A Place To Stand World Premiere Press Release

September 4, 2014

I am learning to look at myself differently, to see the scattered remnants of hope and dreams and collect them again.
–Jimmy Santiago Baca, May 28, 1977, Arizona State Prison

On September 26, 2014, the world premiere of the feature-length documentary A Place to Stand will take place in Santa Fe, New Mexico at the James A. Little Theatre.

A Place to Stand tells the story of celebrated poet and Santa Fe, New Mexico native Jimmy Santiago Baca. Baca was a petty thief and a drug dealer when he was sentenced to five years in Arizona State Prison, one of the deadliest prisons in America. He began his incarceration violent, angry and illiterate, yet taught himself how to read and write, discovering a passion for poetry that ultimately saved his life.

The film is inspired by Baca’s best-selling memoir of the same name, published by Grove Press in 2001, called “elegant and gripping” (Los Angeles Times) and “an astonishing narrative that affirms the triumph of the human spirit” (Arizona Daily Star).

“Jimmy’s story inspires the possibility of individual transformation, regardless of circumstance,” says Daniel Glick, Director of A Place to Stand. “Our mission is to make this example of dramatic turnaround widely available to at-risk populations, through screenings and curriculum, demonstrating the importance of education in changing lives.”

The world premiere gala of A Place to Stand is presented by THEATREWORK, which has organized a weekend of events including poetry readings, performances, a conversation with the filmmakers, and an art show by Albuquerque painter Eric Christo Martinez. View the full list of events at http://www.twnm.org/?p=1491.

For more information and photos, contact Campbell Gerrish at campbell.gerrish@gmail.com.

For additional materials about the events, contact THEATERWORK director David Olson at thwork@cybermesa.com or (505) 471-1799. 

Credits: Director/Producer/Editor: Daniel Glick; Executive Producer: David Grubin; Producer: Gabriel Baca; Cinematography: Michael Gordon, Gabriel Baca, Daniel Glick; Associate Producer: Andres Salazar. A Place to Stand is a production of Catamount Films, LLC and is fiscally sponsored by the Center of Southwest Culture.