The Neutral Ground

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World Premiere

FEATURE | United States | 90 MINUTES

THE NEUTRAL GROUND

Comedy, Documentary, Politics

In December 2015, the New Orleans City Council voted to remove four Confederate monuments from public grounds. A forceful group of critics protested the decision, and fearing retaliation, no crew would agree to remove the statues. To comedian and writer CJ Hunt, these protestors’ fanatical loyalty to the losing side of a 160 year-old war seemed like ideal material for a short, satirical internet video. But as he filmed the conflict surrounding the monuments, a bigger story began to reveal itself.

Harrowing, smart, and bitterly funny, Hunt’s documentary The Neutral Ground confronts the Lost Cause—the Southern campaign that mythified the Confederacy—with refreshing clarity. With New Orleans as the main backdrop of the story, the film expands its scope to the country at large, bringing to light the fabricated histories born out of the Civil War and the hard truths much of America has yet to face about slavery. Throughout, Hunt’s radical openness leads to staggering, often personal conversations with advocates and opponents of Confederate monuments alike. Turning a sharp eye to the tangled thread between past and present, The Neutral Ground targets necessary change centuries in the making that might—finally—be catching up to itself. —Jose Rodriguez

*Part of the Juneteenth programming



After the Movie: A conversation with CJ Hunt, Executive Producer Roy Wood Jr. (The Daily Show), and Pulitzer-Prize winning creator of the 1619 Project, Nikole Hannah-Jones on confronting the ongoing legacy of America’s Original Sin.

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Sat June 19 - 12:00 PM
Pier 76 in Hudson River Park
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Sun June 20 - 6:00 PM
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CAST & CREDITS

Directed by CJ Hunt

CJ Hunt is a comedy writer and director living in New York. He is a field producer for The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. He has also been a staff writer for A&Es Black & White and a field producer for The Rundown with Robin Thede. A fellow with New America and Firelight Media, CJ can regularly be seen/heard hosting The Moth.

Director
CJ Hunt
Producer
Darcy McKinnon
Screenwriter
CJ Hunt, Jane Geisler, James Hamilton
Cinematographer
Paavo Hanninen
Editor
Jane Geisler
Composer
Sultana Isham
Executive Producer
Roy Wood Jr, Sally Jo Fifer
Sound
Derek Rocque
Co-Producer
Jeremy Blum
Consulting Producer
Angela Tucker
Associate Producer
Katie Pham, Rachel Witwer, Jennifer Samani
US Distributor
ITVS/POV
Cast
CJ Hunt

CONTACTS

Press Contact
David Magdael
David Magdael and Associates
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Phone: 213 624 7827
dmagdael@tcdm-associates.com
Print Source
Darcy McKinnon
One Drop Pictures
New Orleans, LA 70117
Phone: 5042284247
darcy@gustomovingpictures.com
US Sales Contact
Darcy McKinnon
One Drop Pictures
New Orleans, LA 70117
Phone: 5042284247
darcy@gustomovingpictures.com
International Sales Contact
Darcy McKinnon
One Drop Pictures
New Orleans, LA 70117
Phone: 5042284247
darcy@gustomovingpictures.com