Seats at the Table

: Documentary Feature
GENRE: Documentary
STATUS: Completed



In a maximum security prison, college students and juvenile offenders meet weekly to discuss Russian Literature and discover the transformative power of their shared humanity.





Seats at the Table depicts the life-changing experience undergone by university students and maximum security juvenile prisoners as they meet together to discuss classic works of Russian Literature. This unique class reveals the common humanity shared by these disparate groups when the opportunity to form relationships to bridge differences is created by an innovative educator.


Having spent years with another wonderful teacher, John Hunter, working to replicate his World Peace Game,(the subject of my documentary World Peace and other 4th-Grade Achievements), I met and observed for the past two years UVA Professor Andrew Kaufman and his Books Behind Bars program. This is another example of the potential created by a stellar educational experience. My hope is that this film will truly inspire others to create this type of program in their own communities.


Bill Reifenberger - Editor

Gene Rhodes - Director of Photography

Gabriel DeLoach - Sound Recorder


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UPDATE - September 05, 2018

Seats at the Table will have its world premiere at the Global Peace Film Festival in Olando, Florida in September, 2018. That will be followed by a screening at the United Nations Association Film Festival in Palo Alto, California in October. 

UPDATE - October 10, 2017

While still raising completion funding, we are submitting "Seats" to film fests for a 2018 release. 

UPDATE - November 01, 2016

 Filming of Seats at the Table was conducted from January to May, 2016. We are presently creating a trailer that we hope will aid in secruing the funding necessary to complete the film, scheduled for the summer of 2017. 

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