Still from HERMAN'S HOUSE
Still from HERMAN'S HOUSE
 

Herman’s House

by Angad Bhalla
A compelling doc about an artist who won't give up on the dreams of America's longest serving solitary confinement prisoner, Black Panther Herman Wallace.
2012  ·  1h21m  ·  Canada
English
About the Film
The injustice of solitary confinement and the transformative power of art are explored in Herman’s House, a feature documentary that follows the unlikely friendship between a New York artist and one of America’s most famous inmates as they collaborate on an acclaimed art project. In 1972, New Orleans native Herman Joshua Wallace (b. 1941) was serving a 25-year sentence for bank robbery when he was accused of murdering an Angola Prison guard and thrown into solitary confinement. Many believed him wrongfully convicted. Appeals were made but Herman remained in jail and—to increasingly widespread outrage—in solitary. Years passed with one day much like the next. Then in 2001 Herman received a perspectiveshifting letter from a Jackie Sumell, a young art student, who posed the provocative question: What kind of house dows a man who has lived in a six-foot-by-nine-foot cell for 30 years dream of?
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Editor
Ricardo Acosta
Cinematographer
Iris Ng
Producer
Lisa Valencia-Svensson
Sound Editor
Daniel Pellerin
Soundtrack Composer
Ken Myhr
Animator
Nicolas Brault
Writer
Angad Bhalla
Production Company
Storyline Entertainment
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About the Director

Angad Bhalla

Angad uses film to highlight voices we rarely hear. After spending months with Indian villagers who had been resisting an alumina project backed by Alcan, a Canadian-based company, Angad produced his first independent film, U.A.I.L. Go Back. It was used widely as an organizational tool and led Alcan to end – from the film’s pressure – its involvement in the project.

Passionate about using media as a tool for social change, Angad has since produced videos for groups including the Service Employees International Union, Human Rights Watch, and The Center for Constitutional Rights.His award-winning short, Writings on the Wall – featuring the lives of Indian street artists – garnered Angad a Silver Remi Award (Worldfest Houston) and a Bronze Plaque (Columbus International Film Festival) – was broadcast on PBS, Bravo!(Canada), and Al Jazeera (English).

He worked with the New Sanctuary Movement as a community organizer for immigrant rights, and contributed to the editing of several broadcast documentaries, including Chichester’s Choice, and Tootie’s Last Suit.Angad has just completed the feature length documentary Herman’s House, which had its sneak preview at the 2012 True/False Film Festival, and which will have its World Premiere at Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. The film was produced in association with the Ford Foundation JustFilms Initiative, and participated in two labs at the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program. Angad is currently in production with the National Film Board of Canada on the related interactive documentary, Inside Herman’s House.

 

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