Prison Song


2h 2001

Brief Synopsis

A young African-American man battles poverty in order to fulfill his dreams of becoming a photographer. Inspired by his hard-working mom and her live-in companion Cee, Elijah refuses to hang out with troublemakers. But when Cee is arrested, Elijah begins to question whether hard work means anything

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
2001
Location
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; New York City, New York, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
2h

Synopsis

A young African-American man battles poverty in order to fulfill his dreams of becoming a photographer. Inspired by his hard-working mom and her live-in companion Cee, Elijah refuses to hang out with troublemakers. But when Cee is arrested, Elijah begins to question whether hard work means anything when you come from the wrong side of the tracks. An innocent childhood prank causes Elijah's first arrest. When his mother suffers a nervous breakdown and is institutionalized, Elijah is forced to live in a shelter. After a fight with a bully results in the death of the thug, Elijah lands in prison, where he learns to draw to express himself and where he comes face to face with his past, present and what he wants his future to be.

Crew

G. A. Aguilar

Stunt Coordinator

Jason Alexander

Music Coordinator

Bill Anagnos

Stunts

Quana Ayles

Assistant

Adrienne Bearden

Makeup Artist

Ted Beys

Electrician

James R Bilz

Special Effects

Debra Birnbaum

Medic

Pat Bolger

Driver

Clifford R Booker

Hair Stylist

David Boulton

Adr Mixer

Sharon Boyle

Music

Avery Brandon

Scenic Artist

Krzystof J Bratun

Scenic Artist

Robert Brennan

Key Grip

Jeffrey S Brink

Special Effects Coordinator

Michael Broughton

Stunts

Alexandra Kipani Browne

Assistant Director

John Bryan

Music

John Bryan

Sound Mixer

Russell Bullock

Other

Thom Bumblauskas

Scenic Artist

Carol Campbell

Hair Stylist

Sean Carasov

Music Supervisor

Pashelle Clayton-robinson

Set Costumer

Missy Cohen

Music

Ryan Collison

Foley Artist

Daniel C Cook

Camera Assistant

Blaise Corrigan

Stunts

Jason Cortazzo

Best Boy Grip

Douglas Crosby

Stunt Coordinator

Lorraine Crossman

Set Costumer

Jon Doe Davidson

Grip

Victor De Jesus

Production Supervisor

Robert De Niro

Producer

Jack Deutchman

Post-Production Supervisor

Ged Dickersin

Location Manager

Joe Dohner

Foley Mixer

John K Donohue

Dolly Grip

Giuseppe Ducrot

Art Department

Marjorie Durand

Makeup Artist

John Dzelzinski

Driver

Gerald Engressmann

Driver

Jeff Eplet

Other

Brad Epstein

Producer

Joe Facey

Craft Service

Ruby Flores

Casting Associate

David Fortino

Grip

Peter C Frank

Editor

Kathy Fundus

Swing Gang

David Scott Gagnon

Swing Gang

Kirk Gardner

Camera Operator

Derrick Garrett

Sound Mixer

Derrick Garrett

Music

Dean Garvin

Assistant Director

Rachel A Gibson

Accountant

Emily Glatter

Production Coordinator

Benjamin Goldberg

Assistant Production Coordinator

Sonia Gonzalez

Assistant Editor

Irv Gooch

Other

Mick Gormaley

Assistant Sound Editor

Christopher F Graneto

Grip

Adrienne Greshock

Set Costumer

John Griffith

Driver

Alexander Gruszynski

Director Of Photography

Alexander Gruszynski

Other

Tim Guffin

Camera

Joseph Guglielmucci

Driver

Kevin Hackenberg

Grip

Roswell Hamrick

Art Director

Matthew Hanlon

Grip

Desmond Harvey

Craft Service

Pamela Hochschartner

Unit Production Manager

Kristin Hoey

Production Coordinator

George Holtzer

Driver

Augusta Hopkins

Electrician

Charles R Hunt

Sound Mixer

Sondra James

Adr Voice Casting

Dorys Jarymovych

Other

