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Herman's House - Q&A w/director + Robert King

Please come early!  Doors open at 5PM but we suggest you come at 5:30PM if possible.


SYNOPSIS:

Herman's House is a moving account of an unusual project proposed by artist Jackie Sumell to build a home for Herman Wallace, who was one of the "Angola 3" prisoners locked up for more than 40 years in a 6-by-9-foot cell in solitary confinement  in Louisiana. 

"The Angola Three consist of three prison inmates – Robert Hillary King (born Robert King Wilkerson), Albert Woodfox and Herman Wallace – who were put in solitary confinement in Louisiana State Penitentiary, a.k.a. Angola Prison, after the 1972 killing of a prison guard. Robert King spent 29 years in solitary confinement before his conviction was overturned and he was released. Wallace, before being released October 1, 2013, and Woodfox spent 40 years of solitary confinement as of 2013.  In July 2013 Amnesty International called for the release of 71-year-old Herman Wallace, who had advanced liver cancer." (source Wikipedia)

Herman Wallace might have been the longest serving prisoner in solitary confinement in the United States. He  died of  cancer just two days after the judge ordered his release from Angola Prison never realizing Jackie Surnell's dream, but feeling the taste of freedom in the final moments of his life.  

This documentary was directed by the first-time director Angad Singh Bhalla.


Austin Documentary Fans will be hosting this event which starts at 6:00 PM on January 22, 2014.  Q&A at 7:25PM


http://www.pbs.org/pov/pressroom/2013/hermans-house-premieres-on-pov.php


FOR MORE INFO:


Democracy Now

Herman Wallace Dies Just Days After Being Released from 40+ Years in Solitary

http://www.npr.org/2013/10/05/229585570/angola-3-inmate-tastes-brief-bittersweet-freedom


NPR

Angola 3 Inmate Tastes Brief, 'Bittersweet' Freedom

http://www.npr.org/2013/10/05/229585570/angola-3-inmate-tastes-brief-bittersweet-freedom


Angola 3

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angola_Three


Washington Post

For Herman Wallace, solitary confinement amounted to a death sentence

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/for-herman-wallace-solitary-confinement-amounted-to-a-death-sentence/2013/10/24/d37f452a-39ab-11e3-b6a9-da62c264f40e_story.html
For Herman Wallace, solitary confine


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  • A former member
    A former member

    All of these films should be closed captioned. We are behind the times if they are not closed captioned.

    January 24, 2014

    • Cara H.

      Gulabi Gang is closed captioned. It's coming up again. Let me know when you will come to the film and we will try to make arrangements for future films.

      September 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I wished it was closed captioned. I wanted to see it.

    January 24, 2014

    • Cara H.

      When it is a private event that we host at a public facility we can look into it and tap into the closed captioned features, but when it is on site at a location such as the Alamo, we have no control. Please keep in touch and let me know which events you will be attending and I will try my hardest to accommodate you. Sorry you couldn't make it to Herman's House. Send me an email and lets keep in touch.

      January 26, 2014

  • marcie

    This documentary was quite an eye opener and beautifully crafted. It was an honor to meet such an extraordinary man as Robert King. It was my first event with this group and I will definitely attend again.

    1 · January 23, 2014

    • Cara H.

      Marcie glad to hear this.

      January 24, 2014

  • Laura B.

    Thanks Cara!! Such an enjoyable, thought-provoking evening. Loved the film, and the Q&A session with the director and Mr. King was incredibly interesting. Thank you for setting this up!

    1 · January 23, 2014

    • Cara H.

      Your turn next. Sorry didn't know you were sitting on the front seat we hardly got a chance to talk, as you know it was a busy evening.

      January 24, 2014

  • Jenny

    This was interesting, exciting, and a pleasure to share with the group.

    January 24, 2014

    • Cara H.

      Jenny It was so nice seeing you since so long.

      January 24, 2014

  • Aimee

    Very informative! Ty!

    January 23, 2014

  • LT

    Amazing film and a great touch to have the director and Robert King available for Q & A. Betty provided some great information too!

    2 · January 23, 2014

  • Cara H.

    Please take some time out to let us know your feelings about the event and the group. Group reviews are great promotional tools for the group. What better way than from you? http://www.meetup.com/Austin-Documentary-Fans/about/comments/?op=all

    January 23, 2014

  • Holly K.

    An amazing and very moving documentary. And meeting the a Director and Mr. king was very memorable, indeed!

    1 · January 23, 2014

  • Cara H.

    Hello everyone. About 50 documentary fans came to the event tonight. Every seat was taken! The event was a smash :) Having a national figure and outstanding person like Mr. King come tonight was the icing on the cake. Was honored to have the Director of the film, Angad Singh Bhalla present for a lengthy Q&A. The venue was gorgeous, and staff excellent. The view from the top of the hill was breathtaking. We had the most diverse crowd I have ever seen. Lots of great questions everyone. Thanks Clarissa for suggesting this library. I can see us having many more events at the Barbara Bush Library. Next time some of us might have to car pool. Thanks LT, Clarrissa, Holly for your help. For those who couldn't make it tonight please come and see Laura Brook's film "Bat City."

    January 22, 2014

  • Herb

    Sorry, won't make this after all.
    Had been looking forward to it.

    January 22, 2014

  • marcie

    I won't be able to make it to a 5:30 start so can you confirm 6pm start? thanks

    January 22, 2014

  • Heather

    I'm not going to make it after all.. please post comments after y'all see it. It looks very interesting!

    January 22, 2014

  • Cara H.

    Please come early to the event. I will be there at 5PM but I suggest you come at 5:30PM if possible

    January 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    will this film be closed captioned? I am hard of haring.

    January 17, 2014

    • Cara H.

      I will do my best to set it up for closed captioned.

      January 18, 2014

  • Cara H.

    Please note the address correction. The event will be at the Laura Bush Community Library

    9411 Bee Cave Rd., Austin, TX [masked]

    Doors will be open at 5:30PM
    Film to Start at 6PM promptly

    January 18, 2014

  • Cara H.

    Just spoke to the director of the film today, he is planning on coming to the event. If not in person via Skype.

    January 7, 2014

  • Cara H.

    Would anyone have a problem if the event start time is at 5:30PM? End time 8PM

    December 29, 2013

    • Joan B.

      I might. Its difficult to leave work that early.

      December 30, 2013

    • Cara H.

      the event would start at 6:00PM would that be a problem?

      December 30, 2013

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