Reviews and Festivals
"A vital and involving portrait...An unsettling snapshot of recidivism and the flaws in America's criminal justice system."
"The movie emphasizes the difficulty of breaking cycles of addiction, crime and incarceration."
-The New York Times
"Exploring cycles of addiction and incarceration through the power of music and storytelling, the inspiring 16 Bars offers a window into rehabilitation."
"Watch this if movies about social justice are what you need."
"Inspiring and hopeful, 16 Bars
has a raw and unforgettable honesty."
-Miami Film Festival
"Electrifying and heartbreaking...A successfully engaging documentary full of great musical performances as Speech mixes and finishes these oral histories into an album that in part will benefit these men in their journey upon reentry...16 Bars offers a collection of heartbreaking stories and, to its credit, refuses to provide easy answers."
-The Film Stage
"Captured the intense emotion and enthralling stores of each inmate who participated."
"Impressive documentary...Illustrates the power of film to educate and motive audiences and, by so doing, to change lives."
"Exploring cycles of addiction and incarceration through the power of music and storytelling, the inspiring documentary 16 Bars offers a window into rehabilitation. I strongly recommend."
-Sheriff Ed Gonzalez, Harris County, Texas
"Should be applauded for its focus on story rather than celebrity...The inmates have valuable stories to tell, and both the events depicted within 16 Bars and the existence of the documentary itself gives these men the agency to be heard. Their stories are beautifully unique, with no one tale feeling redundant, a concept reflected in their respective musical styles...16 Bars presents a convincing case for slowing down and attempting to understand lives foreign to most viewers -- to give these men the time and respect they deserve."
-The Cavalier Daily
Audience Choice, DocLands
Best Documentary, Downtown LA Film Festival
Virginia Film Festival
MKE Film Festival
DTLA Film Festival
Miami Film Festival
Big Sky Film Festival
Human Rights Film Festival