From Court Room to Dark Room

Living in the middle of the mountains of Montana with his wife and youngest daughter, Craig Shannon, a man who has devoted his life to defending the accused, sees something new when he looks through the lens of his camera.

  • Isadora Shannon
  • Isadora Shannon
  • Isadora Shannon
  • Craig Shannon
    Key Cast
    "Criminal Defense Attorney-Photographer"
  • Ingrid Shannon
    Key Cast
    "Craig's Youngest Daughter"
  • Michelle Hesslau
    Key Cast
    "Craig's Wife"
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  • Runtime:
    10 minutes 43 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 30, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Student Project:
  • Yale Intermediate Documentary Film Festival Student Screening
    New Haven, CT
    United States
    April 30, 2019
Director Biography - Isadora Shannon

Isadora Shannon is a rising senior at Yale College majoring in Film and Media Studies. Her father is a Criminal Defense Attorney and her mother earned a master’s in Psychology and worked in the school system before stopping work to raise her three daughters. She grew up in Missoula, a small but art-filled valley town in the Northwest Corner of Montana, where she spent her days exploring the mountains behind her home with her two sisters (one older, one younger). From a very young age, her parents instilled in her a love of art and nature, which has burgeoned into a curiosity of the world and those around her, leading her to pursue documentary filmmaking. She hopes to spend her life traveling and learning about others, sharing their stories by making documentaries, spending time in nature hiking with family and friends, baking, writing fiction and poetry, and watching films.

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Director Statement

I am so grateful to be able to share the beginnings of what I hope to develop into a longer and more in-depth story of a particular artist-lawyer who has always inspired me.

It was an incredibly rewarding experience making a film about a family member, as I invested more than I could have imagined since it was something so inherently close to me, yet something from which I had to simultaneously achieve a certain distance to gain a greater perspective on my dad and the subject than the one I have always known.

I also want to thank those who have supported me, and my lawyer-artist dad, along the way! I have been blessed to grow up around so many unique and inspiring, kind-hearted people and in a place as unique and beautiful as Missoula, Montana. I am looking forward to more filming and screenings to come, for all the new adventures the documentary process will take me on, and for all the stories I will hopefully be able to share with others through such a process and a craft.