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Sheriff

Daniel Kraus's cinema verite study (2003) of Ronald E. Hewett, sheriff of Brunswick County, North Carolina, is like an extended episode of Cops as directed by Frederick Wiseman—and I mean that as a compliment on both counts. Earnest, dedicated, and God-fearing, Hewett deals with a variety of crises and civic duties: busting an illegal video-gambling operation, rallying churchgoers against a proposed strip club, organizing a manhunt for a homicide suspect, and exhorting an assembly of high school students to be "pretty from the inside." The detail captured by Kraus's scrupulously neutral camera adds up to a fascinating, fully realized portrait of the man and the job.

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Director:

  • Daniel Kraus

Producers:

  • Daniel Kraus
  • Jason Davis

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