I Could Tell You 'Bout My Life: Art and Incarceration

On February 7, the debut film I Could Tell You ‘Bout My Life by Director Michael Martin will be shown at the Museum of the City of New York followed by a conversation with New York City Artist, Activists, and Educators.

On April 10, 2017, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a law to raise the age of criminal responsibility to 18 years old. Now, 16- and 17-year-olds are no longer prosecuted and incarcerated as adults. However, when Michael Martin got arrested at the age of 17, this law did not exist and a judge sentenced him to five months in jail at Rikers Island. Two years later, at the age of 19, Martin filmed, narrated, and directed the short film I Could Tell You 'Bout My Life(2018, 26 min), in which he reflects on his incarceration on Rikers and the effect it had on his life. 

Join us for the film's world premiere, followed by a conversation with director Michael Martin and New York artists Onyedika Chuke, Sophia Dawson, and Messiah Ramkissoon about the power of art to address the crisis of mass incarceration. Moderated by Tramia Jackson.

To view a trailer of the film, click here


Museum of the City of New York
1220 5th Ave, New York, NY 10029, USA
February 7, 2019
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM