September 14, 2017

Director Ben Lear on his documentary They Call Us Monsters

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Director Ben Lear on his documentary They Call Us Monsters which takes a look inside the prison system in Los Angeles as 3 teenagers are tried as adults for violent crimes. Ben shares his thoughts on juvenile justice and the writing program featured in the documentary which plays a key role in the rehabilitation process as the teenagers collaborate on a creative writing project while simultaenously dealing with their impending criminal charges in the court system. We discuss Ben's process for developing and filming the documentary as well as his collaboration with editor Eli B. Despres of the acclaimed doc Weiner. They Call Us Monsters is now available on Netflix! You can learn more about the InsideOut Writers program on their website. http://insideoutwriters.org/

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