Film
SPECIAL SCREENINGS

IT'S A HARD TRUTH AIN'T IT

Directed by Madeleine Sackler
FEATURE DOCUMENTARY 75 Minutes World Premiere
FILM GUIDE IT'S A HARD TRUTH AIN'T IT
It’s a Hard Truth, Ain’t It is an affecting and enlightening glimpse at the stories of thirteen incarcerated men imprisoned at the Pendelton Correctional Facility in Indiana. Over a weeklong workshop inside the prison, filmmaker Madeleine Sackler, who is also at Tribeca this year with O.G., a drama inspired by the work she did on this documentary, introduces the inmates to the art of filmmaking. She shows them movies they’ve never seen—Grizzly Man proves a particular highlight for the group—and provides them with camera equipment so that they can interview each other, offering them a platform to tell their own stories. In their resulting projects, the men candidly share their personal histories and provide accounts of the crimes they’ve committed. Their testimonies are visualized through animated sequences, illustrated by the gifted Yoni Goodman of Waltz with Bashir, providing the viewer with remarkable access into their inner worlds. The result is a complex and vivid tapestry of individual experiences that, when woven together, elucidate the shared narratives of the 2.2 million people currently in prison in the United States.

—Shayna Weingast.

After the screening: a conversation with the director and social justice advocates.
Documentary, Female Director(s), Tribeca Film Festival Alumni
About the Director(s)
Madeleine Sackler is an Emmy®-winning director and producer based in New York City and Los Angeles. Sackler's films include 2010’s The Lottery, 2013’s Dangerous Acts Starring the Unstable Elements of Belarus, and the upcoming Tribeca premieres O.G. and It's a Hard Truth, Ain't It.

Film Info
  • Section:
    Special Screenings
  • Year:
    2018
  • Length:
    75 minutes
  • Language:
    English
  • Country:
    USA
  • Premiere:
    World
  • Connect:
Cast & Credits
  • Composer:
    Andrew Hollander
  • Cinematographer:
    Wolfgang Held
  • Producer:
    Stacey Reiss, Madeleine Sackler
  • Executive Producer:
    Sharon Chang, Mark Steele
  • Animator:
    Yoni Goodman
  • Editor:
    Leigh Johnson
  • Director:
    Madeleine Sackler, and thirteen men incarcerated at the Pendleton Correctional Facility in Pendleton, Indiana

Contacts
  • Press Contact
    Scott Feinstein
    42West
    New York, New York 10016
    Phone: 212 774 3684
    Jordan.Schlesinger@42West.net
  • International Sales Contact
    Nick Ogiony
    Creative Artists Agency
    Los Angeles, CA 90067
    Phone: 424 288 2000
    filmsales@caa.com
  • US Sales Contact
    Nick Ogiony
    Creative Artists Agency
    Los Angeles, CA 90067
    Phone: 424 288 2000
    filmsales@caa.com
  • Print Source
    Mark Steele
    OG Film
    Minneapolis, MN 55406
    Phone: 612 868 8336
    steelemark@gmail.com