April 30, 2013

PSC to screen 'The House I Live In'


---- — PLATTSBURGH — Producer Christopher St. John will facilitate discussion after a screening of his critically acclaimed documentary “The House I Live In,” set for Wednesday at SUNY Plattsburgh.

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, the documentary “offers a detailed, all-encompassing portrait of the impact and depth of the United States’ war on drugs,” says a press release from the college’s Center for Diversity, Pluralism and Inclusion.

The center and co-sponsors are hosting the screening from 6 to 9 p.m. in E. Glenn Giltz Auditorium at Hawkins Hall on campus. 

St. John, now director of content at Charlotte Street Films in New York City, will help present the film and facilitate the discussion afterward.

He has worked as regional correspondent in Southeast Asia and was staff reporter and editor at the Cambodia Daily newspaper.

He began his career in production at ABC News, working for “Good Morning America” before moving to the News Magazine division, where he contributed to “20/20” and “Primetime.” 

Since turning his attention to documentaries, he has co-produced “Freakonomics” (Magnolia, 2010) and the Emmy Award-winning “Reagan” (HBO, 2011). 


Filmed in more than 20 states, “The House I Live In” “captures heart-wrenching stories from individuals at all levels of America’s war on drugs,” which has accounted for more than 45 million arrests, the press release said.

”From the dealer to the grieving mother, the narcotics officer to the senator, the inmate to the federal judge, the film offers a penetrating look inside America’s longest war, offering a definitive portrait and revealing its profound human-rights implications.

”While recognizing the seriousness of drug abuse as a matter of public health, the film investigates the tragic errors and shortcomings that have meant it is more often treated as a matter for law enforcement, creating a vast machine that feeds largely on America’s poor, and especially on minority communities.”  

Executive producers of the documentary were Danny Glover, John Legend, Brad Pitt and Russell Simmons. 


Also sponsoring the event are SUNY Plattsburgh’s Honors Center, Housing and Residence Life, Student Association’s Diversity Committee, Library and Information Services, the President’s Office, PSU Alumni Association, the Fitness Center, College Auxiliary Services and the Human Development and Family Relations Organization.

The screening in Plattsburgh will be co-facilitated by Dr. James Armstrong, director of the Honors Center; Dr. Michelle Jacobs, assistant professor of sociology; Dr. Daniel Lake, assistant professor of political science; Deborah Light, assistant director of Center for Diversity; and Kevin Pearson, center outreach coordinator. 

This event is free and open to the campus and public.