TURN THE PAGE is a story of hope, humanity, and literacy revolving around the work of volunteers as they help incarcerated parents record themselves reading children’s books to audiocassette. These ‘Bedtime Stories’ (tapes and books) are a way, and in some cases the only way, for a parent and child to have a connection during their separation.

After discovering Claire Kremer and the volunteers at Ontario County Jail in Canandaigua, NY and being the mother of two small children that I read to every night before bed, I felt immediately compelled to tell this story. The primary goal of TURN THE PAGE is to encourage a national discussion about the issue of parents, incarceration, the children left behind, and the role of literacy.

– Linda Moroney, director

Statistics

  • Parents of minor aged children held in the nation’s prisons increased by 79% between 1991 and 2007, with the average age of 8 years old.
  • More than one in every 100 adults in America are in jail or prison.  (Pew Charitable Trust)
  • Over 1.7 million children in this country have a parent serving a sentence in state or federal prison. (Glaze & Maruschak, 2008)
  • 22% of these children are under the age of five. (Glaze & Maruschak, 2008)
  • A child from a low-income family enters kindergarten with a listening vocabulary of 3,000 words, while a child of a middle-income family enters with a listening vocabulary of 20,000 words (Hart & Risley, 1995).

Support for TURN THE PAGE is provided by The Marie C. & Joseph C. Wilson Foundation, The Sea Stone Foundation, and The Seeds of Peace Fund. HUGE production support provided by Crystal Pix.

If you would like to support TURN THE PAGE, please make out your fully tax-deductible donation to FILM ODYSSEY (our 501 (c) (3) Fiscal Sponsor) and mail it to:

Low to the Ground Productions
194 Chestnut Hill Drive
Rochester, NY 14617

Still photography by Julie Gelfand

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