Each year 25,000 inmates are released in Huntsville, Texas — one of the largest prison towns in America. Monday through Friday, the glass doors swing open on the front of the Civil War-era, red-brick prison they call The Walls. The inmates exit and shuffle along the sidewalk, some smiling, some pensive, all shouldering onion sacks full of belongings. With no one to greet them, most of them stream past the private homes and prison offices toward the Greyhound bus station three blocks away. For hours, until buses have carried them off, there are lines of released prisoners everywhere near the station: a line for bus tickets, a line to cash prison checks, a line to buy new clothes.
United States | 2020 | 45 mins
Directed by Gregory Lovett, Matthijs Heesemans
Directors: Gregory Lovett, Matthijs Heesemans
Produced by: Gregory Lovett, Matthijs Heesemans
Country: United States
Length: 45 minutes
This film is available to watch online on yuzzi from 1 until 7 December 2020.
Festivals and Awards
Montreal Independent Film Festival
Chicago Indie Film Awards
Impact Docs Awards
Golden Bridge Istanbul Film Festival
About the Directors
Gregory Lovett has been working in international television and media for the past 40 years. He is the founder of Image Essays, a nonprofit production company that develops media projects of social, political and historical interest. He most recently produced and directed “Delay, Deny, Hope You Die”, an award-winning documentary about American soldiers who were poisoned on military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Matthijs Heesemans has been working in the Dutch television industry for 12 years. Originally a cameraman, he has since developed into a renowned editor and director whose work has appeared on all major public and commercial channels in The Netherlands. 12th Street is his first documentary.