Downtown at Sundown

Downtown at Sundown: Film Screening and Conversation

Prisoners working with students on restorative justice
(left) Group leader, Sal, speaks of how the writing program deeply changed lives inside RJD; photo by Lori Sutton. (right) Prisoners in RJD work with SDSU students in innovative writing program in maximum security in RJD prison; photo by Paul Sutton.)

For this installment of Downtown at Sundown, join us for an evening of film and conversation. We will be featuring a screening of the film Straight from the Pen, directed by SDSU Emeritus Faculty, Paul Sutton and co-directed by Lori Sutton. The film explores the realities of the prison system and how creative writing can be a tool for rehabilitation. Twenty-four prisoners come face-to-face with a dozen college students on a maximum-security prison yard. The writing that emerges is life changing, as prisoners trade the alienation, disaffection, and violence for openness and honesty. Though their often-intimate collaboration, both groups find hope and humanity in a place where they expected neither.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A conversation with Robert Gullett and Kevin Howerton, and others who are featured in the film.

Schedule for the evening:

Screening at 6:15 pm
Q&A Conversation at 7:15pm

Film Trailer

Downtown at Sundown is in partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCASD) on the third Thursday of every month from 5 to 8 p.m. Neighborhood restaurants including Aaharn Thai, Carnivore, Waters, and The Stone Brewing Company Store will stay open late.
Check MCASD website for details about each month’s activities.

For more information, contact Chantel Paul, Downtown Gallery Director at cpaul@mail.sdsu.edu.

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego




Parking at the SDSU Downtown Gallery

One America Plaza

One America Plaza at 600 W. Broadway (ABM parking garage)
$5 flat rate when you enter after 5:00 pm and exit before Midnight.

*Garage main entrance closes at 7:00 p.m. After 7:00 p.m., enter through the lobby on W. Broadway to parking garage elevators.


MTS Trolley to the SDSU Downtown Gallery

From the east or SDSU campus

Take the Green Line towards 12th & Imperial. Exit the Green Line at the Santa Fe Depot. Cross Broadway at the corner of Kettner Boulevard to reach the Downtown Gallery entrance.

From the North or South

Exit the Green Line at the Santa Fe Depot. Cross Broadway at the corner of Kettner Boulevard to reach the Downtown Gallery entrance.

Exit the Blue Line at America Plaza. Cross Broadway at the corner of Kettner Boulevard to reach the Downtown Gallery entrance.


SDSU Downtown Gallery Information

*Exhibitions and events at the SDSU Downtown Gallery are free and open to the public.

SDSU Downtown Gallery
725 W. Broadway
San Diego, CA 92101
(619)-501-6370

For more information, contact Chantel Paul, Downtown Gallery Director at cpaul@mail.sdsu.edu.