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The Interview

Short Film Screening and Panel Discussion

Little Theatre 1

240 East Ave, Rochester, NY 14604

FREE admission. Advance registration is requested, but not required. Seating is general admission, first-come, first-served.


IMPORTANT: Proof of vaccination (along with photo ID) and a mask are REQUIRED to attend this event. Please read our updated COVID Safety Guidelines for full details.


For incarcerated people serving life sentences in New York State, the parole board is their only hope of release. But how do you convince a group of strangers that you are more than the worst thing you ever did? Using direct-to-camera interviews, expressionistic graphics, and archival, THE INTERVIEW invites viewers to confront their own feelings about justice and mercy, while revealing the heavy toll our current system takes on incarcerated people and their families.

The film will be followed by a live panel discussion.

21 mins  |  Documentary / Drama  |  2021  |  USA
English | Unrated

Directed by Jon Miller & Zach Russo


Community Partners

Voices Of Community Activists & Leaders (VOCAL-NY

VOCAL-NY is a statewide grassroots membership organization that builds power among low-income people affected by HIV/AIDS, the drug war, mass incarceration, and homelessness in order to create healthy and just communities. We accomplish this through community organizing, leadership development, advocacy, direct services, participatory research and direct action.

Release Aging People in Prison (RAPP)

The Release Aging People in Prison/RAPP Campaign is a grassroots advocacy organization created and led by formerly incarcerated people and family members of people in prison. We work to end mass incarceration and promote racial justice through the release of aging people in prison and those serving long sentences. We work to dismantle the racist policies of mass incarceration by expanding the use of parole, compassionate release, clemency, and other forms of release in New York State.

Rochester Alliance of Communities Transforming Society (ROC ACTS)

Rochester Alliance of Communities Transforming Society, Inc. (RocACTS) is an interfaith community organizing project of multi-racial, interfaith, urban and suburban congregations and groups that will train and empower citizens to create systemic change and shape the political, social and economic decisions that impact their lives. We seek to build relationships and to build trust.

Citizen Action
Citizen Action of NY

Citizen Action of NY envisions a world where every person’s basic needs are met. Our goal is to create a world in which housing is a human right and every child has access to a quality education regardless of race or socioeconomic status. We also aim to ensure that all human rights are protected and equally granted to all.

Showing Up for Racial Justice – Rochester NY (SURJ ROC)

As a chapter of the national SURJ organization, SURJ ROC’s purpose is to support the missions of People of Color-led racial justice groups in the Rochester area in their fight against oppression and inequality. We educate white people about privilege and white supremacy and organize white people to act for racial justice with passion and accountability.

Free The People Roc

FTPROC is an abolitionist, anti-capitalist organization working to change the material conditions of oppressed people through leadership development, political education, organizing, and providing direct services to ensure that community members have access to food, housing, healthcare and mental wellness. We believe that meeting people’s material needs prevents harm, creates safety, and are necessary actions in making police and prisons obsolete.

NY Working Families Party

The Working Families Party is leading the fight for social, racial, and economic justice in New York state. By pushing for progressive legislation and by also training, recruiting and supporting progressive leaders to run for office, we form a unique bridge between progressive activism and electoral success.