In 2013, Michael, Jack, and Paul had each been trapped in solitary confinement cells for decades in a supermax prison. They had never met or spoken a word to one another, but they all arrived at the same decision – a hunger strike – that no one predicted would become the largest in US history. This is the story of how 30,000 people pulled off the extraordinary feat of abolishing the practice of indefinite solitary confinement in California prisons, which had wreaked havoc on a generation of men and their families.
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LUCAS GUILKEY, DIRECTOR/PRODUCER
LUCAS GUILKEY is a journalist and documentary filmmaker based in Oakland, California. His work focuses on power, social movements, democracy, and racial justice. He has produced for AJ+ and Fusion/Splinter, written for Documentary Magazine, and assistant edited on the feature documentaries UNSETTLED: SEEKING REFUGE IN AMERICA and BIAS. He recently completed WHAT HAPPENED TO DUJUAN ARMSTRONG?, a half hour documentary about the coverup of a young man’s death in county jail that was nominated for a SIMA Award, a student BAFTA award, and has screened in festivals across the country. He is currently developing a feature documentary about the California prisoner hunger strikes against indefinite solitary confinement, through a fellowship at the Investigative Reporting Program. He is a graduate of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and Wesleyan University.
JOEBILL MUÑOZ, CO-DIRECTOR/ PRODUCER
JOEBILL MUÑOZ is a Mexican-American documentary filmmaker and a 2020 Sundance Ignite Fellow. His directorial debut, FOLLOW THE SUN, captures the stories of Central Americans making their way to the US through Mexico. FOLLOW THE SUN was released by NBC, screened in festivals across the country, and nominated for the David L. Wolper Student Documentary Award by the IDA. As a producer, cinematographer, and journalist he has worked for Frontline, The Investigative Reporting Program, The Associated Press, KQED, and ESPN. He’s currently an associate producer on a feature documentary in collaboration with Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting. In 2018, he was awarded a fellowship by the Overseas Press Club and the Walter and Betsy Cronkite scholarship. He holds a master’s degree in Documentary Filmmaking from UC Berkeley.