Herman Wallace may be the longest-serving prisoner in solitary confinement in the United States-he’s spent more than 40 years in a 6-by-9-foot cell in Louisiana. Imprisoned in 1967 for a robbery he admits, he was subsequently sentenced to life for a killing he vehemently denies.
Herman’s House is a moving account of the remarkable expression his struggle found in an unusual project proposed by artist Jackie Sumell. Imagining Wallace’s “dream home” began as a game and became an interrogation of justice and punishment in America. The film takes us inside the duo’s unlikely 12-year friendship, revealing the transformative power of art.
“Powerful... Poignant.”- The New York Times
“A unique and moving story...inventive, poetic and original.”- Art Threat
“Wallace’s disembodied persona is movingly revitalized... against the prospect of unhappy endings, the human spirit still strives." - The Village Voice
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