DocNight: Girls on the Wall
USA, 2009, 62 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: Coming of Age, Documentary, Family Issues, Social Issues, Womens Issues
Director Heather Ross In-Person!
Digital presentation - The teenage girls of Warrenville Prison are not your average delinquents. Having "graduated" from juvie to prison, these are the kids most likely to remain in the
correctional system their whole lives. They are also some of the sharpest and most irrepressible young women you'll meet. When the girls of this heartland Illinois prison are given a most unlikely shot at redemption— the chance to tell their own stories in a musical based on their lives— they're challenged to re-live the events that led up to their crimes, reclaim their humanity, and find their own exuberant voices in a first step toward breaking free from the prison system.
When the girls hit the stage in front of their families, prison staff and utter strangers, hitting the notes isn't important: it’s their chance to seize their stories and tell them to the world. For some, the musical will be a first step in a back-and-forth struggle to stay out of the system. For Whitney, it may be a lifesaver.
Given unprecedented access to this juvenile correctional facility by the State of Illinois, the powerful characters of Girls On The Wall will surprise you with their candor, intimacy, and unexpected sense of humor. Together, they illustrate the power of story to illuminate the darkest secrets, and to understand the most tangled lives.
About Director Heather Ross
Heather Ross spent much of her childhood tagging along to film classes with her
graduate student mother. After obtaining bachelor's degrees in Film/Video and
Psychology at UC Santa Cruz, she produced segments on all 7 continents as
associate producer of the feature documentary, Naked World (HBO). On Mean Girls,
(Discovery Health), she worked with a diverse group of girls, from cheerleaders to
cholas, whose stories illustrate a hidden culture of girls’ aggression. She has gone
on to direct and produce programs for Discovery Channel, A & E, MTV, FX and Fox
including the acclaimed series Intervention. Girls on the Wall is her first feature.
DIRECTOR: Heather Ross
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