This Short Film Is a Gripping Take on the NYPD’s Stop-and-Frisk Policy

It's also an Adweek Watch Awards winner

Stop, a short film shot over two nights in Red Hook, Brooklyn, is a tense, minimalist statement on New York City's controversial stop-and-frisk policy. It's also the winner of Best Drama Video in Adweek's Watch Awards.

Shot using only available light, the film is dark, full of menace and documentary-like, and was made by the Green brothers—not John and Hank, the tech geeks of YouTube fame, but Marcus Reinaldo Green, who directed, wrote and produced the nine-minute short, and Rashaad Ernesto Green, who executive produced it.

Discovered and distributed by Condé Nast Entertainment, Stop tells the story of Xavier, an African-American teenager walking home from baseball practice who's stopped and searched by two NYPD cops for no reason other than the color of his skin. It's clear from the tidbits of dialogue that Xavier's pretty much a straight arrow who attends school, which leaves the viewer even more rankled when he's stopped. Though the confrontation resolves itself without conflict and Xavier makes his way home, the film's ending interjects some doubt and ambiguity into the storyline. Below is a teaser, and you can watch the whole thing here.

Native New Yorkers who grew up on Staten Island, the Green brothers have gotten Stop into several film festivals (including the Tribeca Film Festival), and it was an official short selection at Sundance.

"I am telling socially conscious stories that resonate with universal audiences," Marcus Reinaldo told in a Q&A before the Tribeca Film Festival. "Like any filmmaker, I think my hope is to keep making films. I want to stick around for a while; I feel like I have a lot to say."