Turn the Page

Turn the Page

Sat, 03/10/2018 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

An inmate recording her reading

Credit: Julie Gelfand 

See how one community is transforming the issues of parents imprisoned, children left behind, and the role of literacy.

In the United States more than two million Americans are in prison, and half of those inmates have children under the age of 18. That means one in 28 children in the U.S. has a parent that is incarcerated. A new documentary by Rochester filmmaker Linda Moroney shares the incredible story of how a group of volunteers are helping inmates at Ontario County Jail stay connected with their children through the Storybook Project. Turn the Page airs Saturday, March 10, 2018 at  3 p.m. on WXXI-WORLD.

After reading about The Storybook Project in a local publication, Moroney wanted to meet the project founder Claire Kremer and learn more about this program, where incarcerated parents record themselves reading children’s books. These ‘bedtime stories,’ the recording and the books, are then sent to the inmate’s child, which may be the child's only chance to hear their parent's voice during their period of separation.

Turn the Page takes viewers on this incredible journey by blending observational storytelling with traditional interviews. It also incorporates whimsical animation created by Emily Hubley, who has been making short animated films and high profile commissions for more than 30 years. Moroney and her production partners Ray Manard and Don Casper spent more than six years capturing inmate stories, visiting their families, and interviewing experts for this documentary.

Turn the Page Trailer from Linda Moroney on Vimeo.

Support for Turn the Page is provided by The Marie C. & Joseph C. Wilson Foundation, The Sea Stone Foundation, and The Seeds of Peace Fund with production support provided by Crystal Pix. WXXI serves as the presenting station for Turn the Page.