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THE WORLD OUTSIDE
USA| 2011| 0:10:45 | Narrative | World Premiere

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A parolee backs himself into a corner one lie at a time, until he risks losing his job or going back to prison.

CREW
Director: Zachary Kerschberg
Producer: Ryan Johnson
Writer: Zachary Kerschberg
Cinematographer: Brian Lannin
Editor: Craig Youngren, Pedro Padilla
Sound Editor: Santiago Aquino
Sound Mixer: Sarah-Violet Bliss

CAST
Duane Cooper, Ivan Del Pilar, DK Bowser, Hassan Hakmoun
ZACHARY KERSCHBERG - Director and Writer Zachary Kerschberg was born in Union, West Virginia. At seven he moved to Oakland, California and by fourteen he had begun traveling the globe to play in international soccer tournaments. Always interested in telling stories, Zachary earned his BA in Romance Literature from UC Berkeley before completing an MFA in Dramatic Writing at NYU. In 2008 he was a Fulbright Fellow to the United Arab Emirates, where he taught screenwriting at the Dubai Men's College. He began making documentaries about disability in 2001, which have screened at the United Nations, the World Bank and the Paralympics in Athens, Greece. He is currently an MFA candidate in Film Production at NYU; his last film Angels premiered at the Woodstock Film Festival and is currently on the festival circuit. Few people know Zachary played professional soccer in South America, was a prize-fighter in Thailand or that he's spent a quarter of his life living abroad in South America, Europe, Asia, North Africa and the Middle East, where he picked up four and half languages and a love for adventure.

JOHN RYAN JOHNDSON - Producer John Ryan Johnson was born and raised in Texas. He earned his B.A. from the University of Houston in communication and worked producing television and documentaries before moving to New York to pursue an M.F.A. in film production at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. He has produced six short films in the past year, all of which have been well received at festivals throughout the U.S.

BRIAN LANNIN - Director of Photography Brian Lannin was born in the south suburbs of Chicago. He spent most of his life as a classical and jazz drummer before obtaining a B.A. in Digital Cinema at DePaul University. Soon after, he left Chicago for New York to be in the center of independent filmmaking. He is currently enrolled in NYU's Graduate Film Program, where he is on full scholarship.

CRAIG YOUNGREN - Editor Craig Youngren is an editor and screenwriter. He studied philosophy at Boston College before completing an MA in Cinema Studies and later an MFA in Dramatic Writing, both at NYU. His scripts have been produced for both the stage and screen. Currently he teaches video production at a high school in the Bronx, where his students have won national recognition for their video work.

MARCELO ANEZ - Sound Designer Marcelo Anez is a multiple Grammy Award winning mixer, sound designer, and audio engineer. Born in Venezuela, he later moved to Miami, where he worked with Ricky Martin, Shakira, Gloria Estefan, Jennifer Lopez, Thalia, Placido Domingo, just to name a few. In 2009 he received his 4th Grammy for his recording and mix work on the album, Commercial, by the band Los Amigos Invisibles. He is also active in the New York theatre community, often working on numerous shows at the same time.

DUANE COOPER - Jesse Duane Cooper is a graduate of the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre. He most recently played the lead in the 2009 New York Fringe festival hit "Stress Positions". Other theatre credits include: Truffaldino in "Servant of Two Masters", Scar Tissue in "Marisol", and Hud in "Hair'. His television credits include "Chappelle's Show" and "30 Rock". He made his big screen debut in the feature film "Notorious", which he followed up with a part in the film "New York, I Love You". He has appeared in over 15 radio and television commercials both regional and national, ranging from Popeye's chicken to Samsung. One of his most memorable jobs was voicing the character of Axel Brodie on the third season of Cartoon Networks Yu Gi Oh! GX. He is also a member and co-founder of the sketch comedy group Really Sketchy, who just completed a year of successful performances. He feels extremely fortunate to be a part of The World Outside.

IVAN DEL PILAR - Ivan Ivan Del Pilar was introduced to Foster Care when he was just a few months old. He spent most of his childhood bouncing from one family to another in the Bronx, New York. Ivan became involved in crime while still a teenager and spent a combined twenty-five years in prison, sixteen of those in solitary confinement. While in prison, Ivan educated himself, earning a university degree and various professional diplomas. An avid reader, Ivan taught himself law so that he could defend himself and other inmates. Since returning to the world outside, he has written a novel, gives public speeches, and advocates for inmates and recent parolees.
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DK BOWSER - Ray DK Bowser has starred on numerous television shows, including, Lights Out, How to Make It in America, 30 Rock, Law and Order, Rescue Me and Lipstick Jungle. His most recent films were New York, I Love You, and Algeny (HBO Best Feature Film Winner). DK also acts extensively in New York theatre, where he was an Audelco "VIV" award winner for Real Blackman Don't Sit.

HASSAN HAKMOUN - Hassan Hassan Hakmoun is one of Moroccan music's most notable figures. He made his American debut at Lincoln Center, New York City, in 1987, and decided to stay in New York, where he incorporated elements of Jazz, Rock, Funk and Hip-Hop. In 1989 he opened the World Music Institute's fall season at Symphony Space, New York City and in 1994 he performed at Woodstock to wide acclaim. His participation in the European-based organization WOMAD (World of Music, Art, and Dance) and collaborations with other musicians, such as the Kronos quartet, have brought him further into the spotlight. He has received letters of admiration from former New York City Mayor David Dinkins, television host Jay Leno, and saxophonist David Sanborn, as well as from executives of the New York Times and British Broadcasting Corporation.


DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT

The World Outside is a film about a criminal system that doesn't work.

For the last twenty years the prison population has been ballooning. To me this signals flaws in our social and legal system. With this film I hope to raise questions and begin a discussion about how we support and reintegrate those released from prison.

After a year in the Middle East, I moved back to New York in 2009 and took up residence in Alphabet City, a neighborhood in Manhattan made up of projects and low-income housing. On my daily trips to NYU, I met Ivan Del Pilar, who was the only employee of the Moroccan restaurant below my house. We would often chat in Spanish as he washed down the sidewalk - not about anything in particular - perhaps about how his bike had been stolen and he saw it a week later in Chinatown and how he got it back, etc.

I decided one afternoon to write a script about the restaurant and instinctively knew Ivan was my character. It began as a story about a younger, independent kid that needed help from an older guy who had seen it all.

After Ivan closed the restaurant, we would hang out until 3 in the morning eating pizza, smoking joints and chatting about his life; he had grown up in Foster Care and spent twenty-five years in prison. We wanted to make something important and address one of the key problems with the prison system; mainly that the parole system set convicts up to fail, and thus created a perpetual circle of incarceration.

One of the key problems is that no one will hire a worker with a felony, especially since 9/11. But lying to get a job meant you couldn't report it to your parole officer because he would surely show up at work to see if you were telling the truth. In fact, Ivan had been fired more than once after his manager learned he was a felon. It was this catch 22 that Ivan and I wanted to explore.