The videos available here are from director Jenifer McShane.
Jenifer McShane's latest film, MOTHERS OF BEDFORD, follows the experience of five mothers incarcerated at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility and their families who manage in their absence. MOTHERS OF BEDFORD premiered at Hot Docs 2011 in Toronto, screened at Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theater, Jacob Burns Film Center and the IFC in NYC and has screened at film festivals, universities, and in independent theaters across the country. It is also received the Social Justice Film Festival 2013 Director's Choice Award.
Jenifer began her career at CBS News. She premiered her first documentary, A LEAP OF FAITH, in competition at the 1996 Sundance Film Festival. A LEAP OF FAITH, narrated by Liam Neeson, documents the journey of parents opening an integrated school for their Catholic and Protestant children in Belfast, Northern Ireland. A LEAP OF FAITH was televised in the U.S. and internationally, and screened at film festivals around the world.
Jenifer is the former US Executive Director of Co-operation Ireland, the leading peace building non-profit on the island of Ireland. She lives in Guilford, CT with her husband and two children.
Mothering can be difficult at the best of times but
imagine trying to raise your children from prison.
Mothers of Bedford follows five women incarcerated at
New York’s only maximum security prison, Bedford Hills
Correctional Facility. While trying to maintain strong
relationships with their children, nurture them & play central
roles in their lives, these women are also facing the isolation
of life behind bars. The women are supported by an innovative
children’s center that creates a space for positive change in
the least likely of settings: prison. Mothers of Bedford is a
deeply moving story about these women, their journey and
what it means to be a mother.
Women are the fastest growing U.S. prison population today. Eighty percent are mothers of school-age children. Jenifer McShane's absorbing documentary gives human dimensions to these rarely reported statistics, taking us inside Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, a maximum security prison north ...