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Ruston Independent Film Series Peeks Into Jail Recording Studio

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"16 Bars" is a portrait of four inmates in a Virginia jail.

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