Join us as we screen the documentary film OUT OF THE BOX: ENDING THE CYCLE OF INCARCERATION with the film's talented, young director, writer and producer Zarko Mladenovic.
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In 2014, the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics reported a 73% reduction in re-arrests in the Eastern District of Missouri which includes St. Louis. As America comes to grips with a profoundly broken criminal justice system that relies on historic levels of mass incarceration - Out of the Box explores a viable model for systemic reform.
The story behind the making of this timely film includes inspiring dedication by a small group of students.
Director and Professor Rift Fournier (1936–2013) was best known for talk shows and episodes of “Charlie’s Angels”, “Highway to Heaven” and “Kojak” among others. In semi-retirement and teaching film near St. Louis, Fournier met an individual who benefited from a program for offenders. Engaged by the story, he developed a plan for this documentary and enlisted his students in the project. He prevailed upon Stacy Keach to provide distinctive narration. A third of the way through production Fournier was diagnosed with cancer, passing away October 6, 2013. Fournier stated that he wanted his students to finish the film.