Women On The Outside


After watching the men in her life disappear to prison, Kristal Bush channels that struggle into reuniting other families divided by incarceration through her prison van service, Bridging the Gap. But when her father and brother return to Philadelphia after decades behind bars, Kristal has to figure out what it means to unite her own family. Interweaving intimate vérité footage with Kristal’s own archive, WOMAN ON THE OUTSIDE is a deeply American portrait of familial love.


The United States is a nation defined by incarceration. More than two million people sleep behind bars each night. Nearly half of Americans have had a family member locked up. But little attention has been paid to the ways that reality shapes the lives of women who support loved ones behind bars.

For six years, our team has collaborated with Kristal and her family to document their experience. In vérité scenes and intimate interviews, the film braids together the dramatic and quotidian to paint a portrait of lives remade by incarceration.

This is a film made by women, about the female experience. The conversations that unfold when the camera is off--about love and careers and how women care for ourselves while caring for others--are the foundation of this film.

The WOMAN ON THE OUTSIDE film emerges from Everyday Incarceration, a collaborative Instagram feed formed in 2014 to document 40 years of mass incarceration. The original multimedia exhibition of Women on the Outside was supported by the Magnum Foundation and Brown Center for Media Innovation and have been exhibited at The Philadelphia Museum of Art and Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, Photoville in New York and FOTODOKS in Munich, Germany.  


Zara Katz (Director/Producer/DP)

Zara Katz is an independent photo producer and filmmaker for editorial, documentary and branded content, specializing in crafting character-driven visual stories. She has worked with editorial outlets including The New York Times, Time magazine, The New Yorker, Oxford American, Pop-Up Magazine, Buzzfeed, Refinery29 and Playboy. She was the Director of Still Photography Production for Lifetime/A+E Networks “Her America: 50 Women 50 States.” She was also Senior Photography Producer on a collaborative project with Getty Images, Dove and Girlgaze that created a new Dove campaign and collection of licensable images for Getty. The project, which included photographs of over 180 women worldwide, shot by more than 100 women and non-binary photographers, won the 2019 Silver Glass Lion at Cannes. She is also co-creator of @EverydayIncarceration.

Lisa Riordan Seville (Director/Producer/DP)

Lisa Riordan Seville is an independent investigative reporter and producer. Her stories have appeared on NBC News programs, NBCNews.com, Lifetime/A+E Networks, The Guardian U.S., BuzzFeed News, WNYC Radio and The Nation magazine, among others. Her work has been supported by organizations including the Open Society Foundations, the Investigative Fund, the Center for Health Journalism and the Magnum Foundation. In 2013, she contributed to the Peabody-award winning "In Plain Sight: Poverty in America"; her story about race and homeownership for BuzzFeed News received the Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism in 2017. She is also the co-creator of @EverydayIncarceration.

Kiara C. Jones (Producer/Writer)

Kiara C Jones is a socially-conscious producer, director, writer and the proprietor of Cultivated Films LLC, which champions diverse storytelling. Kiara has been widely recognized for her direction and production on narrative features, shorts and documentaries. She was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for producing Anja Marquardt’s, SHE’S LOST CONTROL and the Directors Guild of America Grand Jury Award for directing and producing her debut feature, CHRISTMAS WEDDING BABY. She most recently produced PREMATURE, directed by Rashaad Ernesto Green. Kiara is an IFP/Blackhouse/HBO Producing Fellow, a Trans Atlantic Partners International Co-Production Symposium Fellow, an alumni of IFP’s Emerging Narrative Lab and 2019 BRIO Award and Bronx Council of the Arts Grant recipient for screenwriting. 

Suzannah Herbert (Editor)

Suzannah Herbert is a documentary director and editor raised in Memphis, TN. She directed and produced WRESTLE, an intimate, verite documentary following the lives of four Alabama high school wrestlers fighting for so much more than the state championship. Named one of the top five documentaries of 2019 by the National Board of Review, lauded as “superb” by the Los Angeles Times, and hailed a New York Times Critics’ Pick, WRESTLE was released theatrically by Oscilloscope Laboratories and premiered nationally on PBS’s Independent Lens. Herbert frequently edits various Bob Dylan film projects, and has edited musical short documentary content for Tony Bennett and Paul Simon. She also worked as an assistant editor on Michael Moore's Oscar-shortlisted WHERE TO INVADE NEXT, FAHRENHEIT 11/9, and Martin Scorsese’s ROLLING THUNDER REVUE, a Netflix Original released in 2019. 


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