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The U.S.A. imprisons more people, per capita, than any country in the world. Behind 2.4 million prisoners lies an infinite ripple effect of incarceration on the family and community.
A Sentence Apart follows three stories of people coping with a family member in prison, attempting to bridge broken relationships, and diligently working to reverse the generational cycle of incarceration. Tenea is a high school senior whose father has been in and out of jail for her entire life, while Linda Williams makes a 20-hour bus trip to visit her youngest daughter, who is serving a 68 year sentence. Cheyanne is 16 years old and can remember only one birthday that her dad attended.Soon after her father gets out of jail, Cheyanne confronts him about the emotional toll incarceration has taken on her.
These intimate and moving stories start to scratch the surface of the complex toll incarceration takes on the world outside of the prison walls.
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A Sentence Apart speaks volumes about the complexity of issues facing the families and children of the incarcerated. This small gem of a film is a must for criminal justice practitioners and students, teachers, social workers, incarcerated or formally incarcerated parents, or anyone interested in the impact of the criminal justice system on the families left behind. It is an invaluable tool.
--Ruth Morgan, Executive Director, Community Works West
Official selection--2010 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival
Official selection--2010 NextReel Film Festival, Singapore
Official selection--2009 Bend Film Festival
Official selection--2009 Sacramento Film and Music Festival
Official selection--2009 NextFrame Film Festival
Official selection--2009 Urbanworld Film Festival
Theo Rigby Theo Rigby is a freelance Documentary filmmaker and photographer based out of San Francisco. He creates social and political documentary projects with still and moving images. Theo has focused on topics ranging from the War in Iraq, to incarceration, and most recently, immigration in the U.S. His first film, My First War, about the first 44 days of the war in Iraq, won awards and was accepted in 12 film festivals. His short film Close to Home was a National Finalist in the 2009 Student Academy Awards, won a Golden Eagle Award, special Jury mention at the 2010 Ashland Independent film festival and has been accepted into more than ten film festivals. Theo has shot still photographs for Newsweek, The New York Times, National Geographic France, People magazine, and many other National and International publications. His still photographic work has been exhibited at San Francisco City Hall, and at the 2005 Visa Pour L’Image festival in Perpignan, France. Theo also has a passion for education and has taught undergraduate documentary photography, as well as starting and directing an after-school digital storytelling program for immigrant youth in San Francisco. He recently graduated with a M.F.A. in Documentary Film from Stanford University.
Art is one of the oldest activities on Earth, even predating science or math. But too often we forget it is a basic part of a balanced, healthy life. And women and art rarely get serious attention in our culture. Older women in art are virtually ignored. TRIPTYCH showcases 3 women who are vital and productive well into their seventies.
Mind/Game: The Unquiet Journey of Chamique Holdsclaw
From the rough-edged courts of Astoria, Queens and recruited by Coach Pat Summitt for the University of Tennessee's Lady Vols, Chamique Holdsclaw was hailed as the "female Michael Jordan," impressing crowds with her artistry, athleticism and drive. A 3-time NCAA champ and No.1 draft pick in the WNBA, Holdsclaw seemed destined for a spectacular professional career-until her long-suppressed battle with mental illness threatened to derail her life. Mind/Game intimately chronicles Holdsclaw's athletic accomplishments and personal setbacks, and her decision-despite public stigma- to become an outspoken mental health advocate. Still, she would face dramatic, unexpected challenges to her own recovery. The film, narrated by Glenn Close, tells a powerful story of courage, struggle, and redemption.
Nine to Ninety
89 YEAR-OLD Phyllis challenges the taboo of talking about death as she and her family make a surprising decision about end-of-life care. This beautiful, intimate short documentary provokes critical questions about how to grow old with dignity in America.
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