PBS Premiere: July 8, 2013
Online: Sept. 16, 2014 – Oct. 15, 2014
Herman Wallace may be the longest-serving prisoner in solitary confinement in the United States — he's spent more than 40 years in a 6-by-9-foot cell in Louisiana. Imprisoned in 1967 for a robbery he admits, he was subsequently sentenced to life for a killing he vehemently denies. Herman's House is a moving account of the remarkable expression his struggle found in an unusual project proposed by artist Jackie Sumell. Imagining Wallace's "dream home" began as a game and became an interrogation of justice and punishment in America. The film takes us inside the duo's unlikely 12-year friendship, revealing the transformative power of art. A co-presentation with the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM).
Herman's House (90 min.)
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July 18, 2013
A powerful political subtext...[A] conceptual art piece about confinement, attached to a dual biography of the artist and the prisoner. [Herman] Wallace...grounds this eccentric, often poignant film in an attitude of common sense and stoicism.
—Stephen Holden, The New York Times