The Narcotic Farm


Accolade Competition Award of Merit for Documentary Research, 2009

Radar Hamburg International Independent Film Fest Special Categories Prize, 2009

Official Selection London International Documentary Film Festival, 2009

Official Selection Barbican London DocSpot Documentary Film Series, 2009

The Narcotic Farm is an hour-long historical documentary that premiered on public television in 2008. It continues to air across the country (check schedule for upcoming airdates). Narrated and scored by former inmate Wayne Kramer of the radical 60s rock band the MC5, the film tells the story of this American institution through the voices of the former addicts who spent years locked within its walls. Astonishing, government-produced films and photographs take viewers inside the prison, highlighting its thriving jazz scene and revealing for the first time the experience of prisoners used as test subjects in its world famous drug research program.

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