GMU Visiting Filmmakers Series: In Lorton's Darkroom with Karen Ruckman

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Johnson Center, Cinema

In Lorton's Darkroom

Wednesday, April 4, 7:30pm

Johnson Center Cinema 

Short documentary screening and discussion with filmmaker and photographer Karen Ruckman, producer Emma Pearce, and photographers Calvin Gorham and Michael Moses El. 

The story of inmates in DC's infamous Lorton Correctional Facility who transform their prison experience while participating in a photography program.

The documentary includes powerful video of Lorton in the mid 1980s, a visit to the prison before it was closed in December 2001, and in-depth interviews over a twelve year period with two men who take us back to their lives before and after incarceration. They talk frankly about the horrors of prison life, and how learning to take photographs gave them the discipline and tool for self-discovery. 

See Facebook page here.  See Tumblr page here. 

See PhotoChange website here. 

See In Lorton's Darkroom trailer here. 

Our screening will be followed by a Q&A with filmmaker and photographer Karen Ruckman, producer Emma Pearce, and photographers Calvin Gorham and Michael Moses El. 

Our discussion will be facilitated by Sue Wrbican, Associate Professor and Director of Photography at George Mason University. 

Our event is sponsored by Film and Media StudiesFilm and Video Studies, Photography, Communication Delta Kappa Alpha, English, History and Art History, Off-Campus Student Services, Sociology and Anthropology, University Life, and Women and Gender Studies. 

Information: Cynthia Fuchs cfuchs@gmu.edu

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