CITIZEN PENN Documentary


Dean of the AFI Conservatory Susan Ruskin leads a conversation between filmmaker Don Hardy and subjects Sean Penn and Ann Lee.

“Humanitarian” is not necessarily the word that comes to mind in relation to the iconoclastic actor/director Sean Penn. Don Hardy’s eye-opening documentary CITIZEN PENN, however, shows that Penn, through his nonprofit Community Organized Relief Effort (CORE), is making a significant impact in disaster relief efforts throughout the world. In the weeks following Haiti’s devastating 2010 earthquake, Penn organizes a relief flight to Haiti. What follows is a sustained effort that, year-by-year, earns the respect of other relief organizations, and more important, gains the trust of the Haitians themselves. CORE’s mantra — and the source material for the many dramatic scenes in the film — is to cut through needless red tape as much as possible to meet the most urgent needs on the ground, while at the same time addressing the root causes of disasters. –Ken Jacobson

Don Hardy is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and storyteller. Don recently completed the first season of PICK OF THE LITTER, a documentary series for Disney+ based on the documentary film of the same name that he produced and directed in 2018. Hardy’s previous film, THEORY OF OBSCURITY, about the legendary music and art collective known as The Residents, premiered at SXSW in 2015.

Don Hardy, Jr.
KTF Films


Country: USA

Year: 2020

Director: Don Hardy

Screenwriter: Don Hardy

Producers: Don Hardy, Shawn Dailey

Executive Producers: Josh Braun, Dan Braun, Ellen Fair, Kim Forbes Tramel

Director of Photography: Don Hardy

Editor: Don Hardy

Music: Linda Perry

Cast/Featuring: Sean Penn, Anderson Cooper, Ann Lee

Running Time (minutes): 94

Language: English