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Plays in Shorts Program: With These Hands
Saturday, June 15
12:30 PM - 2:15 PM

Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg Center

555 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001

The Quilters


Jenifer McShane

Executive Producer

Abigail Disney


Will Rogers, Toby Shimin


Scott A. Ruderman

The Quilters follows the daily lives of several quilters inside the sewing room at South Central Correctional Center, a Level 5 maximum-security prison in a small town two hours south of St. Louis, MO. From design to completion, the men reveal their struggles, triumphs, and sense of pride in creating something beautiful in this windowless, sacred space deep within the prison walls.

Director, The Quilters

Jenifer McShane is an independent filmmaker committed to using film to bridge understanding. Her current film, The Quilters, follows a quilting group in a men’s prison in Missouri. Her most recent film, Ernie & Joe: Crisis Cops, won the Jury Award for Empathy & Craft at SXSW 2019 and is currently streaming on HBO. Jenifer spent four years visiting Bedford Hills Correctional Facility to make her previous documentary, Mothers of Bedford, which reveals the impact of incarceration on jailed mothers and their children.