I am a documentary filmmaking student in New York City (originally from Ireland) and I am currently in pre-production for a 20-30 minute documentary about the prison system here in the United States. What I am hoping to do is to take sections from letters from prisoners, both past and present, (without using their names, or, if they agree, using their names) to describe a typical day for inmates but also to include other information about them, their hobbies, their interests, their life in general. These letters would not be directed to me, but ones that are already in existence between the prisoner and their girlfriend/boyfriend/friends/family members/pen pals, anyone that has correspondence from an inmate.
I would be really so grateful for your help with this undertaking. I believe that a really powerful and moving documentary could be made, showing the life of a prisoner, from the prisoner's perspective.
Please feel free to message me here and I can forward you my e-mail address. Thank you so much for taking the time to read this and I really look forward to speaking with you.