Hidden Lives Illuminated offers a rare look into daily life inside America’s correctional system through newly commissioned, animated short films created by currently-incarcerated artists. The films will be projected onto Eastern State’s façade each night for one month, offering an intimate glimpse behind the walls of America's correctional system in the voices of the people who live and work there. Screenings are free and open to the public and occur three times nightly at 7 pm, 8 pm, and 9 pm, rain or shine.
Each screening will feature approximately five films that address a common theme. This theme, and the films featured, will change weekly. Nightly speakers, community meetings and performances accompany the films, and hands-on activities will invite engagement with the issues. The project will culminate in a one-night festival on September 12 during which all twenty films will be screened on Eastern State's façade while a documentary about the artists plays inside the historic site’s cellblocks.
Hidden Lives Illuminated has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage