17 Blocks

 

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The Story

In 1999, nine-year-old Emmanuel Sanford-Durant and his Washington, D.C. family began to film their daily lives in America's most dangerous neighborhood — just 17 blocks behind the U.S. Capitol building. They've been filming ever since.

Made in a unique collaboration with filmmaker and journalist Davy Rothbart, the film focuses on four generations of the Sanford Family, including Emmanuel, a promising student, his brother Smurf, a local drug dealer, his sister Denice, an aspiring cop, and his mother Cheryl, who must conquer her own demons for her family to prosper.

Spanning two decades, 17 BLOCKS illuminates a nation's ongoing crisis through one family's raw, stirring, and deeply personal saga.

 
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Screenings


 

Martha's Vineyard Film Festival (Massachusetts)
Jul 17 / 8:00 PM / Chilmark Community Center

Woods Hole Film Festival (Massachusetts)
Jul 29 / 5:30 PM / Old Woods Hole Fire Station

Melbourne Documentary Film Festival
Jul 30 / 6:00 PM / Backlot Cinemas

Traverse City Film Festival
Aug 1 / 6:00 PM / Central High School Auditorium

San Antonio Film Festival
Aug 4 / 8:00 PM / Feik Family Rotunda

Monmouth Film Festival
Aug 11 / 11:45 AM / Two River Theater

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Publicity

Susan Norget Film Promotion
publicity@norget.com
212-431-0090

Sales

Submarine - Ben Braun
ben@submarine.com
212-625-1410

Filmmakers

Contact the Film Team!
17BlocksFilm@gmail.com