“Ernie and Joe” – 2019 Jury Award winner for Empathy and Craft documentary at IFF Boston

I was happy to spent time with Ernest Stevens (left) and Joseph Smarro (right), here in Boston.  The officers are member of the San Antonio PD Mental Health Unit. On Saturday 4-27-19 the New England premier of “Ernie and Joe” Directed by Jenifer McShane was shown as part of the Boston Independent Film Festival. The film was well directed and edited with precision. The sound and images captured the intensity of their work and the exquisite sensitivity these officers exude. Jen McShane captures moment after moment of the important work being done in San Antonio, Bexar County, TX and the intimacy of this friendship.  The program is being adapted for law enforcement agencies across the country. “Ernie and Joe” is headed for Washington DC in June.  Congratulations I enjoyed every moment of the film.      Michael Sefton

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