Hulu Acquires Sundance Award-Winning Doc ‘Crime + Punishment’

Stephen Maing’s film about corruption in the NYPD won special jury prize for social impact filmmaking

Last Updated: June 19, 2018 @ 11:16 AM

Hulu has picked up an award-winning documentary out of this year’s Sundance Film Festival about a diverse group of officers who rallied to expose profiling and corruption within the NYPD.

Directed by Stephen Maing, the film won a special jury prize at Sundance for social impact filmmaking. Hulu will retain exclusive rights for streaming and partner with IFC Films on a day-and-date theatrical release on August 24.

“It was an act of bravery and defiance by all the cops and families who allowed their stories to be documented over the past four years so I’m heartened to know their efforts will not be in vain and this story made widely accessible,” Maing said in a statement.

The film follows a group of whistleblower officers known as “The NYPD 12,” along with an ex-cop turned private investigator, all who seek to expose the illegal use of arrest and summons quotas in the storied institution — largely considered a model for police departments nationwide.

Maing produced alongside Ross Tuttle and Eric Daniel Metzgar. The project was executive produced by Oscar winner Laura Poitras.

Hulu has increased its documentary originals slate of late, with titles like “Tiny Shoulders: Rethinking Barbie” and  “March of the Penguins 2: The Next Step.”