V FESTIVAL OF FILM AND URBANISM «86»

MAY 9 - MAY 13 / 2018, SLAVUTYCH

THE PRISON IN TWELVE LANDSCAPES

Canada, US, 2016, 87’

Director: Brett Story

Production: Oh Ratface Films with support from Cinereach, Vital Projects Fund, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council, and the National Film Board of Canada

 

SELECTIONS AND AWARDS

 

True/False Film Fest (2016)

Hot Docs, Special Jury Prize for Canadian Feature (2016)

DOXA, Colin Low Award for Best Documentary Film, EDA Prize for Best Female Directed Film (2016)

Camden IFF,  Special Jury Mention (2016)

 

SYNOPSIS

 

A meditation on the prison’s disappearance in the era of mass incarceration, “The Prison in Twelve Landscapes” unfolds as a journey through a series of ordinary places across the USA where prisons do work and affect lives: from a California mountainside where female prisoners fight the region’s raging wildfires, to a congregation of chess players in Manhattan who did their time becoming masters of the game, to an Appalachian coal town betting its future on the promise of prison jobs.

 

BIOGRAPHY OF DIRECTOR

 

Brett Story is a writer and independent non-fiction filmmaker based out of Toronto and New York. Her first feature-length film, “Land of Destiny”, 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. 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). Brett holds a PhD in Geography and is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics at the City University of New York Graduate Center.

 

FILMOGRAPHY (SELECTED)

 

2016 — The Prison in Twelve Landscapes

2010 — Land of Destiny