They Call Us Monsters – Juvenile Prisoners Write Film – Clip

  • Clip (0:01:39) | IN Dramatic
    Premiere: 5/22/2017

In this scene from the Independent Lens film They Call Us Monsters, filmmaker Gabe Cowan (producer of Cheap Thrills and Just Before I Go) introduces us to the screenwriting class he teaches to a group of incarcerated teen boys housed at a Los Angeles facility for juveniles tried as adults. While they can’t physically leave, these young men can imagine their stories on screen, and we see a scene from this autobiographical film-within-the-film unfold as they brainstorm it. The idea is that they come up with the characters and the story, and Cowan will shoot their film. “What else are they gonna do for the next 90 years?” Cowan wonders.

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