21st annual deadCenter Film Festival

Shorts: Crime and Punishment (Available Worldwide)

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The Box is a hybrid short film that combines documentary, stop-motion animation, and cinematic vignettes to immerse our audience in the world of solitary confinement. We interview three people who have spent a combined 9 years in solitary, one of whom is of the two directors of the film, James Burns. All three stories are told at the same time and progressively build onto one another, each subject telling a different chapter from the same book. This is a story about the value of human connection and a group of survivors who lost everything but found light in the darkness. We see how they ended up in solitary, how that experience brought them to the darkest place imaginable, and how they struggled against all odds to find freedom and a meaningful life on the outside.

  • Year
    2020
  • Runtime
    15 minutes
  • Language
    English
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    James Burns, Shal Ngo
  • Screenwriter
    James Burns, Shal Ngo
  • Producer
    Chris Wilson, Jake Ewald, Gabriela Dematteis
  • Cast
    Jack Difalco, Alana Barrett-Adkins, Daniel Danielson, James Burns, Pamela Winn, Daniel Danielson