The Prison in Twelve Landscapes

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 7:00pm
DCTV, 87 Lafayette St, NYC

Doors 6:30. No admittance after 7:30.

Part of DCTV Presents series' Confines That Bind strand

Brett Story | 87 min, Canada/USA, 2016

    "The strongest of [True/False's] three world premieres"

More people are imprisoned in the United States at this moment than in any other time or place in history, yet the prison itself has never felt further away or more out of sight. The Prison in Twelve Landscapes is a film about the prison in which we never see a penitentiary. Instead, the film unfolds as a cinematic journey through a series of seemingly ordinary landscapes across the USA where prisons do work and affect lives, from a California mountainside where female prisoners fight raging wildfires, to a Bronx warehouse full of goods destined for the state correctional system, to an Appalachian coal town betting its future on the promise of prison jobs. A meditation on the prison and its invisibility in the era of mass incarceration, The Prison in Twelve Landscapes offers a tender and powerful cinematic subversion of the prison’s disappearance from public view.

Post-Screening Q&A

Brett Story (Producer/Director) is a writer and independent non-fiction filmmaker based out of Toronto and New York. Her first feature-length film, the award-winning Land of Destiny (2010), screened internationally and was broadcast on both Canadian and American television. Her journalism and film criticism have appeared in such outlets as CBC Radio, the Nation Magazine, and the Toronto Review of Books. Since 2012, Brett has been part of the critically acclaimed Highrise web-doc project team, produced by the National Film Board of Canada. She was the recipient of the Documentary Organization of Canada Institute’s 2014 New Visions Award, is an alumna of the Berlinale Talents Doc Station (2014) and was a nominee for the 2015 Ontario Premier’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts. Brett holds a PhD in geography from the University of Toronto and is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the Center for Place, Culture and Politics at the City University of New York Graduate Center.


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This event is part of our DCTV Presents signature screening and event series' special strand Confines That Bind, focused on incarceration and criminal justice reform, made possible by support from the Manhattan Community Award Program through the Manhattan Borough President, Gale A. Brewer’s, office.