SONGS FROM THE HOLE – Interview with Director Co-Writer Contessa Gayles, Producer Artist Richie Reseda and Main Subject and Artist James ‘JJ88’ Jacobs

SXSW 2024 begins this Thursday March 7th and runs through March 16th.  Our Gadi Elkon talked with multiple filmmakers having their world premieres at the Austin based festival.  Here is our Interview with SONGS FROM THE HOLE Producer Richie Reseda, Director Contessa Gayles and Main Subject James ‘JJ88’ Jacobs!

At 15, he took a life. Three days later, his brother’s life was taken. A documentary visual album, “Songs from the Hole” follows James “JJ’88” Jacobs through a musical opus of Hip-Hop and Soul, inspired by his innermost struggles as both a person who has committed and experienced violent harm, as he serves a double-life prison sentence. The film interweaves the collective storytelling of its non-fiction participants with imagined representations of memories, dreams and spiritual dialogues set to its protagonist/co-creator’s original music.

Richie, Contessa and JJ talked with our Gadi Elkon about the disproportionate rates of African American male incarceration, JJ and Richie’s story, how the trio first connected, crafting this hybrid doc, and so so so much more!

Here is our interview with SONGS FROM THE HOLE’s Producer Richie Reseda, Director Contessa Gayles and Subject James “JJ88” Jacobs!

The film has it’s world premiere this Saturday March 9th in Austin at SXSW 2024!

For more info, SONGS FROM THE HOLE!

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