Echoes of Incarceration is an award-winning documentary initiative produced by youth with incarcerated parents.  The project explores the issue of mass incarceration and its effects on families, and creates documentary films told from the life experiences of the filmmakers themselves.

The project seeks to train and empower young people to tell their stories and advocate for change.  We create films both for general audiences as well as specific training and advocacy tools for stakeholders. To date, our films have screened thousands of times in universities, prisons, and national conferences, we’ve partnered with Sesame Street, Upworthy, and screened our work at the White House.

The project is a collaboration between filmmaker Jeremy Robins and a group of non-profit organizations and advocates around the country.  The process starts with intensive filmmaking and advocacy training for youth age 16-22.  The crew then launches into production of documentary films under the guidance of a team of professional filmmakers and experts in the field of criminal justice.

The ultimate goal is to give voice to one of the largest and most invisible social issues of our times, and to harness the intelligence, energy, and creativity of young people to rethink our understandings of crime and punishment.

Phase 1:

The first “Echoes” film was created in collaboration with the CUNY Graduate Center in a Ford Foundation-funded project in 2009.  The film has been used by advocates and educators around the country, and traveled around the country and internationally as a part of the Media that Matters Film Festival.

Phase 2:

In 2013 we launched a second phase to create a series of short films that correspond to the Bill of Rights for Children with Incarcerated Parents (created by the San Francisco Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnership).

Phase 3:

Eventually we’re looking to nurture a crew of highly-trained young filmmakers and embark on a large scale documentary on the issues of justice, prison reform, and families of the incarcerated around the country.