Apr 18


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Sponsored by the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program with the Humanities Center, the Department of English, the Film and Media Studies Program, the Pitt Prison Education Program, the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh, and Pittsburgh Filmmakers.

A film about the prison and its life in the American landscape.

More people are imprisoned in the United States at this moment than in any other time or place in history, yet the prison itself has never felt further away or more out of sight. The Prison in Twelve Landscapes is a film about the prison in which we never see a penitentiary. Instead, the film unfolds as a cinematic journey through a series of landscapes across the USA where prisons do work and affect lives, from a California mountainside where female prisoners fight raging wildfires, to a Bronx warehouse full of goods destined for the state correctional system, to an Appalachian coal town betting its future on the promise of prison jobs.  

About the Speaker: Brett Story is a geographer and non-fiction filmmaker. Her films have screened at numerous festivals, including True/False, Oberhausen, Hot Docs, the Viennale, and Dok Leipzig. Her second feature-length film, The Prison in Twelve Landscapes (2016), was awarded the Special Jury Prize for Canadian Feature Documentary at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival and was broadcast on PBS’s Independent Lens in 2017. Dr. Story holds a PhD in geography from the University of Toronto and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Film and Digital Media at Ryerson University. Her journalism and film criticism have appeared in outlets such as CBC Radio, The Nation Magazine, and Antipode. She is currently completing a manuscript to be published by the University of California Press, The Prison Out of Place. She was the recipient of the 2016 Governor General’s Gold Medal from the University of Toronto for academic excellence and is a 2016-2017 Sundance Institute Art of Nonfiction Fellow.

For questions or more information, contact: Natalie Kouri-Towe |