Living Condition is an animated feature documentary that explores our failed criminal justice system
through the stories of families with a relative on death row.
Featuring four families grappling with the tragedy and stigma of violent crime, incarceration and execution, Living Condition paints a stark portrait of communities at the nexus of some of the most pressing social issues of our day – veterans’ care, mental health access and criminal justice. Through the extreme prism of capital punishment, this animated documentary and transmedia project examines a complex web of racial, economic and legal inequities in our society today.
Broadening the documentary’s portrait lens, Living Condition interactive offers multiple points of entry through evocative visuals, concentric layers of information, and stories of victims’ families, wardens, exonerees. Through creating and navigating stories, participants explore provocative
questions and exchange ideas regarding: Am I my brother’s keeper? What makes a safe community? Who are our heroes? What’s race got to
do with it? What about the kids, survivors and victims? Who has the right to take a life? The takeaway is that we all bear responsibility for changing the criminal justice system
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Living Condition was generously supported by a San Francisco Arts Commission grant, Art Research Institute UC Santa Cruz, A Creative Work Fund grant, University of California Art Research Institute (UCIRA) grant, The Center for Cultural Innovation investing in the artist grant, UC Santa Cruz Committee on Research grant, UC Santa Cruz Dean’s Fund for Excellence in Research, Cal Humanities grant, Left Tilt Fund, and Pacific Pioneer Fund and individual donors.
If you would like to contribute to Living Condition you can donate through Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC) is our fiscal sponsor, at the link below: