Craig Atkinson’s documentary Do Not Resist, which looks at the militarization of the police in America, will begin a theatrical run Sept. 30 at the Film Forum in New York before expanding to select U.S. markets, including Los Angeles, where it will open Oct. 14, and San Francisco and Seattle, where it will bow Oct. 21. Its theatrical release is being handled by Vanish Film in association with mTuckman Media.
Do Not Resist, which marks Atkinson’s directorial debut, was named best documentary feature at the Tribeca Film Festival. Shot over two years in 11 states, the film looks at police training, a SWAT team in action, disagreements on Capitol Hill and protests in Ferguson, Mo. In conjunction with the film’s theatrical release, an educational screening series in conjunction with Ro*Co Films also is planned.
Presented by Vanish Films in association with Vital Projects, The Frances Lear Foundation, The Filmmakers Fund and Ford Foundation Just Films, Do Not Resist was shot, directed, produced and edited by Atkinson along with executive producer David Menschel, producer Laura Hartrick (who also served as editor) and composer Grayson Sanders with additional music by Michael Stearns.