MR. WASH

Project
  • Branded
  • Documentary
  • Scripted
Role
  • Cinematographer
  • Director
  • Photographer
  • Producer
THE STORY

Prison has a lot of politics. Art was a neutral zone.

 
Sentenced to life in prison for a minor drug offence, Fulton Leroy Washington turned to painting as a means of expressing himself during his 21 years behind bars. Then, thanks to Barack Obama, he was free. This is his story. 

"These are the stories that I traded my life for, day by day." - Mr. Wash

Despite the nightmare of his two decades in federal custody – accused of a non-violent drug crime, assured of his innocence and sentenced to die in prison under draconian drugs laws – Wash’s creative skill is the film’s impelling peculiarity. His circumstances are ordinary, his talent is not.

The politics of prison are behind him, but the politics of life as a professional artist are a new hurdle. “I’d love to meet other artists and find out what’s going on out here,” he says. “I’m learning a lot about art politics on a day-to-day basis. This is all new to me.”

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