The sophomore documentary of Oscar-nominated Bing Liu (Minding the Gap) and feature debut of award-winning editor Joshua Altman, ALL THESE SONS is an urgent and compassionate look at two Chicago programs dedicated to educating, empowering and healing young, at-risk Black men.
Chicago gun violence, particularly on the South and West sides, has made national headlines for decades. While the city responds with aggressive policing, two community members lead programs that attempt to change the conditions that produce violence in the first place—by investing in the young men most at risk of being a victim or perpetrator. Program participants must do the difficult work of examining their rationales and fears, often revealing the deep trauma that feeds the cycles of violence. Filmmakers Bing Liu and Joshua Altman journey with their cameras alongside three of these young men—Shamont, Zay and Charles—as they wrestle with their pasts and, with the guidance of their mentors, construct a better future for generations to come.
“Bing and Josh embedded themselves deeply into the communities portrayed in their documentary All These Sons,” said Concordia Studio’s founder Davis Guggenheim. “The result is an honest, breathtaking and poetic film. All of us at Concordia are so proud to support their remarkable achievement.”
ALL THESE SONS was directed by Bing Liu and Joshua Altman and produced by Zak Piper, Kelsey Carr, Bing Liu, and Joshua Altman. Cinematography is by Bing Liu and Joshua Altman and editing by Bing Liu, Joshua Altman, Joe Beshenkovsky, and Jennifer Tiexiera. Music was composed by Kris Bowers. Executive producers are Davis Guggenheim, Laurene Powell Jobs, Nicole Stott, Jonathan Silberberg, Rahdi Taylor, and Shannon Dill. Carina Nieto is co-producer.
Tribeca Film Festival Screenings
In-person: Saturday, June 12, 8:00 pm ET
Location: Pier 76, Hudson River Park (W. 38th St. & 12th Ave.), NYC
Q&A Participants: Dirs. Bing Liu and Joshua Altman and film subjects
Billy Moore, Marshall Hatch Jr., Zay Manning, and Shamont Slaughter
Virtual: Sunday, June 13, 6:00 pm ET
Film becomes available online to public (in US only)