SOLITARY was nominated for TWO Emmys! One for Outstanding Investigative Documentary and one for Outstanding Editing: Documentary by the one-and-only Ben Gold!
Located on an Appalachian mountaintop in Wise County, Va., Red Onion State Prison is a “supermax” facility built to house individual inmates in 8’x10’ solitary-confinement cells, 23 hours a day, for months, years and sometimes decades. Directed and produced by Kristi Jacobson, SOLITARY: Inside Red Onion State Prison explores life on both sides of the bars, raising provocative questions about punishment in America today.
The film was produced by executive producer, David Menschel; producers, Julie Goldman, Katie Mitchell; editor, Ben Gold; director of photography, Nelson Hume; original music, T. Griffin. For HBO: Senior Producer, Nancy Abraham; Executive Producer, Sheila Nevins.
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“The penetrating “Solitary” is a sobering account of life (without parole) inside the Red Onion”
“Deeply disturbing and moving.”
“Intelligent, thoughtful, and tough documentary filmmaking.”
“Refusing to shy away from harsh truths...SOLITARY offers a complicated portrait of 21st-century crime and punishment.”
“An act of wide-ranging compassion.”
In Solitary, Kristi Jacobson Finds that No Matter the Punishment, Humanity Remains , Paste Magazine , February 2017
A New Prison Documentary On HBO Reveals Life In Solitary Confinement , Forbes, February 2017
Documentary Focuses On 'Voicelessness And Helplessness' Of Solitary Confinement , NPR- All Things Considered, February 2017
Documentary examines life inside America's supermax prisons , CBS News, February 2017
Documentary set in Virginia super-max prison makes HBO premiere on Monday , Richmond Times- Dispatch, February 2017
Watch: A New Documentary’s Rare Access Inside Solitary , The Marshall Project , February 2017
A Devastating Look Into Isolation in “Solitary” , Washington Square News , January 2017 .
HBO's Solitary Confinement Documentary Looks Horrifying , Esquire, January 2017
Tribeca Film Fest: Filmmakers Talk Doc ‘Solitary’- Does Solitary Confinement Ever Make Sense? Reel Life With Jane, October 2016
What Living in a bathroom-sized room does to your mind, The Independent, August 2016
A Glimpse Into the Lives of Those Forced into Solitary Confinement, The Innocence Project, July 2016
The AFI DOCS Interview: SOLITARY Director Kristi Jacobson, American Film Institute Magazine, June 2016
Film goes inside Virginia super-max, Bristol Herald Courier, May 2016
‘Solitary’ Tribeca Clip: Time-Stopping All-Access Look Inside A Supermax Prison, Deadline, April 2016
'Solitary' Tribeca Review, The Hollywood Reporter, April 2016
Film Review: 'Solitary', Variety, April 2016
At Tribeca, Journalistic Docs Shine, Documentary Magazine, April 2016
The Best and Worst Documentaries of the Tribeca Film Festival, Flavorwire, April 2016