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.
Abacus: Small Enough to Jail has earned a place in CIFF's 'Best of Fest' program; Abacus director Steve Jamesparticipating in the Points North Forum's The Verité Director workshop with Jeff Unay (THE CAGE FIGHTER).
The newest film by director Steve James, Abacus 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 US 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.
Abacus: Small Enough to Jail, the newest film by director Steve James is now available to pre-order on DVD for the special price of $19.99 (usually $24.99) until September 12! The DVD includes complete Mandarin subtitles.
Abacus took home the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Sarasota Film Festival and the Best Editing: Feature Length Documentary Award at the Ashland Independent Film Festival.
Acclaimed director and long-time Kartemquin associate Steve James will be honored by the Cleveland International Film Festival with the festival's Director's Spotlight Award. Previous award recipients include the likes of Kurt Kuenne, Jan Hřebejk, John Sayles, Rolf de Heer, Freida Lee Mock, Todd Solondz and Goran Markovic.
Abacus: Small Enough to Jail, the latest film from acclaimed director Steve James will also screen at True/False 2017, continuing its successful festival run. It also has screenings ahead at Portland International Film Festival and Port Jefferson Documentary series, with more to be announced soon.
Abacus: Small Enough to Jail head to the Portland International Film Festival this week to screen in the festival's Documentary Views section, aimed at offering a "fresh perspective on the world we live in and the fascinating people and stories that surround us Other films in the series include Academy Award-nominated I Am Not Your Negro and Fire at Sea.
Abacus has been voted among the Best of Fest at the 2017 Palm Springs International Film Festival, featuring the award-winning and audience-favorite films of the festival. Lauding the film as an "Immensely sympathetic portrait,"Abacus the festival will screen Abacus on Monday, January 15th at 2PM.
After three sold-out screenings, wide critical acclaim, and finishing as runner-up in the Grolsch People's Choice Documentary Award, the team behind Abacus: Small Enough to Jail can look back proudly on their world premiere week at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival.
Abacus: Small Enough to Jail is one of the most anticipated films of the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival ahead of its SOLD OUT world premiere on Sunday, September 11 at 4pm.
Abacus: Small Enough to Jail is an official selection of the 2016 Chicago International Film Festival, running October 23-27.
Abacus: Small Enough to Jail will US premiere at the 2016 New York Film Festival. Filmmakers and Sung family to attend.
After working in secret on the film for over a year, Mitten Media, Motto Pictures, and Kartemquin Films finally revealed the existence of Abacus: Small Enough to Jail on August 8th 2016, as part of the official line-up of the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival. We were delighted to see the excited response to the film from critics and fans.
Abacus: Small Enough to Jail to world premiere at TIFF on September 11, 2016. Cast and crew attending.