George Clooney leads team behind historic new prison movie

Directors and actors attend a premiere for "Suburbicon" at the 42nd Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in Toronto, Canada. Featuring: George Clooney Where: Toronto, Canada When: 09 Sep 2017 Credit: Euan Cherry/

George Clooney and his business partner Grant Heslov have made history as the first producers to shoot a movie in a working maximum security prison - with inmates.

The filmmaking duo have wrapped filming on director Madeleine Sackler's new movie O.G., which was shot at the Pendleton Correctional Facility in Indiana - the only prison that gangster John Dillinger didn't escape from, according to Deadline.

Shooting took place around the 1,700 inmates.

Ambitious Sackler also filmed a documentary, "It’s A Hard Truth, Ain’t It," at the prison.

"Madeleine has crafted a beautiful and thought-provoking film, providing a window into the world of incarceration and the effect it has on countless Americans and their families," Heslov tells Deadline.

Jeffrey Wright stars in O.G. as a convict close to the end of his sentence, who must choose whether or not to put his freedom at risk to help a young inmate involved in gang activities.

Theothus Carter, who is serving a 65-year sentence at Pendleton, co-stars and more than 120 inmates were cast as background actors in the movie.

While researching the film, director Sackler led a moviemaking masterclass at the prison. She and the inmates she taught collaborated on It’s A Hard Truth, Ain’t It.

"It was a collaborative filmmaking dream... that enabled us to make two completely different films that share some of the real-world experiences of being in prison today with people living outside the prison’s walls," she says.


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