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newportFILM presents TWO FREE screenings of Ernie & Joe Crisis Cops shown in partnership with Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities & Hospitals and Newport County Prevention Coalition.

RSVP REQUIRED. Please RSVP for the 3pm or 6:30pm screening below.


Ernie & Joe: Crisis Cops is an intimate portrait of two Texas police officers who are helping change the way police respond to mental health calls. The film takes audiences on a personal journey, weaving together their experiences during their daily encounters with people in crisis. Guns tucked away, Ernie and Joe de-escalate confrontations, divert people to desperately needed mental health services, and save lives.

3:00 PM: Afternoon Film Screening + Panel Discussion with film subjects Ernie Stevens and Joe Smarro (via Skype), Captain Jared Minick (Newport Fire Department), moderated by Jamie Lehane, Executive Director of Newport Mental Health
6:30 PM: Evening Film Screening + Panel Discussion with director Jenifer McShane (via Skype) and Anthony Pesare (Retired Middletown Police Chief), moderated by Jamie Lehane, Executive Director of Newport Mental Health
Run time: 95 minutes
Director: Jenifer McShane
Producers: Jenifer McShane, Andrea Meditch
Ernie & Joe: Crisis Cops
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Impressively intimate...


One of the Best Films of SXSW 2019

The Hollywood Reporter

10 out of 10 stars

Film Shown In Partnership With

Year-Round Media Partners