Ruston Independent Film Series Peeks Into Jail Recording Studio
The North Central Louisiana Arts Council presents the 5th film in their Independent Film Series, 16 Bars on February 24th at 7pm online.
16 Bars is a music documentary that offers a rare glimpse at the human stories — and songs — that are locked away in our nation’s jails and prisons. Set in Richmond Virginia, the former seat of the confederacy, where the legacy of systemic racism, a spiraling opioid crisis, generational poverty, and a lack of mental health services have entrapped many of its citizens in a cycle of incarceration, the film serves as rare testimony to the raw and messy truth behind the criminal justice system’s revolving door.
In the jail’s makeshift recording studio, 4 men collaborate on an album with a Grammy-winning recording artist, Todd “Speech” Thomas, from the iconic activist hip-hop group Arrested Development. As the creative process unfurls, each of these men must unearth painful memories from the past, which hold a key to a new chapter in their lives.
16 Bars will be shown online via Zoom. You can found out more by following the link: 16 Bars