Huntsville Station

Huntsville Station

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.

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Jamie Meltzer

Chris Filippone


Directors: Jamie Meltzer, Chris Filippone
Cinematographer: Chris Filippone
Editor: Chris Filippone, Jamie Meltzer
Sound Designer: Dan Olmsted


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Jamie Meltzer
Stanford University
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Jamie Meltzer
Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband

Year: 2020
Premiere Status: North American Premiere
Genre: Crime, Documentary
Screening Section: Documentary Shorts Competition
Screening Category: Documentary Short
Country: United States
Language: English
Runtime: 13 mins