The Marshall Project launches a new series with a companion piece to The Pushouts

The Pushouts' director Katie Galloway launches VIEWFINDER, short form documentary series offering fresh perspectives on criminal justice issues. The new series by The Marshall Project highlights experiences of individuals affected by the prison system. The first short in the series, "HOT CHICKEN, FAIR CHANCE," focuses on Hot Chicken Takeover, an Ohio-based friend chicken restaurant that hires those affected by an incarceration history. The film highlights the need to give the formerly incarcerated a fair chance and illuminates how and why that policy is not, as Deloss says, "a warm, fuzzy policy but a business strategy." The piece focuses on the other end of the SCHOOL-TO-PRISON PIPELINE, from THE RETURN - featuring those being released from prison who, in balance, struggle mightily to find work.

This project could have not seen daylight without the support of Genevieve Martin & Dave's Killer Bread Foundation, who helped hatch the idea; The Marshall Project & USA TODAY who provided the platform to take this story nationwide; The Fledgling Fund which has stood with The Return Project us as partners and supporters for years; and many thanks to cut50's Alex Gudich, Bilal Kevin ChatmanThe Last Mile, Josh from Virgin, Jena Wuu and Uber. Of course the piece wouldn't have happened without the patience and talents of Joe DeLossShannon Wilson, Joseph Greene, Mariana PriceKadri KoopLauren Knapp and Jonathan Zalben. Thank you! 

Read there entire article and watch the film HERE!

Katie Galloway

KATIE GALLOWAY, founder and principal of BIG PICTURES, is a documentary filmmaker, investigative reporter & impact producer whose work explores the intersections of institutional power, civil & human rights and political activism. Her feature documentary THE RETURN (POV, 2016) the third in her trilogy on the 21st century American justice system, follows the release of thousands of “lifers” after a historic reform as a way of investigating the question of how to undo mass incarceration. BETTER THIS WORLD (POV, 2011) follows the case of young friends from Midland, Texas, charged with domestic terrorism after being radicalized by a charismatic activist-mentor/undercover FBI informant. PRISON TOWN, USA (POV, 2007) looks at the impact of the incarceration boom on rural America through Susanville, California, a town with more prisoners than free people. Galloway's award winning feature documentary THE PUSHOUTS (Fall 2019, national PBS and part Sundance's Stories of Change Initiative) is a bookend to THE RETURN at the other end of the school-to-prison pipeline -- a personal story of mentorship and resilience unfolding over 25 years. Galloway's other work includes the feature documentary EL POETA (VOCES, 2015) which follows a spontaneous uprising against Mexico's violent drug war (and its US roots) sparked by the murder of a poet's son; a trio of films on the justice system for PBS FRONTLINE (SNITCH, THE CASE FOR INNOCENCE and REQUIEM FOR FRANK LEE SMITH); several radio documentaries, and a body of short format work that has screened in festivals internationally and as part of the New York Times Op-Docs series, Field of Vision, Mother Jones, USA Today, This Week Tonight with Jon Oliver, The Marshall Project and others. Her films have screened at NY MoMA's Director's Fortnight, Lincoln Center, on Capitol Hill and with top festivals and broadcasters internationally. Her awards and honors include the Writer’s Guild of America’s Best Documentary Screenplay Award, Gotham Independent Film’s Best Documentary Award, 5 national Emmy nominations, an IDA Creative Achievement Award, Best Doc prizes at San Francisco International, Tribeca, Sarasota & Human Rights Watch festivals and many more. A recent Sundance Institute Fellow and Fledgling Fund Fellow, Galloway has also held fellowships at HBO/Film Independent, with Sundance/Women-In-Film's Women's Initiative and was the Filmmaker-in-Residence at UC Berkeley’s Investigative Reporting Program. She has taught doc filmmaking, history and theory at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, where she hold's a Master's, and in Media Studies at UC Berkeley, where she holds a Ph.D. in Politics.  An Oakland native, she lives and works in Berkeley.