ERNIE & JOE: CRISIS COPS

Directed by Jenifer McShane

On average, U.S. Police Academy candidates spend 60 hours or more learning how to shoot a gun — and only eight on mental health and communication. This vérité portrait follows Ernie Stevens and Joe Smarro, two San Antonio police officers working to change this service discrepancy. They run a Mental Health Unit focused on diverting the mentally ill away from jail and into health treatment by redefining long-held police practices with their innovative and compassionate approach. While the country debates the ethics of unchecked policing, this absorbing piece of small-scale storytelling shows how the system must also be willing to change from the inside.

IN PERSON: Director, Jennifer McShane and film subjects, Ernie Stevens and Joe Smarro

PRODUCERS: Jenifer McShane
CINEMATOGRAPHER: E.J. Enriquez
EDITOR: Toby Shimin

Dates & Times
Past
The Arlington, Cinema 1

Sun, Oct 20
4:15 pm