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Doc Talk Screening 2/13: Brett Story’s ‘The Prison in Twelve Landscapes’

Doc Talk Screening + Q&A, Feb 13, 1 PM

THE PRISON IN TWELVE LANDSCAPES (2016, 87 min)

Doc Talk Screening and Q & A with filmmaker BRETT STORY

Monday, February 13th, at 1 PM, Kellen Auditorium, Ground Floor, 66 Fifth Avenue

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In configuring what would become her formidable, award-winning feature documentary, The Prison in Twelve Landscapes, on the modern American prison system, Canadian filmmaker Brett Story applies ideas of place, space and landscape to spectacularly transformative effect. Perhaps not since Errol Morris’ The Thin Blue Line has formalist design been applied with such elegance and inventiveness to issues of criminal justice and the racialized pathology of U.S. mass incarceration.

As Story says in an interview with Guernica Magazine, her intent was to “upend the familiar prison narrative” and to avoid the standard tropes of prison buildings, caged interiors and scenarios of crime or injustice. Instead Story’s camera focuses in twelve lyrical vignettes on the ways in which incarceration and criminal punishment shape the American landscape, depicting in spatial terms – for example, a pre-dawn bus trip to Attica — the geography created by the political economy of imprisonment as it fills the void left by the vanished outsourced economies of deindustrialized rural and urban communities.

About Brett Story: Brett Story is a writer and independent non-fiction filmmaker based in Toronto and New York. Her first feature-length film, Land of Destiny (2010), was broadcast on both Canadian and American television, and since 2012 she has contributed to the National Film Board of Canada’s acclaimed web-doc project Highrise. Story 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.

Please join us for this screening and Q and A with filmmaker Brett Story on her illuminating journey into the human geography of a mostly hidden but expanding territory of contemporary incarceration.

Monday, February 13 at 1 pm — Kellen Auditorium, Ground Floor, 66 Fifth Avenue

Hosted by Deanna Kamiel

Presented by the Graduate Certificate in Documentary Media Studies

School of Media Studies

The New School

POSTER and GRAPHIC DESIGN by TOMA PEIU

DOC TALK LOGO designed by LAURA SALABERRY

 

 

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