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Schedule for Sun. Sept. 15

8:00 – 9:30 pm

This one-night festival marks the final night of Hidden Lives Illuminated with all 20 original films screened back to back. Featuring guest speakers introducing each film, musical performances from special guests, and a spirit of celebration for the incarcerated filmmakers’ extraordinary accomplishments.

Original Hidden Lives Illuminated Films

Hidden Lives - Paul M.'s Nostalgia

Paul M.


Watching a movie late at night, the filmmaker is reminded of a childhood memory. He decides to make a phone call.

Hidden Lives - David G.'s Freedom

David G.


The filmmaker reflects on time lost and the consequences of one mistake many years ago.

Hidden Lives - Aaron W.'s Where Did It Go?

Aaron W.

Where Did It Go?

There are many twists and turns on the highway of life, but time waits for no man. “Don’t miss your exit.”

Hidden Lives - Lamar L.'s My Kids

Lamar L.

My Kids

The filmmaker encourages his children to learn from his mistakes and strive to be a leader not a follower.

Hidden Lives - Quasheam R.'s Lymph Notes

Quasheam R.

Lymph Notes

The filmmaker chronicles his journey through illness and incarceration.

Hidden Lives - Alexander S.'s The Bus Stop

Alexander S.

The Bus Stop

From the filmmaker’s perspective, we all do dumb things as kids, and we could all use someone watching our back.

Hidden Lives - Joseph K.'s There He Was, There He Is

Joseph K.

There He Was, There He Is

The protagonist goes to sleep a child and wakes a man. How will yesterday's plans work in tomorrow's society?

Hidden Lives - Louis B.'s Money Talks

Louis B.

Money Talks

“Money doesn’t grow on trees.” The filmmaker asks, “How much is money really worth?”

Hidden Lives - Marvin S.'s Between Two Courts

Marvin S.

Between Two Courts

The filmmaker recalls how his youth on the basketball court became a life in criminal court and incarceration.

Hidden Lives - Filmmakers at Philadelphia’s Riverside Correctional Facility for Women's You Can Go Left or Right

Filmmakers at Philadelphia’s Riverside Correctional Facility for Women

You Can Go Left or Right

The filmmakers reflect on life inside a hectic county jail for women.

Hidden Lives - Brian H.'s Dear Time

Brian H.

Dear Time

The filmmaker writes to “time,” reflecting on loss and gratitude and wondering if time really heals all wounds.

Hidden Lives - Braheem L.'s My Boys...

Braheem L.

My Boys...

Two sons express the challenges of growing up with an incarcerated father.

Hidden Lives - Clarence S.'s Through Her, I Live

Clarence S.

Through Her, I Live

"Angels walk among us." This is a story of how a life, lost too soon, saved an uncle during his incarceration.

Hidden Lives - Justino G.'s Piano Priest

Justino G.

Piano Priest

The filmmaker muses about his son, a musical prodigy, who uses his gifts to cope with his father’s incarceration.

Hidden Lives - Robert T.'s A Special Person

Robert T.

A Special Person

The filmmaker talks to his young son, reminiscing about the things they share.

Hidden Lives - Jerome L.'s Justice

Jerome L.


Reflecting on dysfunctional communities and growing up in prison, the filmmaker considers what he has learned and how best to lead others from the dark into the light.

Hidden Lives - Donyea P.'s Big Boy Shoes

Donyea P.

Big Boy Shoes

The young filmmaker looks back on his life and forward to a better future for us all. “It’s time to put on those big boy shoes.”

Hidden Lives - Ezra B.'s Phoenix

Ezra B.


After a life behind bars, the filmmaker reflects on the cultivation of wisdom and the strength to overcome. “I am the phoenix.”

Hidden Lives - Joseph S.'s Furever Homes

Joseph S.

Furever Homes

As the filmmaker says, “Sometimes you save the dog. Sometimes the dog saves you.”

Hidden Lives - Michael L.'s We Can If We Want To

Michael L.

We Can If We Want To

The filmmaker looks at the chaos of the world from behind bars and suggests it’s time for change. We can make a better world if we want to.