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Week 2: Criminal Justice Today

Schedule for August 28



Original Hidden Lives Illuminated Films


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.




Guest Films


Hidden Lives - Vox Voices: Wes Caines of Brroklyn Defender Services

Brooklyn Defender Services: Perpetual Punishment

Many of America’s formerly incarcerated people face numerous obstacles when integrating back into public life once free, according to Wes Caines and his former colleagues Scott Hechinger and Hannah McCrea at Brooklyn Defender Services, a public defender service in New York City.

Watch the film here.


Hidden Lives - Sesame Street: Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration

Sesame Street: Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration

Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration provides much-needed resources to support and comfort young children throughout their parents' incarceration.

Watch the film here.




This Evening’s Programs


7:00 – 9:45 pm: Write the Filmmakers

Share your thoughts with the filmmakers! Postcards and pens will be available every night during Hidden Lives Illuminated. Write your note to the artists and drop it in the mailbox provided. We’ll take care of delivering your message.


7:00 – 9:00 pm: Learn how you can get involved!

Join us for an open house with these community organizations and learn how you can get involved:

  • The Institute for Community Justice is a comprehensive prison services and reentry program providing health linkages, supportive services, education, and advocacy for individuals, families and communities impacted by mass incarceration. To learn more about ICJ, visit www.fight.org.
  • Interim House provides a continuum of comprehensive services to women addicted to drugs and alcohol that includes three levels of care: Residential Treatment, Intensive Outpatient Treatment, and Outpatient Counseling. Incorporated in 1971, Interim House was the first such specialized program in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and one of the first in the nation. It has served as a model for innovative treatment of substance abusing women. To learn more about Interim House, visit www.InterimHouse.org.
  • The Mayor’s Office of Reintegration Services (RISE) and PA Career Link provide employment support to individuals who have been previously convicted, sentenced and incarcerated. This includes vocational training, computer literacy, and job search assistance. To learn more about RISE and PA Career Link, visit www.phila.gov and www.PACareerLinkPHL.org.

These events (as with all events during Hidden Lives Illuminated) are free and open to the public. No reservations required. Appropriate for all ages.



Member Night


7:00 – 9:00 pm: Member Night

On Wednesday evenings, Eastern State members receive special perks. Members should check in at the welcome table inside the Hidden Lives Illuminated Event Hub at OCF Coffee House.