With the appearance of her 2016 documentary The Prison in Twelve Landscapes, a coolly damning, vignette-based deconstruction and indictment of the US prison-industrial complex, Toronto-based documentarian Brett Story vaulted to international prominence as one of the foremost practitioners of contemporary nonfiction filmmaking. Here you can see Story’s breakthrough alongside her equally extraordinary follow-up, The Hottest August, which, in observing a month in the life of c. 2017 New York City, offers a telling portrait of collective anxiety as connected to climate change-related environmental catastrophe and rising political tensions.