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MIPCOM Picks 2014: Locked Up In America – Solitary Nation

It’s not a doc for the faint of heart, but as a window into the world of solitary confinement – from the vantage points of both inmates and the officers overseeing the unit – it’s completely engrossing.
October 1, 2014


Partners: A ‘Frontline’ production with Mongoose Pictures in association with the BBC; distributed by PBS International
Length:1 x 53 minutes
Aired: April 2014 (PBS)
Rights available: Worldwide
The New York Times, in advance of this ‘Frontline’ documentary’s U.S. premiere, called Solitary Nation “about as hopeless an hour of television as you can imagine, which is exactly the reason to watch it.” For the first installment of a two-part report on the prison system in America, producer/director Dan Edge gained rare access to the solitary confinement unit at the maximum security Maine State Prison, where a new warden is trying to reduce the number of inmates in segregation.
As the NYT suggests, it’s not a doc for the faint of heart, but as a window into the world of solitary confinement – from the vantage points of both inmates and the officers overseeing the unit – it’s completely engrossing.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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