Alysa Nahmias

Jesse Krimes is a nonfiction feature film with animation that tells the story of artist Jesse Krimes who, while serving a six-year prison sentence for a drug offense, secretly creates monumental works of art that are smuggled out, piece-by-piece—only seeing them in totality upon his release. Krimes’ journey lays bare the dehumanizing experience of the justice system, and enduring human resilience. The film explores entrenched biases about value—in art and society. It unfolds through verité scenes, and animations created in collaboration with Jesse Krimes and graphic artist Molly Schwartz, within which viewers witness the evolution of Krimes’s perspective and artwork during and after his imprisonment. The original score by Amanda Jones will include compositions and recordings made in collaboration with incarcerated musicians.