9/11 Montreal, CA Blue Sunshine
9/17 - 9/23 New York, NY IFC Center
9/17 - 9/23 Austin, TX Alamo Drafthouse
9/27 Las Cruces, NM Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility
9/28 Tempe, AZ Madcap Theatres
9/30 San Francisco, CA Red Vic Movie House
10/4 Bellingham, WA Pickford Cinema
10/5 - 10/7 Seattle, WA Northwest Film Forum
10/7 Tulsa, OK University of Tulsa
10/8 Portand, OR Hollywood Theatre
10/8 - 10/14 Denver, CO Starz Film Center
Babbling Bear’s Blog - 9th Annual deadCENTER Film Festival is here
“Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo” another masterpiece by Bradley Beesley.
The Filmcake - Well Played deadCENTER. Well Played. posted by Dwight
Like in his previous films, Beesley wasn’t interested in lifting these people (in this case, female inmates of the OK Penitentiary) up as heroes or degrading them as villains. Instead, he presents them as unique, often complicated, individuals that just about everybody should be able to relate to. At the same time, he subtly asks us to reexamine our justice system and the war on drugs. Nice work, Beesley.
Two-Headed Blog - Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo posted by Sarah
Beesley has an amazing ability to take what could be easily mockable material (oh, look at the Okie backwoods hicks with their crazy noodling and their prison rodeos) and tell a great story while preserving the human dignity of his subjects. He’s always respectful, never smug or condescending. And in the process of entertaining us with a good tale, he gets us to really care about people we probably wouldn’t be inclined to empathize with ordinarily.
Fortunately, Bradley Beesley’s humanistic “Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo” dignifies the subjects of his documentary—female prisoners.
SXSW 2009: Not Bradley Beesley’s First Rodeo
It’s kind of impossible that it still goes on and unbelievable that it’s allowed, but I don’t necessarily think that’s a bad thing. It just seems like such a throwback, it surprises me that it hasn’t completely shut down.
By Stephen Sait
“It’s as pure a piece of movie-making that you will see in nonfiction in 2009, commercial as hell, and certainly one of the best films of the year.” AJ Schnack
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