The Cayuga Museum will host a new film and guided discussion series titled “Exploring the Prison through Film: A Journey with Dr. Lucien Lombardo.” The series will show four films, each exploring a different theme within the context of imprisonment. Each film will be screened and then followed with a conversation guided by Dr. Lucien Lombardo, who will place the themes of the film in context in penal history.
The series begins on Tuesday, October 18 at 6 pm with the 1932 film “20,000 Years in Sing Sing,” starring Spencer Tracy and Bette Davis. Exploring the theme of managing a prison, this film was loosely based on an influential book by Lewis Lawes, Warden of Sing Sing. Scenes from the movie were filmed at Sing Sing, using real prisoners as extras.
The series continues with “One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich,” exploring the human experience of imprisonment in November, and “Brubaker,” examining the prison reform process in February. The series will conclude with a documentary, “The Last Graduation: The End of College Programs for Prisoners,” in March.
Dr. Lombardo, an Auburn native who began his career as a teacher in Auburn Prison in 1969, went on to a distinguished career in criminal justice academia. His teaching and research have explored the working lives of correctional officers, prison policy processes, collective violence in prisons, the violence process: from suicide to genocide, and violence in the world of children.
All films will be shown in Theater Mack, 203 Genesee Street, Auburn, behind the Cayuga Museum. Admission is $5 Museum members, $7 public.
For more information contact Eileen McHugh, Cayuga Museum, at (315) 253-8051.