The Boys in Red Hats

The Boys in Red Hats

A FILM BY: Jonathan Schroder
WRITTEN BY: Jonathan Schroder, Justin Jones

January 18, 2019. Surrounded by cheering classmates on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, 17-year-old Nick Sandmann instantly and unwittingly became a global headline as he appeared to confront Nathan Phillips, a Native American elder, at that year’s heated March for Life rally. Overnight, clips of the interaction went viral, Sandmann and his classmates hit with a tidal wave of worldwide outrage and the entire Cov Cath community suddenly at the center of uncomfortable conversation. A graduate of that elite institution, filmmaker Jonathan Schroder watched it all unfold with keen interest. Seeking to better understand the scene on the steps, the people involved in it and its larger ramifications for the community, the media and our democracy as a whole, The Boys in the Red Hats deftly explores the media’s obsession with immediacy over accuracy, the danger in prioritizing intent over impact and what it’s going to take if we ever hope to bridge the deep divides in our communities—and our country.

Technical Information

Production Year: 2021
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 87 mins
Format: Digital