A Hard Straight
A gang member, a mother, and a small-time dealer. They served their sentences, they're on parole. Now they're about to discover that walking out the prison gates is just the beginning...A Hard Straight is a documentary about doing time on the outside.
A Hard Straight tells the story of what it's really like for a person to make the radical transition from prison life to society. The film interweaves the stories of two men and one woman as they attempt to construct new lives on the outside. We see them from the ecstatic moment of their first taste of freedom, to the inevitable frustrations, joys, and banality of life outside of prison. And finally, we see the people in either a successfully established life on the outside or a return to prison.
For the 500,000 men and women each year who are released from prison, there are many unknowns: What will you have to do to survive after walking out with $200 "gate money"? How does an extended stay in a world defined by violence and subjugation affect your ability to live your own life? And what sort of resources, both within the community and yourself, will you need to have to make it on the outside?
A Hard Straight is an intimate and powerful film that sheds light on the profound experience of doing time and trying to go straight.
Documentary Film: A Hard Straight—from the Director
I wanted to alert you to my award-winning documentary, 'A Hard Straight', which shows what it's really like to make the radical transition from prison life to society, by following the post-release stories of three people in close and unflinching detail ...
...One spent his childhood in foster homes, juvenile detention, and the gang life before his adult convictions. Now, the one thing he knows for sure is that he is a 2-striker and another conviction will land him in prison for the rest of his life... The second had logged more time in prison for parole violations than for his original sentence. "My friends are few, and my world is cold," he confides, waiting on a street corner notorious for drug deals... The third, a mother whose oldest daughter had taken in the two younger children during her prison term. Life becomes very complicated very quickly once she gains her freedom. Increasing friction with her daughter comes to a head over her struggle with methamphetamine addiction.
I filmed the men and woman for two years, portraying the ecstatic moment of their release from prison and then the inevitable frustrations and setbacks, as their paths take course and alas, diverge. Recently broadcast nationwide on PBS's 'Independent Lens' and now available from New Day films, 'A Hard Straight' is already being used by prisons, juvenile institutions and university classes throughout the country, and I have been told that the documentary generates lively discussion among the viewers because it poignantly brings real life to the facts and issues.
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Thank you for considering 'A Hard Straight'.
Documentary Film: Foo Foo Dust from New Day Films
The award-winning "Foo-Foo Dust" explores the relationship between a crack-addicted prostitute and her junkie son living together in one room in San Francisco's Tenderloin District. The film invites the audience to witness a disturbing and intimate portrait of the destructive power of drug addiction, including a crack-induced fit and near-fatal heroin overdose. But what makes the film so powerful is its moving, poignant look at the intense love between a mother and her son living on the edge of society.
"I have never seen addiction captured so well as in the documentary "Foo-Foo Dust" about a mother and son entwined not only by relationship but also by drugs."
Al Martinez, Los Angeles Times
"Phenomenally powerful and riveting! I worked for years with addicts in treatment settings, but before viewing 'Foo-Foo Dust' I never saw the day-to-day horrors of addiction first hand. I use the film in my counseling courses as it gives my students a window into that world."
–Dr. Lee Stein, Human Services Department, Maui Community College
"I use 'Foo-Foo Dust' as part of our pre-trial cognitive restructuring program and victim impact classes. The film is very sobering, graphic and impactful. It gives individuals a powerful reality check about life choices and the high cost of drug addiction." –Kaye Saxon, Education Coordinator, Mat Su Pre-Trial Facility, Palmer, Alaska
"You would be hard-pressed to find a more frightening and candid account of drug addiction than Gina Levy and Eric Johnson's 37-minute 'Foo-Foo Dust', in which their unblinking camera bears witness to the psychic devastation of mother-and-son crack addicts. The film is shocking, yet the audience is never less than riveted by the real-life story that unfolds on the screen."
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