Youth and gang violence kills more people every year than all mass shootings and military operations combined, yet this decades-long war in the shadows of America’s cities is not well understood, and is worsening. This film illuminates rarely seen issues that have enabled this invisible war to continue, and the challenges facing activists trying to stop it.
The film is supported by the Colorado Film, Television and Media office, Denver Film, Doc Society, Catapult Film Fund, IFP, Edit Center, and others.
Executive Producers: Adam McKay, Lana Garland, Damon Davis, Tony Hardmon, Trygve Myhren, Kayvan Khalatbari, K. Nicole Robinson Asarch and Chad Asarch
Producers: Dia Sokol Savage, Sarah Dowland, donnie l. betts
About the Director
Julian Rubinstein grew up in Denver and moved back to the city for this project. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the New Yorker, Rolling Stone, and others. His first book, Ballad of the Whiskey Robber was a New York Times “Editors Choice” and a finalist for the Edgar Award for Best Non Fiction. His new book, The Holly, was published in 2021 and called “a shattering piece of investigative journalism involving street gangs, race relations, and law enforcement.” It was also named a New York Times Editors’ Choice.
He has been an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s School of Journalism, from which he graduated. He is currently Visiting Professor of the Practice in Documentary Journalism at the University of Denver, and affiliated faculty at the school’s Interdisciplinary Research Institute for the Study of (in)Equality (IRISE.) For more, see: www.thehollyfilm.com.
Genre: Social Justice, True Crime, Current Events