"Finally, a positive treatment of probation. Inspiring!"
—VERONICA CUNNINGHAM, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER,
AMERICAN PROBATION AND PAROLE ASSOCIATION
IN A WHOLE NEW WAY
Undoing mass incarceration by a path untraveled
WITH FANS ACROSS THE POLITICAL SPECTRUM—
FROM GOP LEGISLATORS TO NOAM CHOMSKY:
"As I observed almost four years ago about Project Lives—the book of photographic self-portrayals by New York public housing residents, with imagery intertwining revelatory text—it is always inspiring to see the scorned and disenfranchised take control of their lives.
"Now comes the book and documentary about cameras turned over to the city's probationers, the latest effort by the non-profit Seeing for Ourselves. Once again, we recognize how connected we all remain. Once again, the photographs open our eyes and warm our hearts. Once again, our concerns for social justice broaden and deepen."
“Sometimes solutions are in front of us, but we do not see and do not ask. Turning New Yorkers on probation into photographers documenting their own stories has led to an amazing cultural change. Seeing for Ourselves documents it beautifully in their film and book In a Whole New Way."
Equipped with cameras and a novel artistic technique,
some people of color ensnared in probation
set out in a whole new way to return the sanction to its rehabilitative roots—
only to find themselves transformed by the attempt.
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“Institutional reforms often start from the outside and work inward, which is one reason why so many overpromise and underdeliver. In a Whole New Way shows us what it could look like when reform begins with the perspective of those on the inside of a system—in this case, individuals on probation in New York City. Using participatory photography as a means of visual storytelling, the participants in this transformative project narrate their view of the world through the lens of a camera. In so doing, they remind us that it’s often not people who need changing but the systems that envelope their lives and so frequently constrain their futures.”
Chief Executive Officer,
International Community Justice
"A landmark in participatory photography!"
—Denise Bibro Fine Art, NYC
“The impact of second chances, unlike incarceration, cannot be measured by metrics alone. In a Whole New Way visually captures, on a human level, the challenges experienced by justice-impacted New Yorkers, illustrating that probation, like the criminal injustice system, needs reform.”
Chief Operating Officer,
Avenues for Justice
"A wonderful contribution to our field. In a Whole New Way contains so much – it’s an engaging history of community corrections and a glimpse of how probation is practiced in New York City. It’s a series of memorable and moving vignettes about people whose lives have been touched by crime and the justice system. But what will stick with me is the pictures. Throughout the book, we see the faces of those who are participating in this unique and special program. They are smiling and engaged, clearly relishing the opportunity to see and be seen as so much more than the criminal convictions that brought them to probation in the first place. The light in their eyes – their positivity and evident optimism about their futures – is an overwhelming argument for the importance of meaningful second chances as a core component of our justice system."
The Council of State Governments
"This book will still be read two hundred years from now!"
—In Conversation with Frank Schaeffer
—Lean Left podcast
"“An incredible book...a remarkable project...a groundbreaking endeavor...represents an unyielding commitment to fostering understanding and change through the lens of powerful imagery and storytelling.”
—Stories from the 78 podcast
Portland Press Herald covers the third Seeing for Ourselves initiative!
A successful screening of the film and book signing held at a plenary session of the American Probation and Parole Association annual conference in New York City August 29.
Filmmaker and co-editor Jonathan Fisher interviewed on Stories from the 78 podcast.
Filmmaker and co-editor Jonathan Fisher interviewed on Lean Left podcast.
Filmmaker and co-editor Jonathan Fisher interviewed on Dave Nemo Weekends Interview (trucker radio show).
Filmmaker and co-editor Jonathan Fisher interviewed on Conversations Live with Cyrus Webb radio show.
Filmmaker and co-editor Jonathan Fisher interviewed on In Conversation with Frank Schaeffer podcast.
Filmmaker interviewed on The Criminologist podcast.
Film screened this summer on public television stations across the country.
Film screened in person for NYC Deputy Mayor for Public Safety,
Phillip Banks III; pitch deck distributed to City Council!
Exhibit planned by Islip Art Council for September.
We thank the Onyko Film Awards in Odessa, Ukraine for their recognition. Our hearts go out to them now.
Recent Win: Best Documentary at World Webfest Mania in NYC.
As of September 1, 2023, the documentary "In a Whole New Way" has been selected by over 200 film festivals worldwide, winning 66 awards in the process! See the list.
Catch the Feb 17, 2022
Zoom film screening/discussion
with Maine justice and legislative officials!
The follow-up to
the globally acclaimed first book
The documentary that has warmed hearts around the world...in China as well as back home in America; in Russia as well as Ukraine; in Iran as well as Israel. Filmgoers everywhere now view the marginalized in a whole new way.
September 30, 2022
August 14, 2022
July 30, 2022
Winter Harbor, Maine
July 27, 2022
June 26, 2022
June 19, 2022
Patchogue, New York
April 24, 2022
Asbury Park, New Jersey
November 21, 2021
Filmmaker Q&A Following Screening
November 4, 2021
Fargo, North Dakota
October 25, 2021
Palo Alto, California
Filmmaker Panel on Criminal Justice Reform
Remote Q&A with Miraban Film Festival
February 16, 2022
Remote Q&A with Something Wicked DocuFest
February 25, 2022
Workshop for Probation Industry
August 30, 2022
NOTABLE FESTIVAL LAURELS
"Finally, a positive treatment
of probation. Inspiring!"
Chief Executive Officer,
and Parole Association
"Such a thoughtful and life-affirming documentary!"
—NYC Deputy Mayor Phillip Banks III
"Otherness in criminal justice must be addressed—and photography is a great way to get at that. In a Whole New Way leverages the visual arts to break down barriers and truly utilize the power of perspective-taking!"
—American Civil Liberties Union
"A unique lens on community."
"Each photo depicting what they see through a lens. Their stories. Their neighborhood struggles. And beauty."
"This program really is changing lives and hopefully helping to change the criminal justice system.
I can't wait to see what you do next!"
FILM VENUE COVERAGE
“Our judges thought it was unfair to not award more to such a beautiful project, so they decided to exceptionally honor your work also in one of the most important categories, the Social Awareness Award.”
—Vegas Movie Awards
“Your Documentary ‘In a Whole New Way’ is remarkably well done with one of the most necessary and vital issues dealt with. Your film deserves credit for script, directing and overall filming. I trust your documentary is appreciated profoundly by everyone. Keep up the good work and looking forward to see more of your films.”
“The 24-member Jury committee reviewed almost 600 submissions for our 60-hour festival program. They found your film to be extremely pertinent and well suited for this year’s festival theme, MOVING FORWARD, and we feel strongly that the audience will be captivated by your work.”
“Despite the undeniably important reality behind the action taken by the subjects of this documentary, In a Whole New Way feels uplifting and hopeful for a better future.
"Eloquently narrated and thoughtfully put together, this documentary proves people can affect change. That if communities come together we make the world a better place.”
"A film about the camera's power and the injustice of the American justice system. Brilliantly shot and with great force, the filmmaker makes us aware of one of the biggest problems facing American society today."
Loudoun Arts Film Festival, September 12, 2021
Manhattan Film Festival, June 23, 2021
Greenwich Village, New York City