A 10-episode web series and a 30-minute documentary, both titled Artists in Absentia, tell the story of inmates at a Wisconsin minimum-security prison who create a multi-media exhibition for public libraries with the help of volunteers from the surrounding community. Find the web series links below. Winner of the Voiceless International Film Festival’s Best Documentary Award, Artists In Absentia is also an official selection of the (In)Justice For All, NYC Short Documentary, Auroville, Near Nazareth, Red Phoenix Underground, Shawnee Shorts Midwestern and Milwaukee Critical Edge film festivals. Project website. Press. Trailer.
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Artists in Absentia, Episode 1, “Good Bye.”
Two musicians rock on in the opening act of the series.
Artists in Absentia, Episode 2, “Words & Music.”
Poetry and guitar improvisations gently blend.
Artists in Absentia, Episode 3, “Drama Class.”
We begin with an acting warm-up and end with a short play.
Artists in Absentia, Episode 4, “Artists Explain.”
Three men offer insight into their artwork.
Artists in Absentia, Episode 5, “Musica y Arte.”
Spanish hip hop performers share the screen with four artists.
Artists in Absentia, Episode 6, “Drama Class 2.”
Another acting warm-up, another short play.
Artists in Absentia, Episode 7, “Intros.”
Composers introduce their songs.
Artists in Absentia, Episode 8, “9 Guitars & a Drum Kit.”
In the spirit of inclusion, we offer this sampler.
Artists in Absentia, Episode 9, “Emblem of Allegiance.”
A composer musically thanks his volunteer teachers.
Artists in Absentia, Episode 10, “The Opening.”
The public packs The Bubbler for the exhibition’s opening.