Sponsored by the Human Rights Program and the Department of Theater and Dance
Winner of Sweden’s best documentary film of 2012
Showcased at MOMA’s 2013 Documentary Fortnight
At Night I Fly portrays men at New Folsom, one of California's most maximum security prisons. This intimate documentary shows prisoners, most serving a life sentence, who refuse closure and isolation and instead work to uncover and express themselves. Their primary tool is making art and the film takes us to New Folsom's Arts-in-Corrections' room, to prison poetry readings, gospel choirs, blues guitar on the yard, and to many more scenes of creation. At Night I Fly shows the artistic and human journey these men take, as well as the need that fuels it, and the beauty and pain encountered along the way.
Film screening followed by a talk and audience dialogue with Jim Carlson
About Jim Carlson, former director of Arts in Corrections at New Folsom and featured in the film: The arts program at New Folsom is unique among California prisons, and is partly left over from a state program, which lost funding in 2010, called Arts-in-Corrections. What is left of the program is kept running by inmates, with the help of Jim, former artist facilitator in the days of Arts-in-Corrections and now recreational therapist. He also raises support in the community to keep the prison stocked with art supplies and musical instruments. Carlson has attempted to retire several times, after almost three decades in prisons and prison administration, but has yet to succeed. He knows that when he leaves, it is unlikely that much of what he and the inmates have built will survive. At present there are limited funds and not enough to hire teachers, but many of the inmates run the arts classes. Carlson is constantly fighting for the inmates’ freedom to facilitate these classes and events.