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Plays in Shorts Program: The Ties that Bind
Sunday, June 16
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg Center

555 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001

Weekend Visits


Pete Quandt


Hannah Whisenant, Garson Ormiston


Chris Kelley


Pete Quandt, Leroy Farrell

Filmed over a single afternoon, Weekend Visits focuses on the relationships between incarcerated parents and their children. Jessi, a 29-year-old mother from rural Virginia has spent the past seven years in prison. Her child, Ryleigh, is nine and has few memories of life before Jessi was incarcerated. The film quietly observes this brief moment in their lives as they spend a rare day together at an extended visitation house, playing games, cooking meals, and trying their best to pretend everything is normal.

Director, Weekend Visits

Raised in rural upstate New York, Pete is a multidisciplinary director and cinematographer. He’s drawn to working-class communities and stories nationwide, focusing on the mass incarceration system. His first short film, Tuesday Afternoon, premiered at SFFILM and was programmed as a New York Times Op-Docs. His cinematography has been shown at Cannes, Sundance, MOMA, and SXSW.