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The Prison in Twelve Landscapes

Jail-time merges with daily life in new documentary

1/4/2017, 12:23 p.m.
The Northwest Film Center at the Portland Art Museum, downtown, presents “The Prison in Twelve Landscapes, with 7 p.m. screenings ...
A scene from the new non-fiction film ‘The Prison in Twelve Landscapes, screening for the Northwest Film Center at the Portland Art Museum, on Friday, Jan. 6 through Sunday, Jan. 8.

The entrenched nature of the prison in American society is the backdrop for a new non-fiction film about prison from the places we least expect to find it: The front yards, public spaces and social rituals of everyday life.

The Northwest Film Center at the Portland Art Museum, downtown, presents “The Prison in Twelve Landscapes, with 7 p.m. screenings on Friday, Jan.6 through Sunday, Jan. 8.

Filmmaker Brett Story uses a series of vignettes to portrait a culture where jail-time is part of daily life, showcasing communities desperate for prison jobs, people paying huge fines for minor offenses, and the massive changes to communities across the country.

A timely and subtly damning documentary, the film builds a vital, at times tender, and at times infuriating argument about the entrenched nature of the prison in American society.

The Northwest Film Center is a regional media arts organization offering a variety of exhibition, education programs, and artist services. For more information, visit www.nwfilm.org.