Erick Stoll

is a non-fiction filmmaker from Cincinnati, Ohio. He co-founded the online political series New Left Media, which tracked conservative and progressive movements under the Obama presidency. He co-directed the short docs Lifelike, a dispassionate reconstruction of the taxidermic process, and Good White People, which follows the displacement of a black family from a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood in Cincinnati, Ohio, and won Best Short prizes at Camden and Indie Memphis, among others.


Lifelike, 2011; Good White People, 2016; América, 2018.

Chase Whiteside

is a Brooklyn-based filmmaker and designer. He co-founded the political web series New Left Media and co-directed the documentary short Lifelike. More recently, he worked with actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt on a short about gun trafficking between the US and Mexico and singer Alicia Keys on her campaign for criminal justice reform. His short profile of Ricardo Aca, an undocumented immigrant working in a Trump hotel, received widespread media coverage during the 2016 elections, including the comment from Trump himself.


Lifelike, 2011; América, 2018.

America (12+)

USA , 2018, colour, 75 min.
Directors: Erick Stoll, Chase Whiteside
Diego, a young circus artist, must return home and with his brothers to take care of their ninety-three-year-old grandmother America, after she falls from her bed, causing their father to be jailed under an accusation of elder neglect. Diego is a dreamer who sees poetry and purpose in this tragedy. He believes America, despite her immobility and advanced dementia, fell willfully, to bring the separated family back together.


CPH:DOX – Special Mention.

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