UIC to screen Academy Award-nominated ‘Prison Terminal’

Edgar Barens

UIC’s Edgar Barens will screen and discuss “Prison Terminal,” his Academy Award-nominated documentary, Nov. 13 on campus.

The Academy Award-nominated film “Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall” by Edgar Barens will be screened at the University of Illinois at Chicago. A panel discussion and reception will follow. Free to the public.


Thursday, Nov. 13
4:30 – 6 p.m.


Education, Theatre, Music, and Social Work Building
L285 Auditorium
1040 W. Harrison St.


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 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 UIC’s Jane Addams College of Social Work. RSVP by Oct. 31 at byrons@uic.edu or call (312) 996-3219.

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