Bobby Johanson

Adr Mixer

Shari Schwartz Johanson

Music Editor

Michael K Johnson

Production Accountant

Irene Kassow

Assistant Editor

Mark S. Kaufman

Music

Kathleen Kelly

Medic

Sean Kelly

Stunts

Dan Kennedy

Grip

Tyler Kim

Assistant Property Master

Sara Kugelmass

Art Department Coordinator

Kevin Ladson

Property Master

Eric Lasko

Production Assistant

Marc Laub

Sound Editor

Kevin Lee

Dialogue Editor

Michael Leonard

Camera Operator

Lisa J Levine

Adr Editor

Jessica Lichtner

Script Supervisor

Craig Heston Ligget

Other

Steve Litecky

Electrician

David Lowe

Grip

Edward Lynch

Driver

Jalil Lynch

Stunts

Paul Maiello

Foreman

Sean Malone

Best Boy Grip

Sun Yi Mar

Assistant Location Manager

Charlie Marquis

Driver

Darnell Martin

Screenplay

Darnell Martin

Executive Producer

Neal Martz

Prosthetic Makeup

Michael Marzovilla

Lighting Technician

Bill Mccleery

Driver

Doug Meils

Best Boy

Danielle Merrill

Other

Michael Messier

Sound Recordist

Eddie Micallef

Production Assistant

Morgan Miller

Swing Gang

Charles Minter

Swing Gang

John F Morrone

Transportation Captain

John Morrone

Driver

John Mulligan

Transportation Co-Captain

Margo Myers

Unit Production Manager

James Orr

Swing Gang

Richard Owings

Costume Designer

Charles Page

Stunts

Meghan Parkin Hines

Other

Derek Pastures

Other

Nelson Pena

Apprentice

John Perretti

Stunt Coordinator

Audra A Polk

Assistant Production Coordinator

Stephen Pope

Stunts

Sharon Potts

On-Set Dresser

Robert Prate

Best Boy

Paul Prokop

Production Associate

Richard Quay

Coproducer

Angela Quiles

Production Coordinator

Cathy Rait

Color Timer

Joshua Ravetch

Production

Tim Ray

Production Assistant

Daniel Rieser

Grip

Allan Robinson

Electrician

Angela Robinson

Assistant

Angela Robinson

Assistant

Jeffrey Rollins

On-Set Dresser

Jane Rosenthal

Producer

Fred Rosser

Sound Mixer

Fred Rosser

Music

Dana Sand

Music

Deidre Schrowang

Accounting Assistant

Warren Shaw

Dialogue Editor

Keith Siglinger

Stunts

Lori Silfen

Music

Derrick Simmons

Stunts

Charles R Simunek

Special Effects

Christopher Sneade

Production Assistant

Deirdra Sovan

Set Costumer

Demomd Stafford

Location Assistant

Yvette E Stapleton

Set Costumer

D Stevens

Photography

Anne Stuhler

Production Designer

Andre Sulmers

Production Assistant

John Tarlini

Transportation Co-Captain

Michael Tavares

Assistant Costume Designer

Pete Tavis

Transportation Captain

Jessy Terrero

Extras Agent/Coordinator

Jessy Terrero

Casting

Ulysses Terrero

Extras Agent/Coordinator

Ulysses Terrero

Casting

Glen Trotiner

Assistant Director

Lee Tucker

Technical Supervisor

Lee Tucker

Technical Supervisor

Richard Valbrun

Assistant

Joseph Valle

Grip

Brian Vancho

Foley Artist

Magdaline Volaitis

Sound Effects Editor

Karen Wainwright

Other

Joe Waldrow

Driver

Ajamu Walker

Production Assistant

Daniel Ward

Assistant Sound Editor

Karl Wasserman

Boom Operator

Tom Watkins

Swing Gang

Paul Weathered

Set Decorator

Tim Weston

Grip

Paul Williams

Construction Coordinator

Maurier Winston

Other

Richard Yacuk

Key Grip

Rory Young

Music

Mel Zelniker

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
2001
Location
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; New York City, New York, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
2h

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States September 28, 2001

Budget source: HR 07/31/1998

Estimated budget: $8,000,000

Began shooting September 28, 1999.

Completed shooting November 20, 1999.

Released in United States September 28, 2001