16 Bars


Rafael 1 Sat, May 5, 2018 6:30 PM
Film Info
Section:Art of Impact
Running Time:93 min.
Premiere Status:World
Director:Sam Bathrick
Producer:Resonant Pictures
Adam Barton
Cinematographer:Alex Cullen
Editor:Al Shurman
Cast:Speech Thomas
Print Source:Sam Bathrick
Note Writer:Lorraine Hess



We celebrate DocLands’ Closing Night with the World Premiere of Sam Bathrick’s transformative film 16 Bars. Todd “Speech” Thomas of activist hip-hop group Arrested Development works in a unique rehabilitation program in Richmond, Virginia, to help prisoners write and record their own songs. The film focuses on four inmates who battle cycles of incarceration and addiction.

“These men are behind bars, but they still have voices,” says Speech. “This music is capturing this moment in time in our country.” The US boasts the highest incarceration rates in the world, and the film humanizes some of the complex issues surrounding America’s broken criminal justice system. Earning their trust, and aided by loving camerawork and superbly produced recording sessions, the filmmakers deftly capture the men’s deepest hopes and fears. Suspense builds as each man works toward freedom in the best way he knows how. WORLD PREMIERE

IN PERSON: Director Sam Bathrick; Editor Al Shurman; DP Alex Cullen; Film Subjects Todd “Speech” Thomas, Teddy Kane, and Loretta Simmons-Jackson

Special performance by Teddy Kane and Speech
PROGRAM $20 / $15 CFI members
PROGRAM & PARTY $35 / $30

9:00-11:00pm | ART WORKS DOWNTOWN
1337 Fourth Street, San Rafael

Additional Information

Sam Bathrick began his career as a refugee caseworker in West Africa, interviewing survivors of war. His work in documentary includes Run for Your Life (producer) a documentary about the enigmatic founder of the NYC Marathon, and PBS travel series Music Voyager (director). In 2017, he directed his first feature documentary, 200 Miles, a Tribeca Film Festival premiere about a seemingly impossible run. Sam currently lives in Brooklyn, and is a father, husband, and partner at Resonant Pictures.