charan
Los Angeles, CA 90034-5954
Phone: 925 209 1543
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