The public’s perceptions of PIP is influenced largely by stereotypical mainstream media portrayals of:
1. prison threats,
i.e. Dialogue such as “If you go to jail something violent and sexual will happen to you.”
2. prison situations, and
i.e. New person enters a violent facility where assaults, rapes, and stabbings take place.
3. physical characteristics of people in prison.
i.e. Tattoos, baldheads, huge muscles, and big-black-mean.
The average TV viewer is not presented with honest representations of:
1. who PIP actually are,
i.e. Parents and students vs. murderers and drug dealers.
2. how they productively utilize their prison time, and
i.e. Self-advocating, creating programs inside, maximizing limited resources for professional development, and physical care.
3. the good they are capable of when given fair and equal opportunities.
i.e. College in prison, skills building projects, and transitional support.
Who should apply?
*Teaching artists and Artists working on the film project much reside in New York City.
This is an open call for new and existing artists to submit visual art that articulates the thoughts, experiences, and/or hardships of people doing time and people returning home. Artworks that include themes such as exploitation, abuses, systematic barriers, and the harsh treatment people in prison suffer at the hands of prison administration will be considered first. This exhibit is vital to changing the way the public perceives people who have been incarcerated. More often than not, mainstream media fails to attribute basic human qualities like emotion, empathy, and self-control to people in prison. Instead, they are portrayed as cold, impetuous and barbaric, which is precisely what this project aims to shift in a major way. Artists should be able to express how his or her work advances the mission of the “From the Inside Out” Project.
“From the Inside Out” is a 7-part fictional short-film series designed to re-direct and accurately inform the public’s misperception of people in prison and their challenging transitions back into society. Through seven episodes (parts) this film will explore the personal experiences of 5 primary characters. These characters will be divided as such: 2 female characters, 2 male characters, and 1 transgender character, all with different backgrounds, circumstances and prison experiences. Each character’s story will be based on true events experienced by formerly and currently incarcerated people partnering with TCA. The film sequence will consist of flashbacks and flash forwards that will involve cross-cutting different timelines throughout the short and extended prison sentences of the main characters. Engaging with this film project might involve a small amount of self-reflection that will be important for changing how we, as a society, view people with justice involvement. In addition, this project will explore barriers that stand in the way of people in jail/prison being able to function and exercise healthy self-regulatory living inside prison the same way as people do outside prison, as a means of reentry preparation.
Each year TCA will have two major fundraising events for the FIO project. These fundraising events will include symposiums, musical performances, small theatre performances, and more.