In 1998, feature documentary The Farm, co-directed and co-produced by Jonathan Stack and Liz Garbus, captured the reality of six men living and dying inside Angola Prison, Louisiana’s maximum security penitentiary and America’s largest and oldest penal institution. By revealing a powerful and universal truth – to err is human and to forgive divine, The Farm spoke to an enormous and receptive audience and garnered many of cinema’s top awards, including the Sundance Grand Jury Prize, the LA Film Critic’s Award, the New York Film Critic’s Award, an Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary, two Emmys and four Emmy nominations. When it was broadcast on A&E, it attracted the largest audience for a documentary in the network’s history.
Ten years later in 2008, broadcasted on National Geographic Channel and NPS, Netherlands, feature documentary The Farm: 10 Down goes back inside Angola to reconnect with the characters and to witness first hand time’s impact on their spirits, their bodies, their sense of hope and their sense of purpose. The film was directed and produced by Jonathan Stack, written by Jonathan Stack and Susan Shea, co-directed and edited by Nancy Novack, executive produced by David Deniger and Mara-Michelle Batlin, produced by James McKay and co-produced by Stephanie Wang at HCD Media Group,
Reflecting Masters Series – International Documentary Festival Amsterdam, 2009
Flagstaff Film Festival, 2009
Mountain Film Festival, 2009
Thessaloniki International Film Festival, Greece, 2009
First Factual Films Festival (F4), Adelaide, Australia, 2009
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