“Control”: A Youth Justice Documentary Screening and Panel Discussion

YOU are invited to participate in:

CONTROL – a documentary movie and panel discussion

YOUR VOICE is needed in the discussion about incarceration, policing and safe communities.

Control is a movie about a young person and his family as they face the criminal justice institution. Mouse’s testimony and story is powerful because it is familiar, and that is a tragedy. This is the new normal: cycles of incarceration reverberating through families and communities.

WHEN: May 31

WHERE: Maysles Cinema

343 Malcolm X Blvd, Harlem

TIME: 3:30 pm

FREE! but you must RSVP tickets here: http://bit.ly/tpff2014tickets

QUESTIONS? ask: studio@murallamediaworks.com

New York, NY – The 3rd Annual People’s Film Festival (TPFF) presented by The People’s Media, Music, and Arts Foundation in conjunction with The Four Builders Foundation will feature a special screening of the documentary film “CONTROL” by directors Chris Bravo & Lindsey Schneider. This will be followed by a special youth panel entitled “Take Control” May 31, 2014 in Harlem, New York, at The Maysles Cinema (at 343 Lenox Avenue, Harlem, NY).

Control, a feature documentary by Muralla Media Works:

The story of Mouse’s arrest would never make the papers, or cause any kind of scandal. But listening to him talk about being arrested, it’s obvious that this remains a forceful, traumatic experience for him. Our film follows Mouse through the years after his arrest, as he navigates the courts. We meet him. We meet his brothers, his parents, his friends.

This is a documentary portrait of incarceration from outside of the prison walls. But those walls loom large: the criminal justice system has been apresence in Mouse’s life since the time he was born, and constantly monitors, follows, and interferes with him. From growing up in foster care, watching his parents struggle to reenter the community after their own incarcerations and drug addictions and enduring his own felony trial, the penal system is likea constant buzz, a low hum, the static that is always there.

Mouse’s testimony and story is powerful because it is familiar, and that is a tragedy. This is the new normal: cycles of incarceration reverberating through families and communities.

Control asks the question: can we admit to ourselves that we can mobilize to change this status quo? This documentary was conceived, shot and edited to be a force for launching a dialogue among the teenagers, families, and communities affected by the long reach of the justice system. We are partnering with grassroots groups, activist communities and nonprofit organizations around the country to get this film into community centers, classrooms, and screening spaces. This film, when screened inside communities impacted most directly by incarceration can be a launching point for thousands of stories to be shared.

Incarceration is a reality that is present everyday in our communities and has a tremendous impact on our day-to-day lives. “Control” documents that impact by following a 16-year-old boy through a felony arrest and court case, tracing how this trial affects his sense of identity as he comes of age. Thedocumentary uses that ordeal as a launching point to investigate the critical intersections of carceral institutions in many facets of life: from homes to schools to streets.

Project website: http://www.controldocumentary.com/

Muralla Media Works is a documentary production project that focuses on issues around incarceration and policing.

Muralla website: http://murallamediaworks.com/

ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS

Chris Bravo is a documentary and experimental filmmaker whose work focuses on communities and issues that are underrepresented in themedia, telling stories about how individuals confront state power.

Lindsey Schneider is a producer and archival producer who has worked on many independent features, museum installations, and award-winning television shows.

Panel: This film will be followed by: “TAKE CONTROL” a Q & A segment with the filmmakers and panel comprised of criminal justice advocates who will address Issues of “knowing your rights”.

Panelist include: Filmmakers Chris Bravo and Lindsey Schneider, Carlton Berkeley Retired NYPD Det/Discovery for Justice. Other attendees in audience include Tyrone Larkins former Attica Inmate, Chocolate & Tiny Former members of The Black Spades, Deidre Baker, author, and students from various different youth groups and after school programs.

Doors open at 3:30pm. Film starts at 4pm sharp. This event is FREE and open to the Public – with a suggested donation of $5. Seats are limited. YOU MUST RSVP IN ADVANCE FOR SEATING HERE:

http://bit.ly/tpff2014tickets

CONTACT: Chris: studio@murallamediaworks.com

Mike: mike@thepeoplesfilmfestival.com

For more information, festival line up, tickets, schedule and events about The People’s Film Festival, please visit: http://thepeoplesfilmfestival.com