Inside/Outside: A film project with current and former inmates from the Albuquerque Jail

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Inside/Outside: A film project with current and former inmates from the Albuquerque Jail

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INSIDE/OUTSIDE
Part of the Comienzos Community Transition Program
with Littleglobe's "Turn the Lens" Filmmaking Program

Inside/Outside is being created in collaboration with current and recently released inmates of the Bernalillo County Metropolitan…


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INSIDE/OUTSIDE
Part of the Comienzos Community Transition Program
with Littleglobe's "Turn the Lens" Filmmaking Program

Inside/Outside is being created in collaboration with current and recently released inmates of the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC, Albuquerque, NM) – members of our community rarely given such a voice. The film’s intent is to tell the stories of triumph and struggle as men make their way back society post release. This film works in collaborative filmmaking sessions with people struggling with addiction and impulse control, working with non-violent communication, and the fundamental need for community and structural support for those looking to reform and reclaim their lives after leaving incarceration.

At the core of this program is the empowerment of participants as storytellers and mentors for one another, helping one another, members of the justice system and the larger public to understand the experiences and challenges of transition. The resulting media from this program is being used to explore the underpinnings of New Mexico’s high recidivism rates. The filmmaking training focuses on the principle that to tell one's own story before your community is a great act of courage and ultimately one of the most potent acts of responsibility, leadership and transformation for both the storyteller and the community of listeners.

Inside/Outside has been created in programmatic collaboration with Littleglobe's "Turn the Lens" Community Filmmaking Program (littleglobe.org/portfolio/turn-the-lens/) with Comienzos (comienzos.org), an Albuquerque-based organization mentoring inmates in nonviolent communication, addiction recovery strategies and life skills. Comienzos works inside and outside of the Metropolitan Detention Center. The Comienzos program changes the lives of participants through the development of a community that is based on the support for one another’s mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health.

Funding for the first phase of this project has been provided by OptumHealth, New Mexico (optumhealthnewmexico.com), via the pilot Comienzos Community Transition Program (2013), a reentry program of Comienzos, helping participants to prepare for transition, and access services and community support upon release.

Littleglobe “Turn the Lens” Team members
Erin Hudson, director, editor, camera
Michael Lopez, cinematography/camera, graphic and web design
Chris Jonas, producer, program director, camera, extra editing
Dylan McLaughlin, camera

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