JURY AWARD, ALGER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (FICA) 2018
WINNER OF THE CHAMP-DOLLON JURY PRISON AWARD

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« Just because you’re behind bars doesn’t mean that you can’t have dreams and goals and accomplish them. » Kenneth Reams
Told through the charismatic voice of inmate Kenneth Reams, FREE MEN is a film about human resilience. Sentenced to death, in solitary confinement for the last 25 years, Kenneth has pushed back the walls of his cell to become a painter, a poet, the founder of a non-profit, and an art event organizer – while fighting at the same time for justice. At age 18, Kenneth Reams was convicted for capital murder without firing a bullet. He became the youngest inmate on Arkansas death row. Alongside art, the film shows how love can cross barbed wire and the length of an ocean in Kenneth’s love for Isabelle, a French artist who wants to become his wife. While Arkansas rushes to execute ten inmates in ten days – an absolute American record - the film captures Kenneth’s struggle, with unprecedented access to his daily battle, and raises universal questions - How can we fight injustice? How can we continue to move forward and find a sense of purpose in life?
FREE MEN is a film for all those who have thought, one day, of giving up.

Television


Le Temps, March 2019
RTS, Interface, March 16 2019
Léman Bleu, students meet an inmate, February 28, 2019
RTS Un, Mise au point, Interview with a man sentenced to death, February 2019
TV5Monde, Anne-Frédérique Widmann, Isabelle Watson-Reams, March 2018

Web


Bon pour la Tête, 28.02.2019
RTS Culture 26.02.2019
FIFDH, Debate around the film and phonecall with Kenneth Reams, March 2018
Le Billet.ch, Free Men Winner of the Champ-Dollon prison award, FIFDH 2018
Arkansas Times (Blog), 14 March 2018

Radio


RTS, l'invité du 12h30, 20.02.19
RTS, Emission Médialogues du 03.03.2018
THEATER RELEASE 26 FEBRUARY 2019


AVANT-PREMIERES WITH THE DIRECTOR
FOLLOWED BY A PHONE CONVERSATION WITH INMATE KENNETH REAMS


Tuesday, February 26 at 20:00, Cinéma Bellevaux, Lausanne
Thursday, February 28 at 20:30, Cinérama Empire, Geneva
Saturday, March 23 at 18:00, Cinéma Casino, Martigny
Sunday, March 24 at 17:30, Cinéma Royal, Sainte-Croix
Tuesday, March 26 at 18:00, Cinéma Rex, Fribourg
Thursday, April 4 at 20:30, Cinéma Apollo, Neuchâtel


EXTRA SCREENINGS

March 23 & 24 at 14:45, Cinema Bellevaux, Lausanne

March 23 at 18:00, Cinema Casino, Martigny
> with Chappatte and director Anne-F. Widmann, followed by a phone conversation with inmate Kenneth Reams

March 24 at 17:30, Cinema Royal, Sainte Croix
> with director Anne-F. Widmann, followed by a phone conversation with inmate Kenneth Reams

March 27 at 20:00, Cinema Royal, Sainte Croix

March 25 at 18:15, Cinérama Empire, Geneva > with director Anne-F. Widmann, followed by a phone conversation with inmate Kenneth Reams

March 26 at 18:15, Cinema Rex, Fribourg
> with director Anne-F. Widmann, followed by a phone conversation with inmate Kenneth Reams

March 30 and 31 at 16:10, Cinéma Rex, Fribourg

March 31 at 11:00, Cinéma Casino, Martigny

From April 3rd to 9th, every day at 20:15, Cinéma Bio, Geneva

April 4 at 20:00, Cinema Appolo, Neuchâtel
> with criminologist André Kuhn, director Anne-F. Widmann, followed by a phone conversation with inmate Kenneth Reams

April 5 at 20:30, cinema Eden, Château d’Oex
> with director Anne-F. Widmann, followed by a phone conversation with inmate Kenneth Reams

