|Producers||Peter Nicks, Linda Davis, Lawrence Lerew|
The Force presents a cinema vérité look deep inside the long-troubled Oakland Police Department as it struggles to confront federal demands for reform, a popular uprising following events in Ferguson, MO, and an explosive scandal.
About The Team
Peter Nicks‘s (Director) is an Emmy Award winning shooter/director known for his courageous cinema vérité style. He directed/produced The Waiting Room, which was released theatrically in 2012 to critical acclaim and won numerous awards including the Truer Than Fiction Independent Spirit award. Nicks is a 2015 United States Artist Fellow in the midst of his trilogy of timely, immersive films exploring the interconnected narratives of health care, criminal justice and education in Oakland, CA.
Linda Davis (Producer) is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker who produced The Waiting Room, a verite portrait of a day in the life at a public hospital in Oakland, California, which received critical recognition and an Independent Spirit Award nomination for best documentary. She also produced The Kill Team, about a soldier in Afghanistan who attempted to report war crimes committed by his platoon, which won Best Documentary Feature at Tribeca in 2013 and was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Investigative Journalism. Her experience includes work on several feature-length documentaries including The Rape of Europa and Jon Else’s Wonders Are Many: The Making of Doctor Atomic.
Lawrence Lerew (Editor) was nominated for an Emmy for his work on The Waiting Room. He studied at the University of Arizona, and has worked on numerous documentary films including Wounded Knee (2008), the Oscar-nominated The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers (2009), and The Kill Team (2013).
Jon Else (Executive Producer) made The Day After Trinity, Cadillac Desert: Water and the Transformation of Nature, Sing Faster, and Wonders Are Many: The Making of Doctor Atomic. He was series producer on Henry Hampton’s Eyes On The Prize, producer/director of Hampton’s A Job At Ford’s, co-director with Bonni Cohen of Inside Guantanamo, and executive producer on The Island President. He has served as cinematographer on hundreds of documentaries, including Who Are The Debolts (Academy Award), Afghanistan: Hell Of A Nation, and Food Inc. Else has extensive experience shooting in Oakland, including work on Fruitvale Station and Tupac: Resurrection.
Niema Jordan (Impact Producer) Niema Jordan is a writer, director, and producer from Oakland, Calif. The proud Medill alum received her dual master’s in Public Health and Journalism from University of California, Berkeley. An award-winning documentary filmmaker, she directed and produced Oasis, which chronicles a small clinic’s battle to secure Hep C treatment for its underserved patients. Jordan also worked on outreach for Trilogy Films’ Trapped and helped produce films that were featured on New York Times, TIME/ ESSENCE Magazine, and Fusion. She currently serves on the board of Camp Reel Stories and is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
The Force is a Cinereach grantee.