Stanford Prison Experiment


2h 2015

Brief Synopsis

It is the summer of 1971. Dr. Philip Zimbardo launches a study on the psychology of imprisonment. Twenty-four male undergraduates are randomly assigned to be either a guard or a prisoner. Set in a simulated jail, the project unfolds. The participants rapidly embody their roles-the guards become power-hungry and sadistic, while the prisoners, subject to degradation, strategize as underdogs. It soon becomes clear that, as Zimbardo and team monitor the escalation of action through surveillance cameras, they are not fully aware of how they, too, have become part of the experiment. Based on a true story.

Film Details

Also Known As
Untitled (Maverick/Stanford Prison Experiment Project)
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2015
Distribution Company
IFC Films
Location
Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada; Palo Alto, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
2h

Synopsis

It is the summer of 1971. Dr. Philip Zimbardo launches a study on the psychology of imprisonment. Twenty-four male undergraduates are randomly assigned to be either a guard or a prisoner. Set in a simulated jail, the project unfolds. The participants rapidly embody their roles-the guards become power-hungry and sadistic, while the prisoners, subject to degradation, strategize as underdogs. It soon becomes clear that, as Zimbardo and team monitor the escalation of action through surveillance cameras, they are not fully aware of how they, too, have become part of the experiment. Based on a true story.

Crew

Jonathan Aguillon

On-Set Dresser

Eric Alini

Co-Executive Producer

Mark Alkofer

Studio Teacher

Chris Anderson

Best Boy Electric

Lorie Arms

Props

Davin Attia

Driver

Arek Bagboudarian

Assistant Director

Brent Barbano

Camera Operator

Gary Barbosa

Production Designer

Jo Barnett

Production Accountant

Kevin Barrett

Driver

Christopher M. Bauer

Grip

Kristan Berona

Extras Agent/Coordinator

Troy Blischok

Assistant Camera

Mallory Bradley

Tailor

Lauren Bratman

Producer

Richard Brush

Grip

Flavio Buenrostro

Dolly Grip

Zoe Byrne

Art Department

Mark Cane

Lighting Technician

Mark Caplan

Special Effects Technician

Paul Carden

Adr/Dialogue Editor

Victoria Chenoweth

Lighting Technician

Ernesto Chinchillas

Chef

Tom Clancey

Camera Operator

Fernando Collins

Editor

Ian Congdon

Assistant Camera

Robert Constant

Makeup Artist

Sarah Cossart

Accounting Clerk

Chris Cotterman

Dolly Grip

Andres Cubillan

Art Director

Matthew Curran

Set Production Assistant

Louis Dargenzio

Transportation Coordinator

Robbie Dargenzio

Driver

Angela Demo

Casting Director

Steve Dietl

Still Photographer

Laurence Ducceschi

Associate Producer

Mitch Ebert

Lighting Technician

Sam Ejnes

Sound

Brent Emery

Producer

Amy Ergle

Assistant Director

Zak Ettlinger

Lighting Technician

Julie Feiner

Adr/Dialogue Editor

John Ferrer

Driver

Brian Geraghty

Executive Producer

Charles German

Boom Operator

Lisa Gillespie

Sound

Anthony Gonzalez

Grip

Anthony Gregori

Grip

Michael Guthrie

Dolly Grip

Jacob Hair

Storyboard Artist

Chris Heltzel

Associate Producer

Rich Herbeck

Assistant

Orlando Hernandez

Chief Lighting Technician

Andrew Hewitt

Music

Erik Hill

Best Boy Grip

Brandon Huus

Boom Operator

Benjamin Ibarra

Set Production Assistant

Ossey James

Location Assistant

Keith Jones

Assistant Camera

Grady Justice

Production

Chris Kallemeyn

Lighting Technician

Vesselka Kazachka

Assistant Camera

John Keefer

Grip

Tierre Kennedy

Security

Shawn Kennelly

Sound

Karen J. Lauder

Producer

Rachel Lauder

Coproducer

Rachel Lauder

Assistant

Bob Leary

Executive Producer

Katie Leary

Executive Producer

Gregory Little

Producer

Todd Marks

Video

Jim Martell

Transportation Captain

Barbara Mccarthy

Casting Director

Scott Mcclain

Craft Service

David William Mcdonald

Assistant Camera

Christopher Mcquarrie

Other

Jan Mcwilliams

Script Supervisor

Rick Mejia

Driver

Mariscela Mendez

Grip

Jaime Mengual

Assistant Property Master

Emanuel Millar

Hair Stylist

Reza Moosavi

Sound Mixer

Dana Morris

Steadicam Operator

Morris Naish

Sound

Chris Navarro

Adr Mixer

Vince Nicastro

Foley Artist

Krissy Ober

Assistant

Andrew Oliver

Camera

Lygia Orta

Makeup Artist

Michael Paesano

Co-Executive Producer

Marilyn Penn-lindley

Post-Production Accountant

Alice Peterson

Casting Assistant

Melissa Pillmear

Foley Artist

Jb Popplewell

Production Supervisor

Jessica Posada

Costumer

Lee Ramsey

Lighting Technician

Roberto Rangel

Hair Stylist

Ron Resch

Medic

Craig Steven Riley

Key Grip

James Rydings

Assistant Camera

Chris Safos

Driver

Pernell L Salinas

Sound

Tyler Sanderson

Lighting Technician

Josh Sathre

Production Coordinator

Robert Seaton

Grip

Adam Shazar

Associate Producer

Jas Shelton

Director Of Photography

Spencer Shwetz

Camera Assistant

Lou Simon

Stunt Coordinator

Sandra Skora

Set Decorator

Ian Joseph Sly

Production Secretary

Tim Talbott

Screenplay

Laurence Tallon

Costumer

Jacques Terblanche

Assistant Director

Erica Thurlow

Grip

Bob Tiwana

Sound

Lisa Tomczeszyn

Costume Designer

Todd Toon

Sound Effects Editor

Paul White

Driver

Tom Whitehead

Dolly Grip

Nacoma Whobrey

Makeup Artist

Philip G Zimbardo

Consultant

Philip G Zimbardo

Source Material

Elizabeth Zox Friedman

Producer

Martyn Zub

Supervising Sound Editor

Jud Zumwalt

Set Production Assistant

Film Details

Also Known As
Untitled (Maverick/Stanford Prison Experiment Project)
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2015
Distribution Company
IFC Films
Location
Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada; Palo Alto, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
2h

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Paul Dano had previously been mentioned as a member of the cast.

Jesse Eisenberg had previously been mentioned as a member of the cast.

Charlie Hunnam had previously been mentioned as a member of the cast.

Benjamin McKenzie had previously been mentioned as a member of the cast.

Limited Release in United States July 17, 2015

Released in United States on Video November 17, 2015

Released in United States 2015

Maverick Films bought the rights to the participants of the actual Stanford experiment, and the book "The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil" written by Professor Philip Zimbardo published by Random House; March 13, 2007.

Kieran Culkin had previously been mentioned as a member of the cast.

Giovanni Ribisi had previously been mentioned as a member of the cast.

Christopher McQuarrie was previously attached as director.

Producer Brent Emery hired Tim Talbott to write the script for the project in 2002. The film had undergone various incarnations and near-starts before it ultimately began production in 2014.

Limited Release in United States July 17, 2015

Released in United States on Video November 17, 2015

Sundance Contact is Rena Ronson: Ronson_r@unitedtalent.com; Hailey Wierengo: Wierengo_h@unitedtalent.com

Released in United States 2015 (U.S. Dramatic Competition)