Every weekday, inmates are released from Huntsville State Penitentiary, taking in their first moments of freedom with phone calls, cigarettes and quiet reflection at the Greyhound station up the block.

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Jamie Meltzer is a documentary filmmaker. His most recent documentary feature, TRUE CONVICTION (Independent Lens, 2018), a co-production of ITVS and the recipient of a Sundance Institute grant and a MacArthur grant, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. INFORMANT (2012), about a revolutionary activist turned FBI informant, was released in theaters in the US and Canada in Fall 2013 by Music Box Films and KinoSmith. Previous films include: OFF THE CHARTS: THE SONG-POEM STORY (Independent Lens, 2003), about the shadowy world of song-poems; WELCOME TO NOLLYWOOD (PBS Broadcast, 2007), an investigation into the wildly successful Nigerian movie industry; and LA CAMINATA (2009), a short film about a small town in Mexico that runs a simulated border crossing as a tourist attraction. He teaches and is the Program Director of the M.F.A. Program in Documentary Film at Stanford University.

Chris Filippone is a documentary filmmaker whose work has screened at the Berlinale, Visions du Réel, SXSW, CPH:DOX, Sheffield Doc/Fest and Ann Arbor Film Festival. His film SCRAP won the Spirit Award for Short Documentary at the Brooklyn Film Festival in 2017 and A VIEW FROM THE WINDOW was nominated for a 2018 Best of the Year Award on Vimeo. He has received support from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, MiND TV and the Bread and Roses Fund as well as fellowships from the Telluride Student Symposium and UFVA. He is a graduate of Stanford University’s M.F.A. Documentary Film and Video program.

Chris Filippone


Country: USA

Year: 2020

Directors: Jamie Meltzer, Chris Filippone

Producer: Jamie Meltzer

Director of Photography: Chris Filippone

Editors: Chris Filippone, Jamie Meltzer

Running Time (minutes): 14 MIN

Languges: English, Spanish