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LOCAL>> 16 Bars – Free Livestream: Filmmaker Q&A and Panel Discussion

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Presented by California Film Institute and Downtown San Rafael Arts District at Streaming Arts

May 27 2020
LOCAL>> 16 Bars – Free Livestream: Filmmaker Q&A and Panel Discussion

Stream on Rafael@Home starting 5/22
Free filmmaker/activist livestream Q&A, 5/27

16 BARS is a feature length music documentary that offers a rare glimpse at the human stories — and songs — that are locked away in our nation’s jails and prisons.

The film follows a unique rehabilitation effort in the Richmond City Justice Center that invites inmates to write and record original music.

In the jail’s makeshift recording studio, 4 men collaborate on an album with a Grammy-winning recording artist, Todd “Speech” Thomas, from the iconic activist hip-hop group Arrested Development.

As the creative process unfurls, each of these men must unearth painful memories from the past, which hold a key to a new chapter in their lives.


Director Sam Bathrick
Film Subject Speech Thomas of Arrested Development
Film Subject Sarah Scarbrough, director and founder of re-entry program Real Life
Re-entry activist and community leader Lyn Twyman, CEO of LASERS

Moderator Steve Michelson, Executive Director, The Fund for Sustainable Tomorrows


Stream movie starting Friday, May 22 (VALID FOR 48 HOURS):
$11 – General
$7 – CFI Members

Filmmaker Livestream Q&A on Wednesday, May 27:

Pre-order e-tickets for 16 BARS and register for the livestream Q&A at

Contact: 415-454-1222


    Official Website

Additional time info:

Livestream Q&A and panel discussion:  5:00 pm


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