In 1973, four young African-American men stealing guns for self-defense in Brooklyn were cornered by the NYPD. A violent gun battle killed a police officer, beginning the longest hostage siege in NYPD history. The NYPD’s 130-year-old policy was to deliver an ultimatum, then respond with deadly force. Could visionary police psychologist Harvey Schlossberg convince his superiors to do the unthinkable –  negotiate with “criminals” – and save twelve hostages from an impending bloodbath? In never-before-seen film and gripping interviews with survivors, HOLD YOUR FIRE uncovers what really happened in this landmark event with the potential to revolutionize American policing.

“It was the Titanic. The moon landing.
The major turning point of police tactics in hostage situations.”

– Lt. Al Baker, Ret.   NYPD Emergency Services Unit


“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, Legal Studies and Homeland Security, St. John’s University.


“Hold Your Fire is searing and powerful.” 

-Dr. Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress



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


Fab Five Freddy / Producer

Fred Brathwaite, more 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. Henry Louis “Skip” Gates Jr. is an American literary critic, teacher, historian, filmmaker and public intellectual who serves as the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University. His award-winning books include Stony the Road and The Signifying Monkey. Since 2012 Gates has been host of the television series Finding Your Roots on PBS.

Andrew H. Delbanco

Andrew H. Delbanco is the Alexander Hamilton Professor of American Studies at Columbia University. He was awarded a National Humanities Medal and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Guggenheim Foundation, the NEH, and the National Humanities Center. He is the author of The War Before the War: Fugitive Slaves and the Struggle for America’s Soul and The Death Of Satan.

Stanley Richards

Stanley Richards is the Executive Vice President of The Fortune Society. A formerly incarcerated man of color with decades of experience in the criminal justice field, he was recognized by the Obama administration as a Champion of Change, serves as Vice Chair to the NYC Board of Correction and on the Independent Commission on New York City Criminal Justice and Incarceration Reform.

Sean Patrick Griffin, Ph.D.

Sean Patrick Griffin, Ph.D. is Department Head of Criminal Justice at The Citadel. A former Philadelphia police officer, Dr. Griffin has written about police legitimacy, police abuse of force, white-collar crime, professional sports gambling, international narcotics trafficking, money laundering, and political corruption. He wrote the critically-acclaimed Black Brothers, Inc.: The Violent Rise and Fall of Philadelphia’s Black Mafia.

Third Settlements

Third Settlements is a DEI consultancy founded by Dax-Devlon Ross, Rico Blancaflor, and Chirag Menon which stands by the power of intergroup dialogue, systems analysis and collective problem solving for advancing democracy and humanity. In dialogue with a wide range of clients, they channel art, data, history, current events, and personal narrative to engage pressing conversations and create sustainable answers.

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