On Their Honor

Rental Format(s): 16mm film

I discovered the Hocking Honor (prison) Camp one afternoon backpacking. The film is a cinema verite portrait of the camp with much time spent living with the men. I had to find out the hard way that prison is boring, mundane and the inmates are basically shy. In fact, it can be so boring that I was compelled to be more aggressive, directing and setting up events for the camera. I began to impose myself more and more upon the inmates, with the camera bearing down close letting them tell what got them there and what their future hopes were. A few years later, I was told that the men that were paroled at the end of the film never succeeded in staying out very long.

Awards: Special Mention, American Film Festival, NY, 1976; Special Mention, Athens Int'l Film Festival, 1975.

Exhibition: O-NET (PBS), 1975

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16mm film $120.00  

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