Coming Home

Coming Home

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The Coming Home dvd is available for the following uses:

$20 - personal private use ONLY
$65 - Public Libraries
$100 - all other institutions, corporations, schools, colleges, universities, and social services agencies.

For public screenings rights and appearances by the Director please conact Bess O’Brien at email Bess. You can also use our Booking Form by clicking HERE

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Produced and Directed by Bess O’Brien
1 hour 30 minutes

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 is a film that 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.

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

Tour Dates

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