After Now (26min. 2018) is a documentary short film that uncovers the joys and challenges of navigating life after prison, and the ways that incarceration touches us all. Weaving intimate portraits of 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.
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.