Free screening. Directed by Angad Bhalla, 2012, 81 minutes
Herman’s House (still), 2012
With compassion and meaningful artistry, Herman’s House takes us inside the lives and imaginations of two unforgettable characters, an inmate in solitary confinement and a young art student. In 2001 Herman Wallace, an inmate in Louisiana State Penitentiary, Angola, received a perspective-shifting letter from Jackie Sumell, who posed the provocative question: “What kind of house does a man who has lived in a six-foot-by-nine-foot cell for over 30 years dream of?” Thus began an inspired creative dialogue, a friendship and a struggle to end the “cruel and unusual punishment” of long-term solitary confinement. The film will be introduced by Tyler Fainstat, Executive Director of the John Howard Society of Kingston and District. Screened in conjunction with Geoffrey James: Inside Kingston Penitentiary.
Herman’s House won the 2014 News & Documentary Emmy® Award for Outstanding Arts and Culture Programming, it was announced on Sept. 30 by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.