16 Bars

Todd “Speech” Thomas, a member of the iconic hip-hop group Arrested Development, spends 10 days working as part of a unique rehabilitation program in Richmond, VA, working to allow prisoners to write and record their own songs. Putting a human face on America's omnipresent incarceration woes, 16 Bars shows the value of artistic catharsis for these inmates as they contend with painful memories in order to have a future in this gripping and intimate look at a unique form of prison reform.


Sponsored by Oyvind and Susan Lubar Solvang and Growing Minds 

Community Partners: Project Return, Clean Slate MKE, Dope Folks Records


About Milwaukee Film

Milwaukee Film is a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to entertaining, educating, and engaging our community through cinematic experiences. We operate the magnificent Oriental Theatre, a historic cinema palace committed to high-quality and accessible film and education programming. Since 2009, the annual Milwaukee Film Festival has brought together film fans and filmmakers to celebrate the power of cinema. Our education programs and Cultures and Communities platform provide avenues toward making our community a more empathetic and equitable place for everyone to live.

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