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Do Not Resist explores the militarization of local police departments — in their tactics, training, and acquisition of equipment — since 9/11. With unprecedented access to police conventions, equipment expos, and officers themselves, filmmaker Craig Atkinson, the son of a SWAT team member, has crafted an eye-popping nonpartisan look at the changing face of law enforcement in America.
About The Team
Craig Atkinson (Director/Producer/Cinematographer/Editor)
A multi-faceted documentary filmmaker, Craig Atkinson is a notable producer, editor and cinematographer. Most recently, Craig was an additional cinematographer on Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You. Craig also produced, and was the co-cinematographer on Detropia, a lyrical exploration about the city of Detroit trying to re-invent itself in a post-manufacturing United States. The film premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and won the Editing Award for U.S. Documentary. Detropia went on to win ten additional awards worldwide and was short-listed for an Academy Award. While in Detroit, Craig was also a cinematographer on The Education of Muhammed Hussein, a 40-minute short documentary exploring the Muslim population in the Detroit area. The film, made for HBO, was short-listed for an Academy Award in 2012. Earlier is his career; he was Enat Sidi’s (The Wolfpack, Jesus Camp) assistant editor during 12th and Delaware, an HBO film that takes a compelling look at the ongoing abortion debate in America. The film was an official selection at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. Craig holds a MA in Visual Media Arts from Emerson College.
Laura Hartrick (Producer/Editor)
Laura Hartrick started her career working as a production assistant in Detroit on documentary Detropia in 2011. She went on to work at Alex Gibney’s Jigsaw Productions, contributing to documentaries We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks and Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God. She also worked as an assistant to Director Jason Da Silva at AXS Lab, a non-profit organization dedicated to telling stories of disability through new media and documentary film. Laura is co-founder of Vanish Films. She holds a BA in Social and Historical Studies from Indiana University, and finished her last semester studying international journalism at Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain. This is Laura’s first credit as producer and editor on a documentary feature.
Do Not Resist is a Cinereach grantee.