Welcome to the official website of "4 Walls," a documentary featuring the slam poet Carlton "S.T.A.R.R." Releford. The film was a culmination of two years of work by director George Washington Rogers, IV.
"4 Walls" was originally intended to be a feature-length documentary revolving around BlackSunshine, a group of slam poets based out of Knoxville, Tennessee. However, due to budget and time constraints, this idea was abandoned in favor of focusing on just one member of the group, whose honesty and willingness to let the filmmakers into his personal life provided the basis for this project. "4 Walls" is now available on DVD through Amazon.com and CreateSpace.
We at Brass Knuckles have been promoting "4 Walls" for close to two years now, and at the end of the day, all we really want as filmmakers is for people to see our work. That is why we have opted to list the film on the Internet Movie Database and allow anyone who wants to check it out to view it online... for free. Check out the film's IMDb page for more information.
Thank you to everyone who took the time to watch the documentary.
On October 12th, "4 Walls" had its U.S. theatrical premiere at the 2008 Secret city Film Festival in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Filmmakers George Rogers and Brian Greer, along with S.T.A.R.R. himself, were in attendance. Following the screening, a small but extremely receptive crowd applauded the film and ask several questions of both the filmmakers and their subject. Check out the video above to see what S.T.A.R.R. had to say about the screening.
We are pleased to announce that "4 Walls" has been accepted into the 2008 Secret City Film Festival! The festival takes place October 9-12 at the Oak Ridge Playhouse in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Check the festival's official site for screening date and time.
Please check back here for news on any screenings near you.
In what was something of a bittersweet final chapter to the "4 Walls" saga, the film's subject (S.T.A.R.R.) decided to leave town to pursue opportunities in Atlanta. Director George Rogers, who spent two years profiling S.T.A.R.R., interviewed the slam poet one last time before he left Knoxville.