A film about the prison in the places we least expect to find it.
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.
This is a film with a powerful rethink of the popular ideas about what prison actually means. Brett Story's documentary method lends itself well to doing this. Slightly experimental in style but without heavy narration, the combined story remains ethereal like an overarching landscape and yet still as personal as the voices living it.