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Sunday, October 7 • 10:00am - 12:00pm
How Communities Can Bring Justice to the Criminal Justice System: American Colter (23 min), Love, Dad (20 min), A Read On Inside Books (9 minutes), Close Ties (26 minutes)

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AMERICAN COLTER (23MIN, USA)
DIRECTOR: WESLEY CULVER, CHLOE FITZMAURICE, VANESSA DELGADO
WORLD PREMIERE

American Colter follows the compelling story of Colter White, a 41-year-old felon soon to graduate from Santa Clara University. After having spent 15 years in some of the highest security prisons in California, Colter was released and made a complete transformation. Colter's fruition is rare, especially for felons who spend nearly half of their life behind bars. American Colter focuses on this anomaly. The short documentary highlights the monetary, familial, and educational hurdles that felons must leap over as they reintegrate back into society through a unique story of how one man breaks the status quo.

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKxiD9GMVGE

 

LOVE, DAD (20MIN, USA, UNITED KINGDOM)
DIRECTOR: RONNIE REESE, KRISTOFOR HUSTED
WORLD PREMIERE

Love, Dad' is the story of career criminal James Gardner, who estimates that between 1970 and 1999, he committed over a thousand burglaries and stole close to $4 million in property. Gardner felt at the time that his life was one big adventure, but he soon found out that it was hardly an adventure to the family he left behind during his 30 years in prison. To them, it was nothing short of abandonment and embarrassment. This documentary short takes a trip through Gardner's past as he visits family and the mentor who helped turn his life around, and examines the impact of his absence on loved ones, and his attempts at reformation, reconciliation and making up for lost time.

Trailer: http://vimeo.com/37221102

 

A READ ON INSIDE BOOKS (9MIN, USA)
DIRECTOR: BARBARA KOONCE
CHICAGO PREMIERE

A short film about Inside Books Project, a nonprofit organization in Austin, Texas, that provides free books to people in Texas prisons. The film features volunteers of the organization who explain how the organization works and why its purpose is so important.It also raises the question of who has the most to gain by not allowing an offender the opportunity to educate himself.

 

CLOSE TIES: TYING ON A NEW TRADITION (26MIN, USA)
DIRECTOR: GEMAL WOODS
WORLD PREMIERE

Close Ties: Tying on a New Tradition provides an intimate look at a rites of passage ceremony that connects teenage boys with male role models. The ceremony at this New Orleans barbershop was created by Dr. Andre Perry and Wilbert 'Chill' Wilson as a way to strengthen communities struggling with crime, poverty and alarming high school drop out rates. Cultural traditions have been the cornerstone of African communities for centuries. Close Ties examines the impact of this new tradition and shows us how tying a necktie --- an act associated with men who embody professionalism and prestige -- can inspire high school boys to commit to a life of achievement and success.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1Rxp8gUC_c


Sunday October 7, 2012 10:00am - 12:00pm
Showplace Icon Theater 150 West Roosevelt Road. Chicago, IL.
  • Theater Theater 2