Skylight Theatre Company explores the multiple award-winning documentary Road to Return, narrated by Tim Robbins. Film maker Leslie Neale (Juvies, Unlikely Friends) and Sabra Williams, co-founder of Creative Acts and The Actors’ Gang Prison Project, join a panel in conversation on current conditions for released prisoners in the United States. It premieres Thursday, May 27, 2021 at 7pm (PDT). On demand viewing of the performance and Q&A will be available through Sunday, May 31. Tony Abatemarco moderates the discussions.
A black ex-bank robber and a white college professor unite to create one of the nation’s leading aftercare programs, helping ex-cons return to society as productive citizens. The film examines an empathetic alternative to “lock ‘em up and throw away the key.” Directed by Leslie Neale, Road to Return was presented to the United States Congress, prompting a bill which authorized 6 million dollars for prison aftercare and rehabilitation.
Road To Return, produced by Chance Films, includes interviews with John Densmore (The Doors) and Sister Helen Prejean (“Dead Man Walking”). The documentary is a compelling look at one effective, relatively inexpensive and humane approach to slowing America’s prison industrial complex.
Leslie Neale and her films are recognized for their impact on social justice. “Juvies,” narrated by Mark Wahlberg, toured the world as one of the top ten “Human Rights Watch” films of 2005. “Juvies” also screened at the United Nations, encouraging the first ever conference on juvenile justice, won many awards and aired on HBO. Leslie’s films encourage in-depth examination of these topics with an uncommon sensitivity.
Sabra Williams has received international acclaim for her work as an actor and co-founder of The Actors’ Gang Prison Project, including being named by President Obama, a “Champion of Change” in 2016, and honored with a British Empire Medal for services to the Arts & Prison Reform by Queen Elizabeth in 2018.
The on demand viewing of the performance and Q&A will be available through Sunday, May 31. FREE with reservation. However donations are accepted. A percentage of all donations will go to Creative Arts. CLICK HERE for more info. https://skylighttheatre.org