New Films from Bess O’Brien and Jay Craven

 
From the “Coming Home” premiere screening at Main Street Landing in Burlington on October 6th.

From the “Coming Home” premiere screening at Main Street Landing in Burlington on October 6th.

Coming Home

COMING HOME is a documentary film focused on five people returning back to their Vermont communities from prison. The film focuses on the innovative COSA program (Circle of Support and Accountability) that helps reintegrate folks back into their daily lives. The COSA program is run through Vermont’s Community Justice Centers and is part of the restorative justice model. COSA’s are made up of community volunteers who meet once a week with offenders returning back to their towns and cities. The idea of the COSA model is to "walk with a core member as he or she transitions from prison to community." Folks coming out of prison meet once a week for a year with their volunteer group enabling them to create strong bonds of support, friendship, and accountability as they work to become healthy members of society. Prisoners who are often placed in COSA's include sex offenders, drug related criminals, and felons. The rate of recidivism drops when folks are involved with a COSA team. COMING HOME takes an intimate and powerful look at this COSA process, the struggles and challenges of folks coming out of prison and the successes of the restorative justice model.

“Thank you to Bess O’Brien for being Vermont’s storyteller, but even more importantly thank you to Bess for being Vermont’s truth teller.” —Attorney General T.J. Donovan

Listen to Coming Home on Vermont Edition (Vermont Public Radio)

Listen to an interview with Director Bess O’Brien on WDEV.

Read VT Digger’s story on “Coming Home”

Listen to Bess O'Brien talk about "Coming Home" on Chanel 17  with Ed Baker

'Coming Home': Filmmaker explores helping our released prisoners

Attorney General T.J. Donovan praises “Coming Home” and the people in the movie on opening night Oct 6, 2018

Remarks from Tara and Travis opening night

Wetware

WETWARE is a film noir set in a near future where there are tough and tedious jobs that no one wants and people at the end of their rope who will do anything for a sense of security and well-being. Enter Galapagos Wetware, a cutting edge genetic engineering firm where people down-on-their-luck apply to be Mungos—genetically altered humans with enhanced stamina for dreary jobs like street sweeping and slaughterhouses, or arduous jobs in deep sea mining, industrial agriculture, and toxic clean-up. 

With business booming, geneticist Hal Briggs has new ideas for high-end Mungos— for deep cover espionage, space travel and boots-on-the-ground for climate catastrophes and resource wars.  But what can Briggs do to make them complete?  And will these altered prototypes still be considered human?  Briggs experiments, changing the codes.  Then his prototypes escape - and Briggs makes a discovery that changes everything.

CAST INCLUDES:
Cameron Scoggins (The Deuce, Nashville), Morgan Wolk (The Affair, Miles Ahead), Bret Lada (Law and Order), Jerry O’Connell (Stand By Me, Jerry McGuire), Nicole Shalhoub (The Good Wife, Madame Secretary), Aurélia Thiérrée (Aurelia’s Oratorio, Bells and Spells), Matt Salinger (24, Captain America)  Garret Lee Hicks (The Americans), Rusty DeWees (The Logger, A Stranger in the Kingdom), Ariel Zevon (ER, Strong Medicine) and Emmy-winner Gordon Clapp (NYPD Blue).

Scheduled for summer 2019 release. Contact Jay Craven (jcraven@sarahlawrence.edu) for more information.

 
 

Coming Home Screenings

We successfully completed our Vermont tour of Coming Home during the fall of 2018!

The film continues to be booked and here are dates that are confirmed as of now:

Friday, January 4th 6:30 pm - City Hall, Montpelier—Produced by the Montpelier Community Justice Center

Friday, January 11th 6:00 pm - First Universalist Parish in Derby Line

Saturday, January 12th 6:30 pm - St. Johnsbury Athenaeum

Thursday, January 17th 7:00 pm - White River Junction Festival—Briggs Opera House

Donations at the door—not tickets in advance.

Questions email Bess bobrien@pshift.com