The Hottest August - A film about climate change, disguised as a portrait of collective anxiety.

A complex portrait of a city and its inhabitants, The Hottest August gives us a window into the collective consciousness of the present. The film’s point of departure is one city over one month: New York City, including its outer boroughs, during August 2017. It’s a month heavy with the tension of a new President, growing anxiety over everything from rising rents to marching white nationalists, and unrelenting news of either wildfires or hurricanes on every coast. The film pivots on the question of futurity: what does the future look like from where we are standing? And what if we are not all standing in the same place? The Hottest August offers a mirror onto a society on the verge of catastrophe, registering the anxieties, distractions, and survival strategies that preoccupy ordinary lives. 

Producer: Danielle Varga

Director of Photography: Derek Howard

Sound Designer: Ernst Karel

Director: Brett Story

Producer: Nels Bangerter

Composer: Troy Herion


Thomas Giles, Saxes

Charlie Culbert, Percussion

Troy Herion, Keys and Electronics

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