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Watch ‘The Last Mile,’ Ondi Timoner’s SXSW Short Documentary on Prison Entrepreneurship

Watch 'The Last Mile,' Ondi Timoner's SXSW Short Documentary on Prison Entrepreneurship

Director Ondi Timoner is having a wild South by Southwest. 
Just before the premiere of her documentary “BRAND: A Second Coming” was set to open the fest, her controversial subject, Russell Brand, announced he wouldn’t be attending the festival nor would he make his planned keynote speech.
Despite Brand’s absence, the film still opened to good reviews. But the Brand doc isn’t the only film of Timoner’s playing at SXSW. Her documentary short, “The Last Mile,” also marked its world premiere at this year’s fest.
“The Last Mile” chronicles a tech incubator founded inside San Quentin, California’s oldest men’s prison. As the synopsis continues, “The program teaches inmates entrepreneurship skills with the goal of having each participant found a company that addresses a social issue and includes a technology component — without any access to computers and the Internet. Many of these men have never used a laptop or smartphone, as they’ve been incarcerated for sometimes as long as two decades. Award-winning filmmaker, Ondi Timoner, follows their journey as they struggle to craft a business plan, pitch their ideas in front of a live audience of venture capitalists at Demo Day, and then reenter society.”

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