Join us for a preview screening of Stateville Calling!
Screening starts at 2:30 with discussion between Eric Blackmon and Melissa Gallardo to follow.
Stateville Calling is a documentary exploring one man’s fight to offer elderly prisoners, facing life without parole, a chance to walk free. At the center of the film is Bill Ryan, an 82-year-old prisoner’s rights activist from rural Kentucky who has spent the last several decades befriending and advocating on behalf of a group of men and women incarcerated for life.
This preview screening is part of the exhibition The Long Term at Art on 51st. from Jan 19, 2019-March 2019.
Between 2016-2018, artists, writers and members of the Prison + Neighborhood Arts Project created a series of thematic works around long-term sentencing policies and the other long terms they produce: long-term struggles for freedom, long-term loss in communities, and long-term relationships behind the prison wall. These projects emerged out of classes and collaborative work at Stateville prison, where people are serving extraordinarily long prison terms (60, 70 and 80 years), often for crimes for which they would have already been released, had they been sentenced 30 years earlier, or in a different country. The works in this exhibition examines the impacts of life and long sentences and demands an end to death by incarceration.