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Beyond The Wall

Directed by Bestor Cram and Jenny Phillips

United States | 1 hr 15 min | 2016

Most people will be released from prison, but what happens to them when they leave? Through the personal stories of six former prisoners documented over four years, Beyond the Wall bears witness to the challenges of life on the outside.

Our characters are in transition; they must relinquish their old lives and build new ones often with little help from the criminal justice system. This film is an intimate portrait of their struggle, their reentry, relapse, recovery and redemption.

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Beyond the Wall - Jenny PhilipsJenny Phillips
Director, Producer, Writer

Jenny Phillips is a cultural anthropologist, filmmaker, writer and psychiatric nurse. She has a psychotherapy practice in Concord, MA, specializing in crisis intervention, family and marriage therapy, behavioral medicine, and mindfulness training. In 2002, working with the Alabama DOC, Jenny successfully brought a Vipassana meditation program inside a maximum-security prison in Alabama. In 2008, Phillips produced and directed a documentary film, The Dhamma Brothers, with a national theatrical release and national broadcast on public television. Jenny is producer/director of Beyond the Wall.

Beyond the Wall - Bestor CramBestor Cram
Director, Producer, Writer

Bestor Cram has over twenty-five years of experience as a director, producer and cinematographer. He founded Northern Light Productions, which has produced and directed scores of films including broadcast documentaries that concentrate on issues relating to contemporary society, science, art and history. His cinematography credits include the 1995 Documentary Academy Award winner, Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision and the acclaimed feature documentaries After Innocence and Wrestling with Angels: Playwright Tony Kushner; the Emmy nominated Discovery Channel special Mysteries of the Sea: Freak Waves; the HBO special Mumia Abu-Jamal: A Case For Reasonable Doubt?, the PBS/BBC series, China in the Red, and the PBS American Experience on Eleanor Roosevelt. Bestor’s Unfinished Symphony premiered at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival and his current projects include four feature documentaries slated for release in 2008: Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison, The Orangeburg Massacre, Killer Poet and Shoot the Messengers. He is a producer of Singing Revolution, which is currently in theatrical release.

Film Information

Director: Bestor Cram, Jenny Phillips
Country: United States
Year: 2016
Language: English
Runtime: 1 hr 15 min
Rated:  PG13


Producers: Jenny Phillips, Bestor Cram
Andrew Kakura
Andrew Kakura

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