“O.G.” was shot at Indiana’s Pendleton Correction Facility and stars Jeffrey Wright.
Tribeca Film Festival via AP
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More than 120 incarcerated men and dozens of prison guards play roles large and small in Madeleine Sackler's "O.G.," a drama believed to be the first fiction film ever made entirely within the walls of a maximum security prison.Sackler said in an interview over coffee shortly before the film's premiere at Tribeca.Sackler's first time visiting – and shooting in – a prison was while making her 2010 breakthrough documentary "The Lottery," about charter schools in New York City.To steal or distort the stories of the incarcerated for crime shows and action films, Sackler believes, is one further injustice in a dehumanizing system predicated on punishment rather than – as is the practice in some other countries – rehabilitation.It took a few dozen phone calls to find a prison system willing to allow Sackler – and a crew of up to 30 – to shoot on their grounds.She showed them documentaries like "Grizzly Man" and "Murderball" and encouraged them to use the documentary process to share with each other their own stories. The inmates took turns on both sides of the camera describing their paths to prison. Sackler shares directing credit on the documentary with the 13 participating inmates.Sackler and crew were locked out one day. Asked what the incarcerated men brought to the film, Sackler replied, "Truth".
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