The Neutral Ground

Comedian C.J. Hunt tries to answer the question: Why is it so hard to break up with the Confederacy? as he tracks the removal of monuments.

A protestor from the League of the South in front of the Robert E Lee monument in New Orleans
Premiere Date
July 5, 2021
90 minutes
Funding Initiative
Open Call
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    2022 News and Documentary Emmy Awards-Outstanding Historical Documentary
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    2022 duPont Awards-Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award
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    2021 International Documentary Association (IDA)-Best Musical Score
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    2021 Tribeca Film Festival-Special Jury Mention for the Albert Maysles Award for Best New Documentary Director
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    2020 Critics Choice Documentary Award-Best Narration
  • Director/Writer

    CJ Hunt

    Director CJ Hunt is a comedy writer and director living in NYC. He is currently a field producer on The Daily Show. He has been a field producer for BET's The Rundown with Robin Thede and a staff writer for A&E's Black and White, and a cast member on MTV2's Vidiots. A member of the 2018 Firelight Media Documentary Lab, CJ is directing a documentary about the Show more fight over confederate monuments in New Orleans. He spends his free time hosting The Moth, making faces in the mirror, and writing short films. A graduate from Brown University in Africana Studies, CJ is endlessly fascinated by race and comedy's ability to say what we can't. Show less

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    Darcy McKinnon

    Darcy McKinnon is a documentary filmmaker based in New Orleans. Recent work includes Algiers, America, Look at Me! XXXTENTACION, The Neutral Ground and Under G-d. She is in production on various films including, Commuted and Roleplay. Darcy has been supported by SFFILM, CAAM, Chicken and Egg, Firelight Media, ITVS, Black Public Media, Sundance Show more Institute and the Tribeca Film Institute. She is an alum of the Impact Partners Producing Fellowship and the Sundance Institute Creative Producing Fellowship. Show less

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    The Film

    Comedian and filmmaker C.J. Hunt documents the dispute over the removal of four confederate monuments in New Orleans. As residents take sides on whether to remove or defend the so-called Lost Cause monuments, city life is marred by death threats and lawsuits. Expanding his scope, C.J. embarks on a journey across the country to find out what it would take to convince America to end its long romance with the Confederacy.