Documentary film program alumni Jeng-Tyng Hong and Matthew Claiborne, both class of 2013, spent their time at Columbia Journalism School working on a short documentary about the use of solitary confinement in New York prisons. They screened their film at the Catskill Mountains Film Festival and their characters use the film to raise awareness about fair treatment in prison.
We interviewed Jeng-Tyng about their film, The Ex-Periment, and what they learned during production.
Director Eugene Jarecki has been mulling over the issues of mass incarceration, the war on drugs, and prejudices in the American legal system for years. His 2012 documentary, "The House I Live In," brings these elements together to take a hard look at what's blocking black progress in America.