ABACUS: SMALL ENOUGH TO JAIL Opens at IFC Center

The latest documentary from celebrated filmmaker Steve James (Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters, Life Itself), ABACUS: SMALL ENOUGH TO JAIL played to critical acclaim at the Toronto and New York film festivals and, following screenings at dozens of additional festivals, including Opening Night of the Full Frame Documentary Festival, it will open in New York on Friday, May 19 at the IFC Center, 323 Avenue of the Americas.

ABACUS: SMALL ENOUGH TO JAIL tells the incredible saga of the Chinese immigrant Sung family, owners of Abacus Federal Savings of Chinatown, New York. Accused of mortgage fraud by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., Abacus becomes the only U.S. bank to face criminal charges in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. The indictment and subsequent trial forces Thomas Sung and his formidable daughters to defend themselves—and their bank’s legacy in the Chinatown community—over the course of a five-year legal battle. Tracking the many twists and turns of the case, Oscar-nominated James creates a moving portrait of a family, a community, and a way of life.

IN PERSON EVENTS

  • Fri May 19: Q&A with dir. Steve James and the Sung family following the 6:20pm show, moderated by Heidi Ewing, plus intro at the 8:25pm show!

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  • Sat May 20: Q&As with dir. Steve James and the Sung family following the 6:20pm show, moderated by Morgan Spurlock! Q&A with James and Sung family following the 8:25pm show, moderated by Ursula Liang!

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  • Sun May 21: Q&A with the Sung family following the 4:15pm show, moderated by Ti-Hua Chang!

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SHOWTIMES

  • Fri, May 19 at:

    •  10:40 AM
    •  12:25 PM
    •  2:15 PM
    •  4:15 PM
    •  6:20 PM
    •  8:25 PM
    •  10:30 PM

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  • Sat, May 20 at:

    •  10:40 AM
    •  12:25 PM
    •  2:15 PM
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    •  6:20 PM
    •  8:25 PM
    •  10:30 PM

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  • Sun, May 21 at:

    •  10:40 AM
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    •  6:20 PM
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    •  10:30 PM

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  • Mon, May 22 at:

    •  10:40 AM
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    •  10:30 PM

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  • Tue, May 23 at:

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  • Wed, May 24 at:

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  • Thu, May 25 at:

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