Kaeperick & America
Hop Film Event

Kaepernick & America

with director Tommy Walker
October 02, 2022

This event occurred as part of the 22/23 Hop Film Event season. This is an archived view.

This transfixing documentary traces the ripple effects of the star quarterback's quiet act of protest. Director Tommy Walker in person!

22/23 Hop Film Event

Kaepernick & America | Official Trailer


It was the summer of 2016, an election year with unrest rumbling through America. There were countless triggers—the murder videos of Philando Castille and Alton Sterling, the counterpunch of Alt-Right and Fake News, Black Lives Matter, Russian meddling—a discordant national cauldron ready to boil over. It was the birth of Trumpism, but nobody knew it yet.

Then, Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the national anthem and struck a pivotal nerve with the American populace, who divided between celebrating and vilifying him. Directors Tommy Walker (producer, Toni Morrison: Pieces I Am) and Ross Hockrow examine the upbringing of the enigmatic athlete-turned-icon, how the fateful protest came to be and how his quiet act became one of the most recognized political statements of our time. D: Tommy Walker, Ross Hockrow, US, 2022, 1h22m

Tommy Walker is a veteran producer and director of documentary films and commercials. He produced The List Series films—a series of nine documentaries that illustrates the diverse experiences of being black, Latino, LGBTQ+, woman—in America through portrait-style interviews with trailblazing individuals across society. In 2019, he produced the acclaimed Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am, a moving portrait of the Nobel laureate novelist and how she gave voice to the black experience in America through her writing. His other works include co-directing God Grew Tired of Us which won Best Documentary, as well as the Audience Award, at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival; producing the acclaimed primetime Emmy nominated feature-length documentary With All Deliberate Speed; and working on the PBS documentary Tutu and Franklin: A Journey towards Peace.

He graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelors of Arts in History and lives in New York City. Learn more >

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