Diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy at age 19 months — Jessica took her last steps at three years old, but that didn't keep her from drawing on the walls of her home. Recognizing her talent early on her family encouraged her as artistic talent and today — even as she loses her ability to draw — Jessica keeps finding ways to create. Grounded by Reality gives you a glimpse into Jessica's everyday struggles and her fierce determination to be seen as a whole and vital person through her art making.
With rare access inside Pelican Bay State Prison, we hear inmates' experiences of living in long term solitary confinement. This short documentary offers a visceral snapshot of the day-in-the-life inside one of the most notorious supermax prisons in the U.S.
Alex Landau, who is African American, recalls how he nearly lost his life following a traffic stop with the Denver police. He and his mother, Patsy, who is white, remember that night and how it changed them both forever.