Media for a Just Society Award Honorees Go Nationwide
Two films recognized by the 2017 Media for a Just Society Awards will have their national TV premieres in April as part of the America ReFramed series on WORLD Channel. MILWAUKEE 53206, which received the Media for a Just Society Award in the film category, will premiere Tuesday, April 3, at 8:00 p.m. ET. Beyond the Wall, a finalist in the TV/video category, will be broadcast the following Tuesday, April 10, also at 8:00 p.m. ET.
Before the premieres, a live Facebook event will feature directors of both films plus the director of The Corridor, the third film in the series, on Monday, April 2, at 3:00 p.m. ET. This event will offer the opportunity to preview the films and hear the directors speak.
NCCD recognized both MILWAUKEE 53206, directed by Keith McQuirter, and Beyond the Wall, directed by Jenny Phillips, for humanizing individuals caught up in the criminal justice system and telling their personal stories. However, the filmmakers have done much more than create compelling films: They are using their films to campaign for reform.
The website for MILWAUKEE 53206 encourages groups to screen the film as a way to educate and activate viewers on the topic of mass incarceration, with toolkits available for the screenings. The website also includes ideas for continuing the conversation about mass incarceration via social media and getting involved in other ways.
The creators of Beyond the Wall designed a 12-session curriculum titled “Getting Beyond the Wall” to complement the film and help incarcerated individuals prepare for reentry.
After Tuesday's TV premiere, MILWAUKEE 53206 will stream free online for 90 days beginning April 4 here.
“This film is going to face the world in a whole new way as the masses will finally have access to it,” McQuirter told NCCD. “I hope it will continue to open dialogue and move people to action.”