Critics' Pick: The Best of SXSW 2017 | The Hollywood Reporter by Michael T Vollmann

Critics' Pick: The Best of SXSW 2017 - The Hollywood Reporter

Filmed over a three-year period, Erik Ljung's urgent documentary chronicles the fatal police shooting of an African-American man, Dontre Hamilton, in 2014, and the tireless efforts of his family as they...


The Blood is at the Doorstep to Premiere at SXSW | Shadow and Act by Michael T Vollmann

'The Blood is at the Doorstep' - Documentary on Dontre Hamilton - Will World Premiere at SXSW - SHADOW AND ACT

On April 30, 2014, a white police officer, Christopher Manney, shot and killed Dontre Hamilton, at Red Arrow Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. No charges were brought, but Manney was fired from the force. As a result of the shooting and subsequent protests, Milwaukee police officers were equipped with body cameras. 

Hamilton, who was 31 years old at the time of his death, had a history of mental illness. Hamilton's family stated that he had been treated for schizophrenia but was not violent. 

This Milwaukee tragedy is at the center of a new documentary set to make its premiere at the upcoming SXSW Film Festival in March.