Garrett Bradley, Instructor of Digital Filmmaking, made quite the splash at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival with her new short film, Alone. The film, which documents the consequences of mass incarceration as seen through the eyes of a single New Orleans mother, won the festival’s jury award in the ‘nonfiction shorts’ category. One of just 68 short films accepted into the festival, Alone now qualifies for 2018 Academy Award consideration.
“I do hope that the film in some way – or this year maybe, let’s just say this year; we still have like eight more months – we can start to expand our ideas on love and include more and more people, as many people as possible, in our ideas of what love looks like and what it can mean,” said Bradley as she accepted the award.
Her film highlights a statistic troubling for residents of the Pelican State: Louisiana is, by all accounts, the most incarcerated place on earth. Out of every 86 adults in Louisiana, one is in prison – double the U.S. average. Among the black community in New Orleans, the ratio is even worse: one in 14 is imprisoned. This translates to an incarceration rate in Louisiana unparalleled around the world: five times that of Iran’s, and 13 times that of China’s.