SOLITARY Webseries Begins Production
“Action!” on the SOLITARY Set
Think Ten Media Group’s production of its new webseries project, SOLITARY, began on-location yesterday. Directed by Ramon Hamilton and produced by Jennifer Fischer, the series focuses on solitary confinement in America’s prison system. 80,000+ individuals in U.S. prisons currently live in complete isolation, often for years, due to being placed in this status. SOLITARY aims to use storytelling to shed light on this practice in specific and mass incarceration in the U.S. in general and to promote the belief that everyone — including those in prison — deserves to be treated with dignity.
Shooting is taking place in a real prison in Portland, Oregon. According to director Hamilton, the Portland community has been very supportive of the project:
I have to throw a shout out to the city of Portland, OR! Everyone has been extremely hospitable and we have been greeted with nothing but love. It was great meeting crew member Adam Lobaugh last night at the grand opening of a film collaborative here in the city. Really great and supportive indie film scene here. Thanks, Adam for the invite, and thanks Portland for the love and for embracing independent cinema!
The series’ lead actor, William Brown, has spent time in solitary confinement himself while imprisoned at the California Men’s Colony in San Luis Obispo. He plays the role of Marcus Edwards in the series. Check out his recent interview, which author Joe Payne included in his recent New Times’ cover story about SOLITARY.
SOLITARY Anecdote of the Day
From Jen: “Momentary panic when the door to the prison room we were shooting in shut (with cast and many crew members inside) and we thought we didn’t have the keys! Luckily, we did.”
Learn More about SOLITARY
Check out a clip from Ramon’s appearance on the Dr. Vibe show from Dec. 10, 2013, which was International Human Rights Day: