PRISON REFORM INITIATIVE

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Collapsing the House: The Art of Prison Reform
SXSW March 20th, 2020 

The Prison Reform Initiative (PRI) aligns the far reach of today’s artists with the urgency and scale of America’s mass incarceration epidemic. The panel will    discuss the fundamental inequity of cash bail, racial disparities, and lack of      reentry services, as well as strategize ways that artists                                              and others can better “disturb the peace.”

“All artists, if they are to survive, are forced, at last, to tell the whole story; to vomit the anguish up. Artists are here to disturb the peace.”                                   
                             - James Baldwin, The Harlem Ghetto
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Madison O’Leary (Founder and Director of PRI) is a Boston-based producer. She received her BA in Communications from UMass Amherst. After working around the country as a Trauma and Abuse Counselor in federal prisons, she came to work as an Assistant Producer and Researcher on FAMILY AFFAIR (Sundance, 2010). Maddy also produced BLACK MEMORABILIA (MoMA 2018) and currently heads-up operations at C-LineFilms, LLC, where the feature doc, THE CALL, is in production.

MAR 20, 2020 | 5:00PM – 6:00PM

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