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St. Louis International Film Festival: 'Out of the Box: Ending the Cycle of Incarceration'

Friday, 04 November, 2016

Saint Louis University is a sponsor of the St. Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF) and will serve as a venue for a number of film screenings. All events are free and open to the public.

'Out of the Box: Ending the Cycle of Incarceration' will take place at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 4, in the Center for Global Citizenzhip auditorium.

About the film:
Rift Fourniet, Zatko Miadenovic and Nenad Simic, U.S., 2015, 84 mm.
In the spring of 2000, the federal judges of the Eastern District of Missouri selected Doug Burns as the new chief probation officer and charged him with reversing a potentially dangerous trend: At the time, the district exceeded by 30 percent the national federal average for parole revocations. Burns began with three goals: diversify the office, start a jobs program, and offer cognitive-skills therapy to help ex-offenders learn how to make better choices. After overcoming some initial resistance by senior staff, Burns has helped transform the district into the model for a successful supervised-release program. “Out of the Box” - which features narration by Stacy Keach - tells the personal stories behind these innovations, including the unprecedented hiring of an ex-con, Clark Porter, to serve as a program support specialist in the office. It should be noted that, for faithful SLIFF attendees, “Out of the Box” may seem familiar. The film was the final project of Hollywood screenwriter and Lindenwood U. faculty member Rift Fournier, who finished a cut of the film just before his death in October 2013. SLIFF presented Rift’s 50-minute version of the documentary that year, but his former students, Zarko Mladenovic and Nenad Simic, continued to shoot new footage and add context. SLIFF is pleased to present the completed work. With co-directors Miadenovic and Simic, and subjects Scott Anders, Doug Burns, Clark Porter, and Michael Wolff (dean of Saint Louis University School of Law).