Think Ten Releases “The wHole” Pilot
Think Ten Media Group has released the pilot episode of its new anti-incarceration web series, “The wHole.” A fictional account based on the real-life experiences of prisoners assigned to solitary confinement in U.S. prisons, “The wHole” stars William Brown as Marcus Edwards, a prisoner who is sent to solitary. In the pilot, Marcus endures a humiliating strip search by two corrections officers, Officer Mark O’Conner (co-star Colin Ferguson) and Officer Sinclair (writer-director-producer Ramon Hamilton) before being isolated in a small cell. Deprived of everything that is of meaning to him, he strives courageously to maintain his sanity. He asks for one small, personal object of great significance to him, but instead receives further punishment. How long can any person endure such torment?
To answer this question, Brown delivers an emotionally powerful performance depicting his character’s struggle with the mental, physical, and spiritual torture that is solitary confinement. Yet there are still many unanswered questions raised by this vignette from Marcus’s story. Why was he placed in solitary? Why is he denied any object that might provide even the smallest of comforts? Why is Officer O’Conner so eager to find reasons to give Marcus more time in “the hole”? How can Marcus survive his ordeal? Can anyone help him?
This pilot is a promising start to a cinematic project with an important mission: to raise awareness about the inhumanity of solitary confinement in America’s prisons. Written and directed by Ramon Hamilton and produced by Hamilton and Jennifer Fischer, whose previous work includes the award-winning short film “Smuggled,” this indie project has the support of major organizations, such as Solitary Watch, the ACLU, and Amnesty International. However, it needs the financial support of concerned individuals and groups via crowdfunding to ensure that its message gets out to the widest possible audience.
- Watch the pilot and learn more about “The wHole,” a project whose production (under the working title “Solitary”) last August is chronicled elsewhere on this blog,
- Support the creation of future episodes of “The wHole” via Seed & Spark.
- Keep current with Think Ten Media Group’s projects via Facebook and Twitter. Follow the links on the Think Ten Facebook and Twitter pages to read more about the “The wHole,” including reviews and interviews.
- Follow the creative team of Ramon Hamilton and Jennifer Fischer on Twitter.