CAAM-Funded “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail” Nominated for Peabody Award

CAAM Abacus
The film is about the family-owned Abacus Federal Savings Bank, the only U.S. bank to face criminal charges after the 2008 financial crisis.

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail has been nominated for a Peabody Award. Sixty nominees were selected out of 1,200 entrees.

The film received funding from CAAM with support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting through our Documentary Fund Open Call awards. Abacus screened at CAAMFest last March, where director Steve James (Hoop Dreams) was in attendance. Read our exclusive Q&A with Steve James here.

“Acclaimed filmmaker Steve James explores the evocative story of the Sung family-owned Abacus Federal Savings Bank, the only U.S. bank to face criminal charges in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis. James documents the family’s trial by judge and their own Chinatown community.” (CAAMFest)

The film is about the family-owned Abacus Federal Savings Bank, the only U.S. bank to face criminal charges after the 2008 financial crisis. The film premiered on PBS’ Frontline series this past fall and garnered a Critics’ Choice Award and was nominated for an Academy Award.

“Abacus: Small Enough to Jail” is a Mitten Media, Motto Pictures, and Kartemquin Films Production for WGBH/FRONTLINE and Independent Television Service (ITVS), with the Center for Asian American Media and in association with Blue Ice (PBS/WGBH)

The winning documentary will be announced on April 17, 2018. The awards celebration takes place May 19, 2018 and will be hosted by Hasan Minhaj.

See the full list of nominees here.

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