Director Stack, the Academy-Award® nominated filmmaker whose film THE FARM: LIFE INSIDE ANGOLA PRISON, garnered many awards including the Sundance Grand Jury Prize, will attend the screening along with Eugene "Bishop" Tanniehill, a key subject of the film who spent more than 50 years in prison until he was pardoned by Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco in 1977. He is now living in New York City. Stack and Tanniehill will be on hand for a post-screening Q&A session with the audience. Click here for ticket info
“The Farm: 10 Down” is a perfect fit for Woodstock Film Festival’s Exposure programming, which emphasizes social, political and environmental concerns,” stated Woodstock Film Festival co-founder and executive director Meira Blaustein. “And it’s been a real honor working with Jonathan Stack, a veteran and accomplished filmmaker who has made it his mission to further the life quality of prisoners and their families,”
Filmmaker Jonathan Stack said: “For Bishop, from having spent 52 years behind bars to a 92Y Tribeca/Woodstock Film Festival event is about as long a journey as one can imagine”.
In 1998, filmmakers Jonathan Stack and Liz Garbus, working with the prisoner-turned-author Wilbert Rideau, spent a year shooting inside Angola Prison, Louisiana's maximum-security penitentiary, capturing the reality of six men living—and dying—in America's largest and oldest penal institution. By revealing a powerful and universal truth—to err is human and to forgive, Divine—THE FARM spoke to an enormous and receptive audience and garnered many of cinema's top awards, including the Sundance Grand Jury Prize, an Academy Award® nomination, and 2 Emmys. When it was broadcast on A&E, the film attracted the largest audience for a documentary in the network's history.
This new documentary by Mr. Stack picks up a decade later. We go back inside Angola to reconnect with the the four surviving men and witness first hand time's impact on their spirits, their bodies, their sense of hope and their sense of purpose. Have the family members who visited them ten years ago disappeared from their lives? Does their language change as the men become increasingly hardened by time? Do their memories of life outside Angola fade with their hopes of freedom?
What sustains human hope in the face of seeming hopelessness? Time moves slowly in Angola, but hope survives.
Filmmaker Jonathan Stack is a multiple Emmy Award-winning and two-time Academy Award® nominated documentary filmmaker. He has written, produced and directed over 25 films and 50 television programs. As a social activist, Stack founded, in partnership with Louisiana State Penitentiary and the Louisiana Department of Corrections, Highest Common Denominator Media Group which is embarking on creating the first prison-based television station in the nation to give inmates the chance to tell their stories. THE FARM: 10 DOWN was produced by Highest Common Denominator Media Group Highest Common Denominator Media Group is also launching GABRIEL CITY, an online community and storytelling initiative for the millions affected by the United States' criminal justice system.
Other WFF Summer Screenings include ADAM (7/11/09) and TAKING WOODSTOCK (8/8/09).
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