Celebrating its sixth year and following editions in DC and Los Angeles, the Meet the Press Film Festival moves to New York City in 2022 to partner with DOC NYC. With its annual festival of short documentaries, Meet the Press is bridging the gap between political journalism and film through a leading showcase of the year’s best issue-based short documentaries.
Following each of this year’s six programming tracks, filmmakers had in-depth conversations moderated by NBC News correspondents and anchors, including Meet the Press Moderator and NBC News Political Director Chuck Todd; NBC News Chief Washington Correspondent and Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent Andrea Mitchell; Host of MSNBC’s Symone Symone Sanders; NBC News NOW Anchor, Stay Tuned Co-Host and NBC News Correspondent Savannah Sellers; and Co-Host of Stay Tuned and NBC News Studios head of documentary Molly O’Brien.
This year’s lineup included:
Changes in views over judicial accountability, drug-related crimes and systemic racism are at the root of these films, which examine how gaps in the criminal justice system can leave people behind bars for years. Screening followed by a Q&A with filmmakers.
Directed by Sosena Solomon
Directed by Rebecca Richman Cohen
Directed by Kyle Thrash, Haley Elizabeth Anderson
Three stories about land, laws and traditions, that show us the meaning of home. Screening followed by a Q&A with filmmakers and NBC News NOW Anchor and NBC News Correspondent Savannah Sellers.
Directed by Matthew Kwiecinski, Christine Nguyen
Directed by Rayka Zehtabchi, Shaandiin Tome
Directed by Christian Cargill
Martha Mitchell and Sally Schmitt should be household names; one stood up to a president and the other helped launch the most famous restaurant in America. These films tell the stories of women who lived life on their own terms. Screening followed by a Q&A with filmmakers and NBC News Chief Washington Correspondent Andrea Mitchell.
Directed by Ben Proudfoot
Directed by Anne Alvergue, Debra McClutchy
Kivu, Hong Kong, Milwaukee — people move across the globe, seeking shelter from violence and oppression. These films tell the stories of migrants from the Balkans, Iraq, China and Congo, as they resettle in cities around the world. Screening followed by a Q&A with filmmakers.
Directed by Cynthia Wade, Sharon Liese
Directed by Olivia Martin-McGuire
Directed by Amy Bench
Sports open the doors for stories untold. In Cleveland, a city reconsiders the meaning of a century-old mascot, and in New York, a stereotype is reformed by the electric performance of one player. Screening followed by a Q&A with ‘Meet the Press’ Moderator Chuck Todd.
Directed by Frank Chi
Directed by Lance Edmands
What happens when “universal” rights are tested by women? In Alabama, Brittany Smith’s case calls into question the purpose of “stand your ground” laws. And in Russia, activist Anastasia Shevchenko pays a heavy price for standing up to President Vladimir Putin. Screening followed by a Q&A with filmmakers and ‘Meet the Press’ Moderator Chuck Todd.