Last year, I had the pleasure of working on a documentary project for ACSO (a non-profit that helps people transition from prison by assisting them through housing, employment, and social support). Through this, they aim to create “…a safe and inclusive community freed of crime and prison”.
See more of what they do at their website.
Teaming up with Director Clara Simpson, we set out to make a documentary that would examine ACSO’s work and delve into the human struggles of its clients. The documentary explores the theme of second chances, and that although punishment is a necessary part of the justice system there are also interventions that can be more effective in breaking the cycle of crime.
Being a part of a pro-bono project like this is a satisfying and absolutely eye opening experience. I went into the project oblivious to the issues surrounding the cycle of crime. But after speaking with countless social workers, drug and alcohol addicts, sexual offenders, and other offenders from every walk of life, all I can say is that nothing is ever black and white and you can never really judge someone without knowing them first.
So here’s the full documentary (26 minutes), or if you can’t spare the time there’s also some smaller outtakes below.
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Full Version (26 minutes):
The Issues (3 minutes)
The Characters (2 minutes)
Peter Edit (50 seconds)
Damian Edit (50 seconds)
Directed by Clara Simpson
Cinematography, Editing, and Grade by Noel Smyth
Produced by Eugene Ford
Sound Design by Thomas Baker
Music by Samuel Marzola