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Pleasantville's Jacob Burns Film Center Screens 'A Dramatic Escape'

Katherine Vockins will host a post-film panel discussion after the Feb. 18 screening of “Dramatic Escape” at the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville.
Katherine Vockins will host a post-film panel discussion after the Feb. 18 screening of “Dramatic Escape” at the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville. Photo Credit: rta-arts.org

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. -- The Westchester Community Foundation will present “Dramatic Escape” at the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville on Feb. 18.

The film, screening at 7 p.m., follows a group of prisoners at Sing Sing Correctional Facility in Ossining as they mount a stage production of “A Few Good Men.”

A post-film panel discussion will take place with Katherine Vockins, Executive Director of Rehabilitation Through the Arts, and Laura Rossi, Executive Director of the Westchester Community Foundation. A reception will follow upstairs in the Jane Peck Gallery. Tickets cost $10 for Jacob Burns Film Center members and $15 for nonmembers.

“Dramatic Escape” transports viewers into the lives of maximum-security prisoners and their transforming experience in the Rehabilitation Through the Arts (RTA) program at Sing Sing. Through creative expression in theater, dance, voice, writing, and visual art, the RTA program gives the men the opportunity to learn social and cognitive skills that act as a springboard to education, family reconciliation, and ultimately, successful re-integration into community life.

Along the way, the men reveal their personal stories and everyday struggles, and contemplate whether redemption is possible.

“Dramatic Escape” is the 20th film in the popular Community Matters series, a partnership between the Westchester Community Foundation and the Jacob Burns Film Center that aims to provide a forum for civil, civic dialogue on difficult topics.

For additional information visit Jacob Burns Film Center’s website.

Jacob Burns Film Center is located at 364 Manville Road, Pleasantville.

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