UIC director to screen Oscar-nominated film March 11

Scene from "Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall." Credit: HBO Documentary Films

Scene from “Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall.” Credit: HBO Documentary Films

University of Illinois at Chicago director Edgar Barens will screen his Academy Award-nominated film, “Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall.”

March 11
7 – 9 p.m.

Alumni Hall
Northeastern University
3701 W. Byrn Mawr Ave.


About the film

“Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall” is a moving cinema verité documentary that breaks through the walls of one of America’s oldest maximum-security prisons to tell the story of the final months in the life of a terminally ill prisoner, Jack Hall and the hospice volunteers, they themselves prisoners, who care for him.

“Prison Terminal” draws from footage shot over a six-month period behind the walls of Iowa State Penitentiary and provides an account of how the hospice experience can touch even the forsaken lives of the incarcerated. It was nominated for an Academy Award for best documentary short-subject in 2014.

About the filmmaker

Edgar Barens directs and produces documentary films that explore issues in the American criminal justice system.

Prior to “Prison Terminal,” Barens’ documentary “A Sentence of Their Own” earned him the prestigious CINE Golden Eagle and the National Council on Crime and Delinquency PASS (Prevention for a Safer Society) Award — the only national award recognizing filmmakers who focus on the criminal justice system.

Barens is a media specialist at the Jane Addams Center for Social Policy and Research in UIC’s Jane Addams College of Social Work.

On-site media interviews with Barens are available upon request. Call (312) 413-8702.

The event is presented by Northeastern University’s Psychology and Generativity clubs.

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