Part of SFFILM Festival
Since Trump took office, the ACLU has filed a record 147 lawsuits; this is the rousing story of four of them. As they prepare to litigate hot-button issues like reproductive choice, immigration policies, and transgender rights, the lead attorneys for each case strive to prepare cogent arguments in the face of an administration determined to trample on basic freedoms. With their new film, the team behind Weiner (Festival 2016) demonstrates the vitality and importance of this 100-year-old organization and memorably profiles some of the courageous people who fulfill its mission.
“This timely look at the work of the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) provides a unique opportunity to see what makes this storied group of lawyers so impactful on the USA’s political and legal landscape … Structured around four central cases … the film helps us witness a flurry of hardworking legal minds advocating on behalf of their clients and their society as a whole.” –Jason Gorber, POV Magazine
Eli B. Despres is a writer, producer, and editor, in addition to being a director. He made his debut in 1994 with a short, Local Mechanic Wins Millions, before making his first narrative feature, Wilderness Survival for Girls (2004). With his partners, Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg, he created and directed the Showtime series Couples Therapy (2019). The Fight is his documentary feature debut.
Josh Kriegman was a producer who turned to directing with Wiener (Festival 2016), winning the Sundance Film Festival Documentary Grand Jury Prize.
Director Eli Despres, Josh Kriegman, Elyse Steinberg
Producer Elyse Steinberg, Josh Kriegman, Eli Despres, Maya Seidler, Peggy Drexler, Kerry Washington
Editor Eli Despres, Greg Finton, Kim Roberts
Cinematographer Sean McGing
Music Gustavo Santaolalla, Juan Luqui