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DTLAFF Music Documentary - 16 Bars

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GENRE Inspirational, music documentary | RUNNING TIME 94min | USA DOCUMENTARY

16 Bars is a feature length music documentary that offers a rare glimpse at the human stories (and songs) that are locked away in our nation’s jails and prisons. The film follows three inmates at the city jail in Richmond, Virginia and one former inmate who was recently released and is struggling to adapt to life on the outside. The men are a part of a unique rehabilitation effort that involves writing and recording original music. In the jail’s makeshift recording studio, the men collaborate on an album with a Grammy-winning recording artist, Todd “Speech” Thomas, from the iconic activist hip-hop group Arrested Development. As the creative process unfurls, each of these men must unearth painful elements of their pasts, which hold the key to a new chapter in their lives.

The film is set in Richmond Virginia, the former seat of the confederacy, where the legacy of systemic racism, a spiraling opioid crisis, generational poverty, and a lack of mental health services have entrapped many of its citizens in a cycle of incarceration, making the city itself a unique case study for rising recidivism rates in the U.S. at large. With the U.S. locking up more of its citizens per capita than any other nation on the planet, the music of the film serves as rare testimony to the raw and messy truth behind the criminal justice system’s revolving door.

DIRECTOR'S BIO SAM BATHRICK, began his career as a refugee caseworker in West Africa, interviewing survivors of war— a job that would ignite his passion for documenting stories. He fell in love with New York while producing “Run For Your Life,” a doc about the enigmatic founder of the NYC Marathon and spent some wild years chasing musicians through the streets of cities like Tokyo, Istanbul and Miami for the PBS travel series “Music Voyager.” In 2017 he directed his first feature documentary “200 MILES”, a Tribeca Film Festival premiere about a seemingly impossible run. Sam currently lives in Brooklyn, is a father, husband, and partner at Resonant Pictures.

CAST Speech, Garland Carr, Devonte James, Tennyson Jackson, Anthony Johnston

SOCIAL MEDIA HANDLES @16barsthefilm

TRAILER LINK https://vimeo.com/265112710

WEBSITE LINK http://16barsthefilm.com

PRINT SOURCE Sam Bathrick, sam@resonantpictures.com


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