A story of a life transformed and a life destroyed, a prominent artist's experience in prison, a legendary painter's success with lifers at San Quentin, a mother's effort to save her son and a corrections officer's use of respect and kindness in his work, all come together to make this a unique and powerful film, one which has never been made before.
Heartfelt stories reveal the horrors and the very dark side of prison then move toward attainable solutions proven to create positive change. Interviewed are former inmates, family members, a former corrections officer, a concerned citizen and three distinguished artists. Woven throughout are striking, sometimes chilling photos of the Santa Fe Penitentiary, art created by inmates, letters written from prison and a memorable soundtrack.
THE LIGHT IN THE SHADOW is expected to reach a national audience, shedding light on a dark subject and inspiring positive change. The film is dedicated to Native American, Leonard Peltier, incarcerated now for [almost] 40 years.