Stanford Department of Art & Art History and Camera as Witness present Huntsville Station, a film by Jamie Meltzer and Chris Filippone.
Every weekday, dozens of inmates are released on parole from Huntsville State Penitentiary, the largest prison release center in Texas. With a bus ticket voucher and $100 release check, most of them take in their first moments out with phone calls, cigarettes, and quiet reflection at the Greyhound station up the block. In this pivotal moment, between incarceration and freedom, a myriad of complicated emotions arise before the bus arrives to take them home.
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Jamie Meltzer is a documentary filmmaker and the program director of the MFA program in documentary film at Stanford University. His most recent documentary feature, True Conviction (Independent Lens, 2018), a co-production of ITVS and the recipient of a Sundance Institute grant and a MacArthur grant, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, where it won a Special Jury Mention. Informant (2012), about a revolutionary activist turned FBI informant, was released in theaters in the US and Canada in fall 2013 by Music Box Films and KinoSmith. Previous films include: Off the Charts: The Song-Poem Story (Independent Lens, 2003), about the shadowy world of song-poems; Welcome to Nollywood (PBS Broadcast, 2007), an investigation into the wildly successful Nigerian movie industry; and La Caminata (2009), a short film about a small town in Mexico that runs a simulated border crossing as a tourist attraction.
Chris Filippone is a documentary filmmaker whose work has screened at the Berlinale, Visions du Réel, SXSW, CPH:DOX, Sheffield Doc/Fest, and Ann Arbor Film Festival. His film Scrap won the Spirit Award for Short Documentary at the Brooklyn Film Festival in 2017 and A View From the Window was nominated for a 2018 Best of the Year Award on Vimeo. He has received support from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, MiND TV, and the Bread and Roses Fund, as well as fellowships from the Telluride Student Symposium and UFVA. He is a graduate of Stanford University’s MFA program in documentary film.
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