Jeffrey Wright Made ‘O.G.’ in a Working Prison to Show the Thin Line Between Us and Them
Director Madeleine Sackler and Jeffrey Wright share insights on shooting inside a maximum security prison and how filmmaking can be used to rehabilitate.
“One could even say that they aren’t really prison films, according to the traditional mechanics of the genre. There’s no rape, no evil warden, no solitary-confinement montage. Prison is the village where they live.” THE NEW…Read more
“The performances are exceptionally strong, both by the free-to-leave professional actors (especially Jeffrey Wright, who plays Louis, the “O.G.” of the title, an older inmate on the verge of release) and by the incarcerated neophytes.”Read more
In a conversation with The Vera Institute of Justice, Sackler, alongside screenwriter Stephen Belber, actor David Patrick Kelly, and activist Wesley Caines, emphasized the desire to represent a true prison experience.Read more