Abacus: Small Enough to Jail

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail

Director: Steve James
Running Time: 88 minutes


This film had its final screening at The Nightlight on July 20, 2017.

Quick: what was the only bank that was actually prosecuted in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis? The astonishing answer is Abacus Federal Savings, a community bank in New York's Chinatown. Steve James' (Hoop Dreams, Life Itself) new movie brings the under-told story to light.

Akron-raised producer of the film and longtime Steve James collaborator, Mark Mitten, will visit The Nightlight for two opening weekend screenings.

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail is a vivid chronicle of the legal battle mounted by Abacus' CEO, Thomas Sung, and his formidable daughters when the Manhattan DA’s office charged the bank with systemic fraud, larceny, and conspiracy. Abacus is a moving portrait of a family, a community, and a way of life. It is also a cautionary tale.

~~ Lincoln Center