Special Members Premiere Screening, Panel, and Reception

OWN’s Documentary Club: Serving Life

Jul 25, 2011
6:30 PM PT
Los Angeles

NEW DATE: July 25, 2011
6:30 pm Reception
7:30 pm Program

The Paley Center is proud to present this special member’s premiere screening of Serving Life, the first OWN original documentary airing on the network narrated and executive produced by Academy Award–winner Forest Whitaker. The film takes viewers inside Louisiana's maximum security prison at Angola, where the average sentence is more than 90 years. The prisoners within its walls are the worst of the worst—rapists, kidnappers, and murderers. With prison sentences so long, 85 percent will never again live in the outside world. Instead, the will grow old and die in Angola. Serving Life documents an extraordinary hospice program where hardened criminals care for their dying fellow inmates. In doing so, they embark on a journey that may end in personal rehabilitation. "Serving Life reveals the humanity that exists inside each and every one of us," said Whitaker. "In the Angola prison's hospice, we meet inmates who decide to take an opportunity for redemption, reminding us of the connection that exists between each and every human being." The volunteers are trained, pushed, and tested. Some fail, but some succeed and discover that the human touch can reach the soul. "I thought maybe if I helped somebody else," one inmate says, "that would help relieve some of the guilt." 

Following the screening, Forrest Whitaker joins additional members of the creative team for an on stage conversation. A reception, beginning at 6:30 pm, will precede the program.. 

Tickets are free to Paley Center Members, but RSVPs are required.

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Forest Whitaker, Executive Producer and Narrator
Lisa Erspamer, Chief Creative Officer, OWN
Lisa Cohen, Producer, Director, Written By
Nick Stuart, Executive Producer

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