Private Project

The Department of Correction

When violence is ruled a disease, privately owned 'correctional facilities', pop up around the globe as new business ventures. At these spa-like clinics, convicts receive empathy treatments by reliving their crime from the victim's perspective via a virtual reality setting. After which, they are free to return to their daily routine, until the next session. Mr. Smith goes in for his first visit.

  • Ninan Tan
    The Promise of Living (Producer), Halloween Was Already Taken (Producer)
  • Ninan Tan
  • Kim Rios Lin
  • Aaron David Anglada
  • Susan Aston
    Key Cast
    The Sopranos, Hawthorne, G.I. Jane
  • Kim Rios Lin
    Key Cast
    Pan-Am, Brown Nation, That's My Time, Handle Your Business
  • Dan Kellmer
    Key Cast
    The Bucks County Massacre, Excuse Me Lisbon
  • Bobby Daniel Rodriguez
    Key Cast
    Shoplifters, Narcos (2017)
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    12 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    November 25, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    7,000 USD
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    United States
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    United States
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Director Biography - Ninan Tan

Born in China and raised in Italy, Ninan Tan is a writer and filmmaker based in New York City. After graduating from NYU, she went on to work for companies such as The Weinstein Company, MTV, The Women's Project Theater, and more. With an interest in science fiction as well as social issues, Ninan often tries to find ways to creatively merge the two through strong storylines and clear cut messages.

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Director Statement

To quote Gene Roddenberry, the creator of Star Trek: "For me science fiction is a way of thinking, a way of logic that bypasses a lot of nonsense. It allows people to look directly at important subjects."
Personally, it is a way to be able to speak up about certain issues by putting a degree of separation between the fictional world and reality that elicits a significantly more honest (or not automatically critical) response from those spoken too (and without sounding too condescending).
The Department of Correction focuses on empathy as a solution to crime. It explores a way to treat criminals without segregating them from society, which in turns creates more detachment and apathy. It also touches upon the problem behind privately owned such institutions.