International Competition

Huntsville Station

Jamie Meltzer, Chris Filippone
Screening time  
15.06. / Tuesday, 15:00 - 17:00 Ticket
17.06. / Thursday, 16:30 - 18:00 Ticket

Every weekday, dozens of inmates are released on parole from Huntsville State Penitentiary, the largest prison release center in Texas. With a bus ticket voucher and $100 release check, most of them take in their first moments out with phone calls, cigarettes, and quiet reflection at the Greyhound station up the block. In this pivotal moment, between incarceration and freedom, a myriad of complicated emotions arise before the bus arrives to take them home.


Jamie Meltzer

Jamie Meltzer’s feature documentary films have been broadcast nationally on PBS and have screened at numerous film festivals worldwide. His documentary feature, True Conviction (2018) premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival where it received a Special Jury Mention in the Best Documentary Feature category. Previous films include: Off the Charts: The Song-Poem Story (2003), Welcome to Nollywood (2007), La Caminata (2009) and Informant (2012). He teaches and is the Program Director of the M.F.A. Program in Documentary Film at Stanford University.


Chris Filippone

Chris Filippone is documentary filmmaker whose work has screened in the Berlinale, Visions du Réel, SXSW, Hot Docs, CPH:DOX, Sheffield Doc/Fest, and Ann Arbor Film Festival. His film Scrap won the Spirit Award for Short Documentary at the Brooklyn Film Festival in 2017 and A View from the Window was nominated for a 2018 Best of the Year Award on Vimeo. He is a graduate of Stanford University’s M.F.A. Documentary Film program and is currently a Lecturer at the San Francisco Art Institute.

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Huntsville Station

2020, 14'

Directed by:
Jamie Meltzer, Chris Filippone

Chris Filippone

Edited by:
Chris Filippone, Jamie Meltzer

Jamie Meltzer

Produced by:
Chris Filippone

Festivals & Awards:

Docaviv 2020 – BestShort Film Award
Kyiv International Short Film Festival 2020 – Grand Prix
DOXA 2020 – Honorable Mention DOXA Short Documentary Award
Palm Springs International Shortfest 2020 – Special Mention Best Documentary Short
Champs-Elysees Film Festival 2020 – Jury Prize
Berlin International Film Festival 2020
SXSW 2020
Hot Docs 2020
AFI Docs 2020
Valladolid International Film Festival 2020
Camden International Film Festival 2020
Chicago International Film Festival 2020
Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival 2020
Calgary International Film Festival 2020
New Orleans Film Festival 2020
Message to Man Film Festival 2020
Winterthur International Short Film Festival 2020
Telluride Mountainfilm 2020
Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg 2020
Mammoth Lakes Film Festival 2020
St. Louis International Film Festival 2020
Milwaukee Film Festival 2020
Odense International Film Festival 2020
Indy Shorts International Film Festival 2020
Lille International Short Film Festival 2020
Crested Butte Film Festival 2020
DC Shorts Film Festiva, 2020
Savannah Film Festival 2020
Rhode Island International Film Festival 2020
Tirana International Film Festival 2020
Nashville Film Festival 2020
Drunken Film Festival 2020
OFF CINEMA International Documentary Film Festival 2020


Chris Filippone