Released to Life – Another Award!

Posted: January 19, 2012 in Uncategorized

The Documentary Center at GWU is thrilled to announce that SnagFilms and the DC Office of Motion Picture and Television will make a special award presentation to the 2010 Institute for Documentary Filmmaking for their film RELEASED TO LIFE.

SnagFilms Founder, Ted Leonsis and DC Mayor Vincent Gray will come to GW on Monday, Jan 30 at 1:00 PM to confer the award. There will be a special screening of the film and a post-screening panel.

About the film: After spending years separated from society, how would it feel to return home to a place that you no longer know? Each year over half a million people in the U.S. are released from prisons and jails. They have served their time, but the shadow of their past convictions continues to follow them.Released to Life focuses on several recently released individuals in their struggle to redefine themselves and offers a view into the unique challenges they face.

We will screen the short film (17 minutes) and the post-screening panel will include:

Michael Curtin, CEO, DC Central Kitchen (confirmed)
Nancy Ware, Director, Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency (confirmed)
Eric Weaver, Film Subject, Ex-Offender (confirmed)
Phil Mendelson, D.C. City Council, Chair, Committee on Public Safety and the Judiciary (tentative)
Paul Quander, Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice (invited)

To register and for more information, go to:

Come out for this great film by GW students!


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