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FILM GUIDE ARCHIVE FEATURE DOCUMENTARY

THE RETURN

TFF 2016 Directed by Kelly Duane de la Vega and Katie Galloway
FILM GUIDE ARCHIVE THE RETURN [TFF 2016]

In 2012, California voters approved Proposition 36, effectively repealing the state's notoriously harsh three-strikes law that had sentenced thousands of nonviolent offenders to a lifetime behind bars. But what does it mean to be released from prison after being sentenced to life? How does one begin to reintegrate into society? The Return depicts the struggles of two newly released former lifers as they deal with restoring relationships, avoiding personal triggers, finding meaningful employment, and managing the mental health problems which had previously contributed to their imprisonment.



Directors Katie Galloway and Kelly Duane de la Vega (Better This World) have created another searing and poignant character study that points to systemic problems with the American justice system. The Return puts a profoundly human face on the massive statistics of imprisoned people in the US.



—Tilson Allen-Merry

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In 2012, California voters approved Proposition 36, effectively repealing the state's notoriously harsh three-strikes law that had sentenced thousands of nonviolent offenders to a lifetime behind bars. But what does it mean to be released from prison after being sentenced to life? How does one begin to reintegrate into society? The Return depicts the struggles of two newly released former lifers as they deal with restoring relationships, avoiding personal triggers, finding meaningful employment, and managing the mental health problems which had previously contributed to their imprisonment.



Directors Katie Galloway and Kelly Duane de la Vega (Better This World) have created another searing and poignant character study that points to systemic problems with the American justice system. The Return puts a profoundly human face on the massive statistics of imprisoned people in the US.



—Tilson Allen-Merry

Film Information
Year: 2016
Length: 84 minutes
Language: English
Country: USA
Premiere: World
Cast & Credits
Director: Kelly Duane de la Vega, Katie Galloway
Screenwriter: Kelly Duane de la Vega, Katie Galloway, Greg O'Toole
Producer: Katie Galloway, Kelly Duane de la Vega, Ariella Ben-Dov
Editor: Greg O'Toole
Cinematographer: Mario Furloni
Executive Producer: Anne Devereaux-Mills
Composer: Tyler Strickland
Co-Producer: Mario Furloni, Becky Korman
Cast: Bilal Chatman, Kenneth Anderson, Monica Grier, Kaylica Anderson, Sam Anderson, Mike Romano, Susan Champion, Judge William Ryan
Contacts

Press Contact
RJ Millard
Obscured Pictures
New York, NY 10011
Phone: 212 620 0727
rj@obscuredpictures.com

Print Source
Loteria Films
Loteria Films & Big Pictures
Berkeley, CA 94710
kelly@loteriafilms.com

Sales Contact
Ariella Ben-Dov
Loteria Films
ariella@loteriafilms.com

About the Director(s)

Katie Galloway and Kelly Duane de la Vega are documentary directors, producers and screenwriters whose work explores the intersections of institutional power, civil and human rights and political activism. Their work has received the WGA's Best Documentary Screenplay Award, Independent Documentary Association’s Creative Achievement Award, Gotham Independent Film’s Best Documentary Award and 7 National Emmy nominations.

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