The Prison in Twelve Landscapes with Director Brett Story

April 18, 2018 - 6:00pm

Melwood Screening Room, 477 Melwood Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Please join us for a special screeing of The Prison in Twelve Landscapes with Director Brett Story.

The Prison in Twelve Landscapes is a non-fiction film about the prison from the places we least expect to find it: the front yards, public spaces, and social rituals of everyday life.  A meditation on the prison and its geographic disappearance in the era of mass incarceration, the film unfolds as a cinematic journey through a series of landscapes across the United States where prisons do work and affect lives: an anti-sex offender pocket park in Los Angeles, a congregation of ex-incarcerated chess players shut out of the formal labor market, the overnight buses that carry visitors to far away prisons, an Appalachian coal town betting its future on the promise of prison jobs, and a host of other unexpected spaces.  Watch the trailer here.

Brett Story is a geographer and non-fiction filmmaker. Her films have screened at numerous festivals, including True/False, Oberhausen, Hot Docs, the Viennale, and Dok Leipzig. Her second feature-length film, The Prison in Twelve Landscapes(2016), was awarded the Special Jury Prize for Canadian Feature Documentary at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival and was broadcast on PBS’s Independent Lens in 2017. Dr. Story holds a PhD in geography from the University of Toronto and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Film and Digital Media at Ryerson University. Her journalism and film criticism have appeared in outlets such as CBC RadioThe Nation Magazine, and Antipode. She is currently completing a manuscript to be published by the University of California Press, The Prison Out of Place. She was the recipient of the 2016 Governor General’s Gold Medal from the University of Toronto for academic excellence and is a 2016-2017 Sundance Institute Art of Nonfiction Fellow.

Sponsored by the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program; the Humanities Center; the Department of English; the Pitt Prison Education Program; the Film and Media Studies Program; and the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences