A film by Stefan Forbes In Theaters and iTunes 5/20 “Formally audacious…a jaw-dropper” -Manohla Dargis, The New York Times “Revelatory”
-Thom Powers, NPR “Gripping…fiercely urgent” -Brent Lang, Variety“ “An incredible, unshakeable new documentary.” -Joshua Brunsting, Criterion “All the ingredients of a Sidney Lumet film…as tense as any thriller from that period.” -Allan Hunter, ScreenDaily.com “A searing look into a little-known moment in history with profound repercussions for how we understand policing today. Grade: A” -Tambay Obenson, Indiewire -Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
“Fast-paced, suspenseful...fascinating”
“Gripping” -Brent Simon, GoldenGlobes.com
“Hold Your Fire is searing and powerful.” 
-Dr. Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress
“Dr. Schlossberg’s revolutionary principles of communication and de-escalation
can continue to transform American policing and save lives.”
-Antoinette Collarini-Schlossberg, Ph.D.   Chair, Criminal Justice, St. John’s University.

In 1973, four young African-American men stealing guns for self-defense were cornered by the NYPD. Could visionary police psychologist Harvey Schlossberg convince his superiors to do the unthinkable –  negotiate with “criminals” – and save twelve hostages from a violent bloodbath? In never-before-seen film and eye-opening interviews, HOLD YOUR FIRE has the potential to revolutionize American policing.


Fab Five Freddy / Producer

Fred Brathwaite, popularly known as Fab 5 Freddy, is an American visual artist, filmmaker, and hip hop pioneer. He is considered one of the architects of the street art movement and was the first host of the groundbreaking hip-hop music video show Yo! MTV Raps. Fred recently directed the Netflix feature documentary Grass Is Greener about the history of cannabis, race, and criminal justice in America.

Stefan Forbes / Producer, Director, Cinematographer, Editor

Director/Cinematographer/Editor Stefan Forbes is an Emmy-nominated, IDA Award-winning screenwriter and filmmaker. His film Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story won the IDA Emerging Filmmaker Award, the George Polk and Edward R. Murrow Journalism Awards, and was a WGA Award finalist.

Tia Wou / Producer

Producer Tia Wou is an entrepreneur and producer of the award-winning documentary film Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story, a Critic’s Choice in the New York Times and the Washington Post, which called it “one of the best political films ever.”

Sam Pollard / Consulting Producer

Sam Pollard is an Emmy Award-winning and Oscar-nominated producer, director and editor. His films include MLK/FBI (2020), Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me (2017), Mr. Soul! (2018), When The Levees Broke (2006), Bamboozled (2000), Four Little Girls (1997) and Eyes on the Prize (1987).

Jonathan Sanford / Composer

Jonathan Sanford is a Los Angeles-based composer and saxophonist. He scored the upcoming Netflix Anthology Social Distance and Universal Pictures feature Good On Paper, starring Iliza Schlesinger and Margaret Cho, directed by Kimmy Gatewood. He has shared a stage with legendary performers Max Roach, Eddie Palmieri, and Bobby McFerrin. 

Amir Soltani / Producer

Producer Amir Soltani is an Iranian-American writer and historian, Emmy-nominated director of the documentary film Dogtown Redemption, and author of Zahra’s Paradise, a New York Times bestselling graphic novel about human rights in Iran which has been translated into 16 languages.


Dr. Henry Louis “Skip” Gates Jr. –  Dr. Gates is the Director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University.  

Andrew H. Delbanco – Andrew is the Alexander Hamilton Professor of American Studies at Columbia University.  

Stanley Richards – Stanley is the First Deputy Commissioner of the NYC Department of Corrections. 

Sean Patrick Griffin, Ph.D. – Sean is Department Head of Criminal Justice at The Citadel.  

Third Settlements – Third Settlements is a DEI consultancy founded by Dax-Devlon Ross, Rico Blancaflor, and Chirag Menon.

Partial proceeds will go to: 1. The Osborne Association, which heals trauma and builds opportunity for families affected by crime and incarceration. 2. POPPA, an NYPD mental health support network which reduces PTSD, marital problems, substance abuse and suicide.

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