Abacus: Small Enough to Jail tells the incredible saga of the Chinese immigrant Sung family, owners of Abacus Federal Savings of Chinatown, New York. Accused of mortgage fraud by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., Abacus becomes the only U.S. bank to face criminal charges in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. The indictment and subsequent trial forces the Sung family to defend themselves – and their bank’s legacy in the Chinatown community – over the course of a five-year legal battle.
Today the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that 15 films in the Documentary Feature category will advance in the voting process for the 90th Academy Awards®, including Abacus: Small Enough to Jail by director Steve James.
The nominees for the 2018 Cinema Eye Honors were announced on November 3 and included nominations Abacus: Small Enough to Jail.
Abacus: Small Enough to Jail by director Steve James earned the Critics' Choice Award for Best Political Documentary last night at the 2017 Critics' Choice Documentary Awards.
A film as indefatigable as its subjects, Abacus:Small Enough to Jail has been nominated for three Critics' Choice Documentary Awards including Best Documentary and Best Political Documentary, and the Sung Family has been nominated for Most Compelling Living Subject of a Documentary.
We are thrilled to share that Abacus:Small Enough to Jail has earned a spot on DOC NYC's 15-film Short List of Academy Award contenders. DOC NYC is America's largest documentary festival. Historically, most DOC NYC picks do land on the Academy's official 15-film Oscar Short List.