Rattle Them Bars

Nena Hedrick
USA 2015 | 27 Min. | OmU

Cen­tered on a year of the pro­duc­tion of a rev­o­lu­tion­ary East Texas prison radio show run by ex-con­victs, Rattle Them Bars is an exper­i­men­tal doc­u­men­tary film cre­at­ing a multi-vocal counter-con­ver­sa­tion about the prison system and the prison expe­ri­ence. For over 40 years, the radio show has con­nect­ed pris­on­ers to people on the out­side through voices, pro­vid­ing bits of lives, sto­ries, con­nec­tions and rela­tion­ships. The film is an audio­vi­su­al mon­tage of field footage, voices of fam­i­lies speak­ing to pris­on­ers, and let­ters from pris­on­ers in soli­tary confinement.