"Herman's House" screening w/ filmmaker Angad Bhalla

Date(s) - Tuesday 04/16/2013 - 04/17/2013
11:00 pm - 2:00 am


Herman's House logoJoin us for a screening of Herman’s House, an acclaimed documentary that explores the injustice of solitary confinement and the transformative power of art. There will be a full scale model of a solitary confinement cell on display.

The film tells the story of Herman Joshua Wallace, who has spent the past 40 years in solitary confinement at Louisiana’s notorious Angola Prison Farm. At the urging of artist Jackie Sumell, Wallace, working by letter and occasionally phone, designs his own post-prison house. The film follows their unique creative partnership, as Sumell builds an exhibit based on Herman’s story, complete with plans for the house and a full-scale model of the cell. The story takes a turn when Sumell sets out to build a bricks-and-mortar structure for Herman and authorities decide to review his case.

Herman's House notesA panel discussion on the film and the arbitrary, inhumane and unsafe use of solitary confinement in New York State will follow the screening.

The panelists will be:

  • Scott Paltrowitz, Associate Director, Prison Visiting Project, Correctional Association of New York
  • Maria Pagano, Managing Attorney, Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York – Buffalo office
  • Bob White, Interim Executive Director, New York State Council of Churches
  • Angad Bhalla, Director of Herman’s House
  • Five Mualammik, Civil Rights Advocate/Organizer, Campaign to End the New Jim Crow and the Jails Action Coalition

NYCLU Legislative Counsel Nathan Vogel will moderate.

Herman's House modelThe event, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 7 p.m. The Sanctuary for Independent Media is located at 3361 6th Ave. in North Troy. Seating is limited, so please RSVP at [email protected]

The event is sponsored by the NYCLU, New York Council of Churches, National Religious Campaign Against Torture and Prisoners Legal Services.