Followed by Director talk, panel and Q&A
Karen Ruckman : Director and Executive Producer
Walter Ridley: former Director of the DC Department of Corrections; former Chair, DC Parole Board
Calvin Gorham; photography program participant
Michael Moses: photography program participant
Alexandra Silverthorne: Photographer and Adjunct Professor, American University and University of the District of Columbia
In Lorton’s Darkroom tells the story of a group of inmates in the 1980's who use a photography program and the cameras they are given to express their challenges, thoughts, and feelings while incarcerated in Lorton Correctional Facility in Washington, D.C. The film includes in-depth interviews over a twelve year period with two men who take us back to their lives before and after incarceration. They talk frankly about the horrors of prison life, and how learning to take photographs gave them the discipline and tool for self-discovery.