AWARD WINNING AND GRIPPING DOCUMENTARY “THE WORK” DIRECTED BY JAIRUS MCLEARY OPENS LOS ANGELES OCT 25 and NEW YORK OCT 27 – AND OTHER CITIES FOLLOW

AWARD WINNING AND GRIPPING DOCUMENTARY “THE WORK” DIRECTED BY JAIRUS MCLEARY OPENS LOS ANGELES OCT 25 and NEW YORK OCT 27 – AND OTHER CITIES FOLLOW

ONE OF THE YEAR’S MOST ACCLAIMED DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILMS 

IN THEATERS STARTING

OCTOBER 25 IN LOS ANGELES – LAEMMLE MONICA FILM CENTER
OCTOBER 27 IN NEW YORK CITY – VILLAGE EAST CINEMAS
SAN FRANCISCO AND OTHER CITIES TO FOLLOW

THE WORK is an incredible moving story of redemption and renewal unfolding asa remarkable vérité film that follows a group of outsiders into California’s Folsom Prison to join inmates in an intense four-day therapy session intended to help prepare them to succeed back outside prison.

THE WORK is considered of the most immersive and gripping documentaries of this year.

Set inside a single room in Folsom Prison, The Work follows three men from outside as they participate in a four-day group therapy retreat with level-four convicts. Over the four days, each man in the room takes his turn at delving deep into his past. The raw and revealing process that the incarcerated men undertake exceeds the expectations of the free men, ripping them out of their comfort zones and forcing them to see themselves and the prisoners in unexpected ways. The Work  offers a powerful and rare look past the cinder block walls, steel doors and the dehumanizing tropes in our culture to reveal a movement of change and redemption that transcends what we think of as rehabilitation.

“A riveting group encounter.”
“Putting the viewer into a men’s circle like no other, The Work is a remarkable piece of reportage.”

– Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter

“A compelling emotional display, one that captures masculinity at its most innocent and leads to profound displays of compassion.”
– Nick Allen, RogerEbert.com

“When you watch The Work, you enter the hot, uncomfortable confines where beauty and truth are forged from the raw materials of pain, longing and the need to connect, and you leave shaken but more rooted in humanity.”
– Matthew Odam, Austin American-Statesman

“The most powerful group therapy session ever caught on camera.”
“A compelling emotional display, one that captures masculinity at its most innocent and leads to profound displays of compassion.”

– Eric Kohn, IndieWire

“The interactions between the civilians and the convicts, however, show us in startling detail that despite how different our circumstances are, the demons we battle as fallen human beings are remarkably similar.”
– Kenneth R. Morefield, Christianity Today

2018 OSCAR PREDICTIONS – BEST DOCUMENATRY FEATURE TITLES IN CONTENTION
“The Work” (The Orchard
)
“First-time filmmakers Gethin Aldous and Jairus McLeary won the Grand Jury Prize at the SXSW FIlm Festival
for this provocative look at an unusual prison therapy program.”
-Paul Sheehan – Goldderby.com
http://www.goldderby.com/article/2017/2018-oscar-predictions-best-documentary-feature/

Runtime: 88 minutes

OFFICIAL SELECTION – SF DocFest
OFFICIAL SELECTION – AFI Docs 2017
OFFICIAL SELECTION – Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2017
OFFICIAL SELECTION – Traverse City Film Festival 2017
OFFICIAL SELECTION – Rooftop Films 2017 – Summer Series
OFFICIAL SELECTION – Seattle International Film Festival 2017
OFFICIAL SELECTION – Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival 2017
OFFICIAL SELECTION – BAM Cinématek 2017
OFFICIAL SELECTION – Melbourne International Film Festival
OFFICIAL SELECTION – Hamptons Film Festival 2017
OFFICIAL SELECTION – Chicago International Film Festival
OFFICIAL SELECTION – DTLA Film Festival – Los Angeles
OFFICIAL SELECTION – BUSAN International Film Festival – South Korea

WINNER – Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary Feature
at South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival 2017

WINNER – Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature
at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2017

Background
The Work showcases the unique approach of the non-profit Inside Circle, which helps prisoners and parolees heal from the inside. According to the organization, The Inside Circle Foundation focuses on reducing prison violence, lowering recidivism, and guiding inmates through healing that allows for meaningful lives after release.

Social Media
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Official Website
http://www.theworkfilm.com/

 

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