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Grey Matter

Grey Matter explores an advanced writing cohort inside Mabel Bassett -- Oklahoma's largest maximum security prison for women. Oklahoma incarcerates more women than anywhere else in the world; we incarcerate at double the national average and this number is only expected to rise with the current legislation. It's time to give a voice and hope to the voiceless.

  • Megan Hickey
    Director / Producer
  • Britni Harris
    Director of Photography / Editor
  • William Stackable
    Contributing Director
  • William Dickinson
    Assistant Camera
  • John Burton
    Sound Mixer / Colorist
  • Ed Schotter
    Assistant Sound Editor
  • Samuel Reagan
    Composer
  • Billy Muschinske
    Set Photography
  • Film Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Genres:
    Human Interest, Women's Rights, Incarceration, Social Justice
  • Runtime:
    24 minutes 4 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 15, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    15,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography

Megan Hickey is a director and producer who has spent the past 3 years exploring the concealed stories that haunt her part of the Midwest. Her exploration of story began at a young age when she did an investigative piece on why Oklahoma has the highest rate of stray animals. From that point on she was fascinated with documenting the obscure facets of human life and sharing stories that unite our genuine humanity. After receiving her degree in religious studies and middle eastern studies from the University of Oklahoma she started working for various nonprofits around the world and realized she had the capacity to do more than paperwork. She transitioned into producing at the Oklahoma City-based production company, Scissortail Media. She has dedicated the past year directing/producing Grey Matter, the documentary, about an advanced writing cohort inside Mabel Bassett Correctional Center. Her goal is to show it in all 77 counties in 2018.

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Director Statement

I am always, and always will be, vulnerable to my own work, because by making visible what is most intimate to me I endow it with the objectivity that forces me to see it with utter, distinct clarity. Sharing authentic stories really does break down any barriers or preconceived notions we may have about the world. I believe it's all we can cling to when we are sent into a tumble. This is why I love film.