Rock the Lockup: 2008 Prison Reform Film Festival

Tales from the big house get on the big screen

The big house is moving to the big screen. Rock The Lockup: 2008 Prison Reform Film Festival features flicks about life behind bars. The fest kicks off today with the story of its curator. Citizen Provocateur: Ray Hill’s Texas Prison Show chronicles the life of the former inmate. An advocate for both gay and prisoner rights, Hill’s The Prison Showon local radio station KPFT has been a forum for prisoner rights for almost 28 years. Through public call-ins aired during the show’s second half, listeners are able to communicate with their loved ones behind bars.

After that is Fighting the Odds: The Marilyn Gambrell Story, a based-on-a-real-events drama about the kids of the incarcerated and one woman’s quest to keep them out of the family business (i.e., crime). The three-day festival is rounded out with other titles, including The Exonerated (a Court TV Original Movie starring Danny Glover and Susan Sarandon), Gang Rejection, Writ Writer: One Man’s Journey for Justice and Prison BodyFreedom Soul: The Robert Coney Saga.

Citizen Provocateur screens at 5 p.m., and Fighting the Oddsat 7:30 p.m. today. Rice University Media Center, 6100 Main. The festival runs through Sunday. For information and a complete schedule, visit $6 to 9.
Fri., Aug. 15, 5 p.m., 2008

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