Praise for Angad Singh Bhalla's HERMAN'S HOUSE
"Although 'Herman's House' has a powerful political subtext, it is best described as a conceptual art piece about confinement, attached to a dual biography of the artist and the prisoner. Mr. Wallace is never shown in the film, but in the recorded conversations, the voice of a man who says, “art is not my thing” grounds this eccentric, often poignant film in an attitude of common sense and stoicism." - Stephen Holden, The New York Times
" Bhalla builds a damning picture, but he avoids pure rant in favor of showing Wallace’s friendship with artist Jackie Sumell. Bhalla’s advocacy gets its force above all from the oddly similar personalities of the two main subjects — Wallace and Sumell — zealous reformers possessed of astonishing optimism, even as Bhalla closes by noting that there are 80,000 prisoners in solitary in the US." - Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post
"Herman's House is a gorgeous, humane, and surprising piece of work."
-Brendan Kiley, The Stranger
"Wallace is never seen but often heard, and his disembodied persona is movingly revitalized by Summell's efforts; against the prospect of unhappy endings, the human spirit still strives." - Zachary Wigon, The Village Voice
"Hugely moving ... a cinematic gem." - Geoff Pevere,The Globe and Mail
"An intriguing tale of a very unusual relationship. Viewers might never get to see Wallace, but by the end of the film, they will feel like they know him — and will hope for his release."
-This Week in New York
"A unique and moving story... inventive, poetic and original." - Ezra Winton, Art Threat
"Creative and heart-affecting. Although Wallace never appears on camera, we gather a vivid sense of his wisdom, patience, courage, equanimity, and positive outlook. 'Herman's House' is an important and inspiring documentary for all those who are concerned about the injustice of solitary confinement and the lock-em-up-and-throw-away-the-key attitude so prevalent in the American prison system. We often forget that there are creative and imaginative ways of bringing about change and transformation in our communities and society at large. 'Herman's House', both the art project and the documentary, do just that with boldness and integrity!" - Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice Magazine
"Wallace emerges as a vivid and remarkably sanguine character. The contrasting demeanors of its two main characters give Herman's House its spark, but the movie has some pungent moments without them." - Mark Jenkins, National Public Radio
"An absorbing, prickly tale." - Jenna Scherer, Time Out New York
"Captivating, compelling, and at turns even devastating and hopeful."
-Kalvin Henely, Slant Magazine
“Films like this are vital to our society.” - Priya Ramanujam, Urbanology