A Hard Straight
A gang member, a hustler, and a small-time dealer. They served their sentences, they’re on parole. Now they’re about to discover that walking out the prison gates is just the beginning. A Hard Straight is a documentary about doing time on the outside. The film interweaves the stories of two men and one woman as they attempt to construct new lives outside prison. We see them from the ecstatic moment of their first taste of freedom to the inevitable frustrations, joys, and banality of life outside of prison; and finally, to either a successfully established life on the outside or a return to prison. A Hard Straight is an extremely intimate, dramatic, and compelling film that exposes the truth behind the radical transition from prison life to society and sheds a bright and unblinking light on the profound experience of doing time and trying to go straight.