Well Contested Sites (WCS) is a dance/theater film that explores the experiences faced by those who are incarcerated. The film is a collaboration between Bay Area performing artists, some of who were previously incarcerated, choreographer Amie Dowling and filmmaker, Austin Forbord. The artistic team included: co-choreographer, Natalie Greene; composer, Eli Nelson; beatboxer, Anthony Jones; and director of photography Kitfox Valentin. The piece was developed and filmed on Alcatraz Island in 2013.
Well Contested Sites has been a stimulus for conferences and panels addressing mass incarceration, racial disparities, and restorative justice. The film has been screened at over 20 universities, museums and community organizations in the U.S., as well as internationally. Screenings included panel discussions with the performers, artistic team and restorative justice practitioners. Well Contested Sites received the 2013 American Dance Festival International Screendance Jury Award and was recognized in the San Francisco Bay Guardian in its Dance Highlights of 2013.
To view the WCS curriculum guide click here : Curriculum Guide