April 7 at 13:50 and April 9 at 15:30, Cinéma Rex, Fribourg

April 14 at 10:30, Cinéma Appolo, Neuchâtel

April 14 at 10:30, Cinéma Scala, La Chaux-de-Fonds

FESTIVALS

March 2019 - SALEM FEST FESTIVAL (USA)
March 2019 - FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL DU GRAND REPORTAGE D'ACTUALITE ET DU DOCUMENTAIRE DE SOCIETE (FIGRA), Saint-Omer (FR)
Dec. 2018 - INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OF ALGIERS (FICA)
Oct. 2018 - USA PREMIERE - AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL
Oct. 2018 - ALMOST THERE FESTIVAL - Beirut, Lebanon
Oct. 2018 - DOCSMX Festival Internacional de Cine Documental de la Ciudad de México - Compétition "Retratos"
March 2018 - WORLD PREMIERE - FIFDH Film festival and international forum on human rights (FIFDH), Geneva (Switzerland)

AWARDS
SPECIAL AWARD OF THE JURY DOCUMENTARIES, INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OF ALGIERS (FICA) 2018
CHAMP-DOLLON JURY PRISON AWARD, FIFDH 2018

Documentary 90' / 2018 / Switzerland
Shooting format : HD
Screening formant : DCP, Prores
Sound: 5.1
O.V. : English/French
Subtitles available : French/English/German

Original Title : FREE MEN


With: Kenneth Reams,Ndume Olatushani,Isabelle Watson Reams,George Kendall
Director: Anne-Frédérique Widmann
Production: Intermezzo Films, Luc Peter / RTS - Radio Télévision Suisse Unité des Films Documentaires, Irène Challand et Gaspard Lamunière / Globe Cartoon, Patrick Chappatte
Production assistants: Catherine Müller, Elodie Bieri, Katia Monla Guisolan, Karla Kolder
Director of Photography: Karim Amin
Sound: Nicolas Binggeli / Carlos Ibanez Diaz
Editing: Ana Acosta
Music composition: Costanza Francavilla
Music Publishing: ZerOKilled Music
Musicians: Costanza Francavilla: synthétiseurs, programmation, électroniques, basses, hang, piano / Stefano Cabrera: violoncelle / Kathleen Supové: piano / Davide Swarup: handpan (on end credits)
Piano recording: Threshold Recording Studios NYC
Editing assistants: Gabriel Gonzales , Juliana Fanjul
Sound editing: Carlos Ibañez Diaz, Techniques cinéma Genève
Mix: Martin Stricker, Le Bruit Qui Court
Additional mix: Fabrizio Bacherini, Costanza Francavilla
Pro Tools Assistant & musical transcription: Claudio Pezzotta
Music Mastering: Rafael Anton Irisarri , Black Knoll Studio NYC
Post-production: Freestudios
Post-production Superviser: Giorgio D'Imperio
Conformation & mastering: Jean-Charles Weber
Colorgrading: Boris Rabusseau
Infographism: Berenice Rogazy
Website: Jeff Gaudinet, Raphaël Arbuz
Translations: Nina Kaelin


With the participation of Cinéforom
And the support of La Loterie Romande

With the supports of:

Fondation Tutator
Fonds culturel SUISSIMAGE
Pour-cent culturel Migros : Postproduction
Succès passage antenne SRG SSR
Amnesty International
Freestudios

© 2018 Intermezzo Films SA - RTS - Globe Cartoon

Production:
Intermezzo Films

28, rue de Bâle, 1201 Geneva, Switzerland
www.intermezzofilms.ch
info@intermezzofilms.ch
+41.22.741.47.47


International sales (TV & Digital):
Journeyman Pictures

United Kingdom
www.journeyman.tv
films@journeyman.tv
+44 (0) 208 786 6057

Swiss Distribution:
Chappatte & Widmann

Association Good Story, Globe cartoon, Geneva, Switzerland
afwid@hotmail.com
+41 79 409 48 25

International sales (festivals):
Sweet Spot Docs

Anna Berthollet
1807 Blonay, Switzerland
www.sweetspotdocs.com
anna@sweetspotdocs.com
+41 (0) 78 637 04 44
+33 (0) 6 20 65 33 03