Boys on the Inside
Filmed over an 8 year period, this documentary follows a group of formerly (and currently) incarcerated individuals who tell the intimate stories of coming into themselves in the context of ‘boy’ culture in Washington State women’s prisons.
About The Project
“Boys on the Inside” is a character driven documentary that looks at ‘boy’ indentity in women’s prisons in Washington State. Through this lens, the film explores aspects of prison culture, gender/sexuality in prison, institutionalization, addiction, cycles of violence, poverty and race. Lead social actor Sebastian, a transman who grew up with a father in Hells Angels and began to deliver and use drugs with family before the age of 10, was in and out of Washington State women’s prisons for a total of 8.5 years before getting his life on track. The lasting impacts of institutionalization are very real though, and he and other social actors explore the impacts of prison in their lives. Christina, a Chicana ‘boy’ with a great laugh, grew up in Yakima, Washington with a preacher father, with a youth framed around agricultural farm work before school, gang culture and addiction. Sarah, a Latina ‘boy,’ cycles for years through various states of sobriety and incaceration with the support of her mom and sister, searching for her place in life. TaLee, who we see at the height of her success as a business owner after years of ex-felon lapses back into drug use with devistating consequences. Tama-Lisa, Liz and Honey Jo, who are ‘girly-girls’ like TaLee, find their way from their sorted pasts wrapped up in voilence to having careers and homes, the stuff that dreams are made of when these women were in prison. El Heffe, Tank and Riley discuss the politics of being butch and trans in women’s prisons, the descrimination they faced and the struggles around building up your spirit after living years of your life as a number in a world cut off from the rest of society. This film also gives light to the strong humor and survival of these individuals, as they move through various relationship, tragedies and successes, heart breaks and wake up calls. It is a film that sheds an intimate light on aspects of gender and women’s prison culture that has yet to be seen in a documentary film to date.
About This Team
Elliat Graney-Saucke – Director / Executive Producer
Making short films since age 13, Elliat’s first feature documentary “Travel Queeries” premiered in 2009 at the British Film Institute when she was 25 years old, going on to tour 13 countries with 40 international screenings. After living in Berlin, Germany from 2009-2015, she is back in Seattle working on completing her 8 year endeavour “Boys on the Inside” as well as taking an active role as a Steering Committee Member of SeaDoc (Seattle Documentary Association) and teaching film at the NW Film Forum, Reel Queer Youth, Coyote Central and Reel Grrls. With a BA in “Cultural Studies” from Goddard College and a MA in “World Heritage Studies” from the Brandenburgische Technische Universität, Elliat considers herself a life long learner, creator, researcher and activist, with her primary mode of creative expression being documentary film. Elliat is a queer female/femme identified film director and producer.
Sebastian Raine – Producer
A lead social actor in “Boys on the Inside,” Sebastian has stepped up to take an active role within the films production as a public speaker and support around organizational functions, volunteer coordination, setting up interviews, doing outreach within formerly incarcerated communities and giving feedback on footage use in the film. He has also held an active role within the non-religious prison arts program “Keeping the Faith” for nearly ten years, going from a program participant when he was incarcerated to holding the position of coordinator and now maintaining an active role within the creative team. Beginning to take Testosterone in 2015, in addition to bringing voice to realities of being formerly incarcered and being mixed-race Latinx, Sebastian also sheds light on the realities of being transmale identitied within the film.
Amy Mahardy – Editor
Owner and director of Chicken Chicken Sit Down Media, Amy is a five-time Emmy®-award winning Video Producer/Editor with over a decade of experience in video production, audio engineering and graphic design. An experienced digital storyteller, Amy produces and edits for various programs or program segments, documentaries, marketing videos and program promotion. She also works in motion graphics, audio mixing/sweetening, and color correction. Working first with Elliat Graney-Saucke in 2006 on the trailer for “Travel Queeries,” Amy is excited to join up again through the project “Boys on the Inside,” working on crafting these strong stories into a groundbreaking feature film.
Cinemotography for “Boys on the Inside” has been provided by a variety of DPs, including:
Valerie Vozza (Emmy®-award winner)
Sid Peterson (“Put This on the Map“)
Elliat Graney-Saucke (Director)
Arlo Balad (Blanket Fort Films) – 2016/2017
As well as a vast array of archival footage from various sources
PROJECT ADVISORS & CONSULTANTS:
Pat Graney – Interviewee Advisor
Executive and Aristic Director of Pat Graney Company and international award winning dance choreographer, Pat Graney founded and has been director of the non-religious prison arts program “Keeping the Faith” in women’s prisons for 25 years.
Kari Lerum – Educational Curriculum Advisor
Associate Professor at the University of Washington, Bothel, with focuses on cultural studies, sexuality studies, critical race studies, and media studies.
Jason Plourde – Production/Distribution Advisor
Executive Director of Three Dollar Bill Cinema, producers of TWIST: Seattle Queer Film Festival and Translations: Seattle Trans Film Festival, Jason and Three Dollar Bill Cinema has been supporting the work of Elliat Graney-Saucke for 13 years, including supporting participating in programming support through attending the Berlinale Film Festival.
Laura Jean Cronin – Production Advisor
Board President of Women in Film Seattle as well as Director/Producer of a strong body of film through Pound Arts, Laura Jean has provided in-kind support and advice throughout the production of “Boys on the Inside.”
Marilyn Freeman – Production Advisor
Marilyn Freeman is Co-Director of Wovie and creator of the film technique CinemaDivina. With a wide body of work, including directoring the feature experimental documentary narrative “Group” (featuring Carrie Brownstein), she is also the writer of the up and coming feature “Sophisticated” about Hollywood director Dorothy Arzner. Marilyn has known and supported Elliat Graney-Saucke’s work since 2001 and has been an active support and advisor toward “Boys on the Inside,” including facilitating the films’ ‘work-in-progress’ screening in May 2015 (Seattle).
Eliaichi Kimaro – Production Advisor
Stephen Anunson – Development/Production Support
Gisella Bustillos – Development Advisor
Jen Kilchenmann – Development Advisor
Carlos Pedraza – Development/Production Advisor
Michel Hansmire – Production Advisor
Ariel Glassman – Development Advisor
Debbie Poulsen – Content Advisor
Marianne Goldin – Marketing Advisor