[Still image from PEP documentary film. After Now. 2017]
The PEP Documentation Project is an initiative focused on understanding the experiences of formerly incarcerated students and their opportunities for continuing education and pursuing individual goals. Launched in the summer of 2016, this long-term project documents our students’ post-release experiences through two related efforts. 1. A post-release interview and written assessment and 2. A post-release documentary film.
Our goal in building this multimedia archive is to help develop pathways to continuing education, including our own educational programming, as well as to stimulate opportunities for conversation and community engagement.
1. INTERVIEW AND WRITTEN ASSESSMENT
All former PEP students are asked to participate in a voluntary survey assessment upon their release. Participants are asked to complete a written survey and participate in an audio-recorded interview with our re-entry coordinator, Kingsley A. Rowe, lasting 45 minutes to one hour. All interviews are transcribed and archived. Participants are compensated for their time and asked to participate again after 6-8 months and again after 12-18 months to complete a one year cycle of follow-up interviews.
2. DOCUMENTARY FILM
After Now (2017) is a documentary short film that follows Earl, Joshua, and Carlos as they navigate life after prison. Weaving intimate portraits of their work, family, and neighborhoods in New York City, the film walks us through Earl’s first day out of prison; captures Carlos’s relationship with his wife and three sons, after nearly 13 years away; and follows Joshua as he moves forward from his past. Following subjects for a one-year cycle, After Now captures the joys and challenges of moving from prison to community, and the ways that incarceration touches us all.
After Now is a film by Raechel Bosch and Thuy Linh Tu, and was made in collaboration with the New York University Prison Education Program. Production started in June 2016 and will continue through June 2017. Footage will be edited to create a series of mini documentaries that will be made public. It is also through the process of making this film that we are building community and conversation among people and their families. Please continue to check back for updates.
Raechel Bosch:: producer/director, cinematographer, editor
Uyen Nguyen:: production assistant and photographer
Kingsley A. Rowe:: re-entry coordinator and photographer
Thuy Linh Tu:: producer/director, photographer, editor
Music by Grant Cutler
To learn more, please contact the documentation project manager Raechel Bosch at firstname.lastname@example.org