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Downstream: The Effects of Parental Incarceration Film Screening

Don’t miss the local screening of DOWNSTREAM: THE EFFECTS OF PARENTAL INCARCERATION – A new film by Brad Salon, on Monday, April 29th at 6:30 p.m., U-32 High School Auditorium

DOWNSTREAM is a one-hour documentary film featuring the compelling stories of those left behind when a parent goes to prison. Vermont children and caregivers share their experiences, revealing the complex and emotional terrain they navigate in the wake of a parent’s incarceration.

The film also includes the voices of a number of Vermont leaders and advocates whose perspectives help give larger context to the children’s and family’s stories. Those appearing in the film include: elected and state officials, educators, a law school professor, and a pediatrician. A discussion will follow the film.

Commentary by those who have attended previous screenings attest to its power and poignancy.

Senator Patrick Leahy says this about the film: “’DOWNSTREAM’ paints a vivid picture of the generational impact of incarceration on Vermont’s children and families. Thanks to the subjects who have agreed to share their most personal stories so that others may better understand the plight that they and others face.”

“The burden carried by children and other family members of those incarcerated was presented in an honest, urgent, and persuasive way,” stated Vermont Lt. Governor David Zuckerman.

Tanya Searles, a mental health counselor in Hyde Park, shared this comment: “The compassion and empathy with which you were able to tell those stories was moving. People who see this film will be changed.”

The screening is free and open to the public. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUESTED – See the film trailer and reserve your seat by going to the film web site:

Childcare is provided. Please reserve space by emailing

DOWNSTREAM is produced by Brad Salon, of Bear Notch Productions, in association with Resilience Beyond Incarceration a program of the Lamoille Restorative Center. Washington Central Supervisory Union is hosting this screening. For more information contact Tricia Long at or Kelly Bushey at