On April 10, 2017, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a law to raise the age of criminal responsibility to 18 years old. Now, 16- and 17-year-olds are no longer prosecuted and incarcerated as adults. However, when Michael Martin got arrested at the age of 17, this law did not exist and a judge sentenced him to five months in jail at Rikers Island. Two years later, at the age of 19, Martin filmed, narrated, and directed the short film I Could Tell You 'Bout My Life (2018, 26 min), in which he reflects on his incarceration on Rikers and the effect it had on his life.
Join the Museum of the City of New York for the film's world premiere, followed by a conversation with New York-based artists Onyedika Chuke, Sophia Dawson, and Messiah Ramkissoon about the power of art - including film, painting and sculpture, and spoken word - to address the ongoing crisis of mass incarceration.
Tickets are available here.