Four Lakota Indian families face the persistent challenges of contemporary reservation life.
A Shakespeare company works within the bars of a Kentucky prison rehearse and perform The Tempest over the course of one year.
Hank Rogerson works primarily with Jilann Spitzmiller, with whom he made Homeland; Our Youth, Our Future; Bless Me with a Good Life; and worked on the Discovery Health Channel series Medical Diary. His past work includes cinematography on Rocks with Wings, a film about… the Navajo Lady Chieftains basketball team and assistant camera work on several films including Surfer Girl, a documentary about the world’s top five women surfers. Hank is also an accomplished actor whose work has appeared on television and in film. His favorite roles include Peter Jones in The Butter and Egg Man, and Pierrot in The Orange Orange.
Jilann Spitzmiller works primarily with Hank Rogerson, with whom she made Homeland; Our Youth, Our Future; Bless Me with a Good Life; and worked on the Discovery Health Channel series Medical Diary. Jilann’s past projects include Hecel Oyakapi: They Tell It This Way,… produced for actor and activist James Cromwell; a music video for Indigo Girls, which is included in their biographical documentary Watershed; and Thoroughbred Pursuit, a documentary about her father Walt Spitzmiller, a world-renowned sports artist. Jilann is also a cinematographer, writer, and painter.
Shakespeare Behind Bars follows the members of an all-male Shakespeare company working within the bars of a Kentucky prison as they rehearse and perform The Tempest over the course of one year. Within the rigid context of prison, Shakespeare's timeless themes provide a catalyst for the inmates to examine their pasts with remarkable candor, testing the power of truth, change, and forgiveness.