250 attend Community Matters series launch

More than 250 people attended Thursday's Community Matters film "Dramatic Escape" at the Jacob Burns Film Center. The film was the 20th in our popular film series, which uses documentaries as a springboard into in-depth discussions about issues in our communities. "Dramatic Escape" follows a group of maximum security prisoners who are attempting to mount a stage production of "A Few Good Men" as a part of the Rehabilitation Through the Arts program at Sing Sing Correctional Facility in Ossining.

A post-film panel discussion centered on the power of the arts to offer rehabilitation and redemption. The panel featured Katherine Vockins, executive director of Rehabilitation Through the Arts, Laura Rossi, executive director of the Westchester Community Foundation, and a former participant in RTA's programs. In the photo above are the director of the film, Nick Quested, Foundation director Laura Rossi, RTA executive director Katherine Vockins, four former RTA participants, and Edie Demas, Jacob Burns executive director.

Filmgoers had the opportunity to respond to the film's powerful impact by writing messages to incarcerated men at Sing Sing on a message wall upstairs in the Jack Peck Gallery. Dozens of comments and questions were posted; they will be delivered to Sing Sing this week.


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