Centre Film Festival at The Rowland
The Rowland Theatre - Saturday, November 5th
- 3:30pm - 3:41pm
- Blue Room
- Featured Documentary Short Film
- 3:42pm - 5:07pm
- A Woman On The Outside
- Featured Documentary Film (Director Lisa Riordan Seville and Kristal Bush in attendance)
A Woman On The Outside
KRISTAL BUSH and Director LISA RIORDAN SEVILLE (A Woman on the Outside) in attendance in conjunction with DIVINE LIPSCOMB and SHAHEEN PASHA of the Prison Journalism Project.
About The Film
Growing up, Kristal watched nearly every man in her life disappear to prison. She channeled that struggle into keeping families connected; both as a social worker and through her van service for families visiting loved ones in far-off prisons. When Kristal’s dad and brother return to Philly, her happiness is challenged by the realization that release doesn’t always mean freedom. Passionate, funny and resilient, Kristal remains determined to carve out a different future — for herself and for her young nephew, Nyvae. Part observational documentary, part family album, A Woman on the Outside is a tender portrait of one family striving to love in the face of a system built to break them.
About The Directors
Zara Katz (Director/Producer) is a filmmaker and photo producer for editorial, documentary, and branded content; specializing in crafting character-driven visual stories. Katz is currently Director of Photography at NBCNews.com, and has worked with outlets such as The New York Times Lens blog, Time magazine, Medium, The Guardian U.S., Pop-Up Magazine, and Lifetime/A+E Networks.
Lisa Riordan Seville (Director/Producer) is an award-winning reporter and independent filmmaker whose stories explore how money, power and policy shapes the lives of everyday people. Her investigative and enterprise work has appeared across NBC News platforms, on BuzzFeed News, The Guardian U.S., Lifetime/A+E Networks and WNYC Radio. Her work has been recognized with a Peabody, a Hillman Award and a Sigma Delta Chi from the Society of Professional Journalists, among others.
In 2014, Zara and Lisa created Everyday Incarceration, an Instagram feed featuring visual stories of 40 years of mass incarceration. Their work has been exhibited at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Photoville and FOTODOKS, and was featured on the New York Times’ Instagram feed. A Woman on the Outside is their first feature documentary.
About The Film
Incarcerated participants in a mental health experiment watch videos of sunset-soaked beaches, wildflowers, and forests on loop; prompting them to reflect on isolation and wilderness.
About The Directors
Merete Mueller is a writer and documentary filmmaker based in Brooklyn, New York. Her work explores our relationships with built and natural environments, and has included in-depth reporting on climate change and infrastructure, as well as intimate stories about body image, homes, and belonging. Merete’s short and feature-length films have screened at SXSW, Hot Docs, DOC NYC, and The Brooklyn Museum in addition to being available via Netflix, The New York Times’ Op-Docs series, and The New Yorker.
From Oct. 31 – Nov. 6, 2022, The Centre Film Festival will return for a weekend of the finest offerings in contemporary cinema at the State Theatre in State College and the Rowland Theatre in Philipsburg. In addition to internationally recognized films, we will highlight the work of Pennsylvania filmmakers and Penn State alumni.
Save the date and get an early bird discount on your All Access passes which includes all films, events, and discussions throughout the entire festival as well as special perks from local businesses. Early bird pricing will be available until October 7th!
Check centrefilm.org for more information.