Sons & Daughters of the Incarcerated

April 21, 2017

Sons and Daughters of the Incarcerated is a feature documentary that explores parental incarceration through the eyes of three boys – Tre, Maison, and Dasan. Following their interweaving trajectories through boyhoods marked by the criminal justice system and told directly through the child’s perspective, the film unveils the challenges of growing up and what it means to become a man in America. Documentary filmmakers Rebecca Stern and Denali Tiller join Deputy Superintendent of the Rhode Island Training School Peter Slom in conversation about the prison system’s effect on the incarcerated and their children.


Rebecca Stern has worked for four years in documentary producing, impact marketing, and distribution. She was the Associate Producer on The Bomb, an innovative installation and film experience which premiered as the Closing Night Event of the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival; the Production Coordinator for Academy-Award nominated documentary Cartel Land, which premiered at Sundance 2015; and the Campaign Coordinator for the film Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare. As a Manager for the development and implementation of film campaigns with the firm, Picture Motion, her work has brought numerous awards and national notoriety.

Director/Producer Denali Tiller is a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design. Her thesis film received notable praise, shortlisted for the BAFTA Student Film Awards and featured on Rhode Island PBS. In 2015, she was named one of 110 “filmmakers to watch” by Variety Magazine. As an educator and research assistant, Denali has developed new forms of narrative research within both the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and New York University. Sons and Daughters of the Incarcerated is Denali’s feature filmmaking debut, which exhibits her unique ability for empathy with particular interest in children and youth advocacy.

Peter Slom is the Deputy Superintendent of the Rhode Island Training School, the State’s juvenile correctional facility. As a formerly incarcerated individual who served time briefly on drug-related charges, his time in prison inspired him to influence the lives of other ex-offenders, substance abusers, families, and victims upon his release in 1992. Peter went on to earn a Masters of Social Work from Rhode Island College and become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. In 2004-06, he chaired the “Right to Vote” campaign that successfully gave those individuals on probation and parole the right to vote in elections. Peter has worked at the Training School in a variety of capacities for over 20 years, including Unit Manager and Clinical Social Worker, and continues to serve on numerous boards and committees around Rhode Island.

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Categories: Social Justice