Robby Henson received his M.F.A. from New York University’s graduate film school. His films have been seen on PBS, the BBC, at Lincoln Center, the Museum of Modern Art, the Georges Pompidou Center in Paris, and at film festivals in Canada, Ireland, France, Yugoslavia, Australia, and Poland. He has directed over 30 theater productions and has made 5 award winning documentaries shown on PBS including Spalding Gray: A Life in Progress and Troubled Behind, a film about a Southern race riot that was shown at the Sundance Film Festival. Henson’s dramatic first feature Pharaoh’s Army with Academy Award winner Chris Cooper, Academy Nominee Patricia Clarkson, and music legend Kris Kristofferson was released theatrically by Lions Gate Films and was shown on PBS. In 2002, he wrote and directed The Badge, a southern crime drama starring Billy Bob Thornton, Patricia Arquette, Thomas Hayden Church, and Sela Ward for Starz Pictures and Lions Gate Films that was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award (Gay and Lesbian Alliance) and won Best Drama at the Breckinridge Film Festival and Best Feature Film at the Texas Film Festival. He has also directed the thrillers, The Visitation, There, and House for Fox and Lions Gate. He currently teaches media at the University of Kentucky.
America is the world’s largest jailer and our over-burdened corrections system treats individuals as numbers. I Come From focuses on incarcerated poets and playwrights who use the power of creativity to change the direction of their lives. Their poems and plays reflect hard lives lived, tough environments negotiated, and past mistakes made. This film focuses on six incarcerated artists whose work declares a wish, a will to survive, to grow as human beings and embrace an architecture of change.
Thursday, March 9, 2017: Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art/Auburn University, Auburn, AL, 5:00 PM CT
Friday, March 10, 2017: Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, AL, 7:00 PM CT
Monday, March 13, 2017: East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN, 7:00 PM ET
Tuesday, March 14, 2017: Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC, 7:00 PM ET
Wednesday, March 15, 2017: Oxford College of Emory University, Oxford, GA, 7:30 PM ET
Thursday, March 16, 2017: Presbyterian College , Clinton, SC, 7:00 PM ET
Friday, March 17, 2017: Winder Cultural Arts Center, Winder, GA, 7:30 PM ET