Synopsis: Sugar State Women’s Prison. An Everglades hellhole where innocent girls are forced to slave in the swamps by day then turn tricks for the warden by night. A prison camp where corruption, brutality, and sexual abuse are all part of the daily routine. But when reporter Valerie March goes undercover inside Sugar State, that’s when the powder keg really explodes! Follow Valerie through prison life - catfights, knife fights, rape, whippings, prostitution, and the “hot box” - before she and her fellow inmates take bloody, unforgettable revenge on their captors. Inspired by the great women-in-prison films of the past, SUGAR BOXX takes everything one step further. SUGAR BOXX has it all.
Round-up: Wrting for indieWIRE during its debut at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, critic Anthony Kaufman called the film a "stunning, subtle achievement" and "a deeply resonant story... [that]... proves [Boden and Fleck] are just as adept working on a wider canvas, away from home." The ever-crucial New York Times review was also a virtual homerun with A.O. Scott calling the film "wise and lovely" and went on to say that the film "belongs on a shelf with 'Hoop Dreams,' another great film that challenges us to shed our illusions about sports..." Not falling into the cliche trap is one note of praise that resonated with critics across the spectrum, including Melissa Anderson for The Village Voice. "Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck have transformed some of the saggiest, most cliched genres with smarts, non-screechy politics, superb acting, and visual beauty..."