Huntsville Station

Every weekday, dozens of inmates are released on parole from Huntsville State Penitentiary, the largest prison release centre in Texas. With a bus ticket voucher and a $100 release cheque, most of them take in their first moments out of prison with phone calls, cigarettes and quiet reflection at the Greyhound station up the block. In this pivotal moment between incarceration and freedom, a myriad of complicated emotions arise before the bus arrives to take them home. A tender observation.
by Jamie Meltzer, Chris Filippone USA 2020 English, Spanish 14’ Colour World premiere | Documentary form


Directors Jamie Meltzer, Chris Filippone
Cinematography Chris Filippone
Editing Jamie Meltzer, Chris Filippone
Sound Design Dan Olmsted

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Jamie Meltzer

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Jamie Meltzer

Jamie Meltzer

Born in Washington D.C., USA in 1973, he graduated from the San Francisco State University’s cinema programme with a master’s in 2002. He teaches and is the programme director of the MFA programme in documentary film at Stanford University.


2003 Off the Charts: The Song-Poem Story 2007 Welcome to Nollywood 2009 La caminata; short film 2012 Informant 2017 True Conviction 2020 Huntsville Station; short film

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2020

Chris Filippone

Born in Philadelphia, USA in 1987, he studied film and media arts as well as political science at Temple University and documentary film and video at Stanford. His films explore the intersection between work, marginalised voices and contested spaces. How to Breathe in Kern County screened in the 2019 Berlinale Shorts.

Filmography (short films)

2017 Scrap 2018 A View from the Window 2019 How to Breathe in Kern County 2020 Huntsville Station

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2020