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*POSTPONED* Between and Behind Bars: A Movie Crush Varietal (short films) March 28, 2020 @ 7:00 pm

This event is being postponed due to the efforts to slow the COVID-19 coronavirus. Patrons with tickets will be contacted directly as soon as possible, once new dates are in place.

Join us for an evening of harmony and discord: two blocks of short films, focused first on music and its healing powers, followed by an examination of incarceration and its lasting impacts. Each hour-long block will contain short films in a variety of genres: narratives, documentaries, animation, and music videos, forming a visual mixtape for all tastes and temperaments.


Music has the power to unite us, a language understood by all, even if the lyrics don’t always translate. In this tuneful hour, you’ll hear how music functions, how a band dysfunctions, how a late rocker takes inspiration, how an educator provides inspiration, how a cassette offers escape and how a playlist alters our emotional states.


America has the highest incarceration rate in the world, warehousing 716 of every 100,000 citizens. The US represents only 4.4%  of global population, yet comprises 22% of the global prison population. While justice must be served out, how punishment is doled out is debatable. This powerful package explores the effects of imprisonment on felons, families and democracy. In this hour, you’ll see how our penal system treats jailed mothers, ex-offenders, future voters and death row inmates. The truth shall set us free?

Admission to this event is at the door by donation, with proceeds going to Walla Walla Music Organization and the Post-Prison Education Program. Let your friends on Facebook know you are going and invite them to join you!

The annual Walla Walla Movie Crush celebrates the most intoxicating blend of American short film over the course of three days each July at Gesa Power House Theatre. The festival showcases narratives, documentaries, animation, music videos and experimental films grouped in themed packages.

The Walla Walla Music Organization brings opportunities for creative expression through audio education to Walla Walla’s youth.  The organization provides the guidance and support students need to be successful in the field of music production, while also unlocking confidence in their abilities and dreams.

Founded in 2005, the Post-Prison Education Program is the only program in Washington State that offers wrap-around services to releasing prisoners and their families in conjunction with providing them access, support, and the resources to attain post-secondary education. The program offers hope and creates opportunity for people returning to society by providing access to higher education. Imprisoned and formerly imprisoned people are offered the tools and human support they need to find gainful, meaningful employment, and break free from cycles of hopelessness, poverty, and imprisonment and become leaders for change.

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