The NYU PEP Documentation Project is an initiative focused on understanding the experiences of formerly incarcerated students and their opportunities for continuing education. Launched in the summer of 2016, this long-term project documents our students’ post-release experiences through two related efforts. 1. A post-release consultation 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 conversations about the complexities of navigating life after prison.
[Map design by Allegra Oxborough]
1. Re-entry Consultation
NYU PEP alum are asked to participate in a post-release consultation. Participants are asked to complete an audio-recorded interview with a faculty person and student researcher lasting 45 minutes to one hour. All interviews are transcribed and archived. Participants are compensated for their time, and some participants are asked to interview 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 (26min. 2018) follows three people as they navigate life in New York City after years of incarceration. Weaving intimate narratives of work, family, and neighborhoods, the film walks us through Earl’s first day out of prison, explores Carlos’s relationship with his family after 13 years away, and follows Joshua as he’s forced to start over while living in a shelter. After Now captures the nuances of rebuilding life and relationships after prison, where no two experiences are the same, but together they tell a story about the lasting effects of the penal system and how incarceration touches us all.
After Now is a film project directed by Raechel Bosch and Thuy Linh Tu, and was made in collaboration with the New York University Prison Education Program (NYU PEP).
Production started in June 2016 as part of a larger initiative, launched by NYU PEP, to document students’ post-release experiences and to better understand the nuances of reintegration after incarceration. Following three people, and their families, for one year, the film captures everyday life in New York City and the complexities of what it’s like to transition from prison back into society. In showing a range of perspectives, and challenges, the film aims to tell a story that is humanistic and a true reflection.
After Now is intended to be screened and used as a tool for facilitating conversations, in community settings, about the effects of incarceration and its impact on everyday life. In showing the film, we hope to create opportunities to strengthen effective systems of support and links between businesses, NGOs, and people, while moving away from harmful systems of punishment, and to open the narrative about “who” is impacted by incarceration.
Raechel Bosch:: producer/director, cinematographer, editor
Uyen Nguyen:: production assistant and photographer
Thuy Linh Tu:: producer/director, photographer, editor
Allegra Oxborough:: designer
Music by Grant Cutler
For queries and/or screening requests, please contact Raechel Bosch at email@example.com