Rock and a Hard Place

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 7:00pm
DCTV, 87 Lafayette St, NYC

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

Jon Alpert and Matthew O’Neill | 81 min, USA, 2017

On the evening of its HBO Broadcast Premiere, DCTV will screen Rock and a Hard Place with the filmmakers.

Incarcerated young people enter the famed Miami-Dade County Corrections & Rehabilitation Boot Camp Program in search of a second chance: the opportunity to trade an extensive prison sentence for a fresh start. In this harsh, 16-week camp, drill instructors push inmates to their limit, but those who complete it can become constructive members of society who are substantially less likely to return to prison. The program reports a recidivism rate under 15%, while the national rate of prison recidivism is approximately 70%.

Inspired by Dwayne Johnson’s own experiences with the law as a youth, Rock and a Hard Place is a passion project for Johnson, who calls it one of the most important films he’s been associated with. The documentary follows the inmates through each phase of the camp, beginning with the brutal first weeks, which are marked by constant verbal confrontation, physical training and strict military-style discipline. As the weeks go by, cadets attend anger-management classes, learn vocational skills and are surprised by “protocol tests” that measure their progress and patience.

Rock and a Hard Place will premiere Monday, March 27th at 10PM ET on HBO. (Check local listings.)

Post-Screening Q&A

Following the screening, we will be joined by Executive Producer Rasha Drachkovitch, the Emmy-nominated executive producer behind the longest-running prison series, Lockup, and Oscar nominees and multiple Emmy winners, DCTV's own Directors/Producers Matthew O’Neill and Jon Alpert. Moderated by Jeremy Robins, filmmaker and founder of Echoes of Incarceration.


Eventbrite - DCTV Presents Rock and a Hard Place

Space is limited. Admission not guaranteed, all RSVP's are first-come, first-served. Doors open at 6:30pm. No admittance after 7:30pm.


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This event is a part of DCTV Presents, DCTV’s signature screening and event series that highlights innovative and provocative work from the independent filmmaking community.

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