This film could not have been made without the participation of women incarcerated for life in Muncy State Correctional Institution, Pennsylvania, USA. The women in the film represent a mosaic of the stories, experiences, and humanity of those who face life in prison.
In both their diversity, as well as their commonality, they reflect the variety of experience and serve as a cross-section of incarcerated women. Ranging in age, time served, race, belief, and education, they have chosen to make themselves vulnerable to the outside world, as they look back upon their past, welcome us into their present, and hope towards the future.
Nathan Skulstad is a documentary filmmaker and video artist. His work explores the intersections of the sacred and the secular through poetic and intimate portraits of human experience. His films have screened at festivals and art galleries internationally in Mexico, the United States, and Canada. He holds advanced training in documentary media from Capilano University Vancouver, BC and an MFA in Film and Video Production from York University in Toronto, ON. A Canadian Citizen, he currently lives in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where he is an Assistant Professor of Film + Digital Media at Messiah College.
Kathryn M. Whiteley
Kathryn, an Australian, is a criminologist and Associate Professor in Criminal Justice who resides with her husband in Pennsylvania in the United States. She received her Ph.D. from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane, Australia, with a specialization in gender and violent crime. She volunteers as a Pennsylvania Prison Society Official Visitor.
Kathryn continues to visit incarcerated women throughout the world, who are serving lengthy to life sentences, to capture their personal stories. The women are desirous to have their larger life experiences communicated. Through their stories we can come to understand who these women are and how they are moving forward.