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16 Bars (2018)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 15 November 2018 (USA)
Inmates in Virginia attempt to transcend the cycle of recidivism through an unlikely artistic collaboration behind bars with Grammy-winning hip hop artist Todd 'Speech' Thomas.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Speech Thomas Speech Thomas ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Garland T. Carr Garland T. Carr ... Himself
Tennyson Jackson Tennyson Jackson ... Himself
Devonte James Devonte James ... Himself
Anthony Johnston Anthony Johnston ... Himself
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Storyline

16 Bars is an intimate look at the lives of four inmates at the city jail in Richmond, Virginia, who are a part of a unique rehabilitation effort that involves writing and recording original music. The film follows their personal and artistic development as they produce and record with with Grammy- winning recording artist, Todd 'Speech' Thomas, from the hip-hop group Arrested Development. As the creative process unfurls and a chance at freedom draws near, each of these men must unearth painful elements of their pasts, which hold the key to a new chapter in their lives. The story is set in Richmond Virginia, the former seat of the confederacy, where the legacy of systemic racism, a spiraling opioid crisis, generational poverty, and a lack of mental health services have entrapped many of its citizens in a cycle of incarceration- which makes the city itself a unique case study for rising recidivism rates in the U.S. at large. With the U.S. locking up more of its citizens per capita than...

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Plot Keywords:

jail | recidivism | prison | See All (3) »

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One Jail. One Recording Studio. 16 Bars.

Genres:

Documentary

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Official Sites:

Official site | Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 November 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

16 Bars See more »

Filming Locations:

Richmond, Virginia, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$260,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,662, 10 November 2019

Gross USA:

$10,985

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,985
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Resonant Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(original)

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (4K)

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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In 2017, Speech Thomas actually spent a night in jail while filming 16 Bars to get his own sense of the experiences of the documentary subjects the film tracks. See more »

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Shines a light...
15 November 2019 | by justjewdeeSee all my reviews

This film shines a light on a system that needs to change and the hidden talent within that system. Everyone from the staff to the inmates as well as the producers of this gem of a film prove that change is possible!


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