Filmed at Indiana’s Pendleton Correctional Facility, It’s a Hard Truth, Ain’t It follows 13 incarcerated men as they study filmmaking as a vehicle to explore their memories and how they ended up with decades-long sentences.

Several of those 13 men were also cast as first-time actors in O.G., and all of them directed It’s a Hard Truth, Ain’t It alongside O.G. director Madeleine Sackler. Animated sequences by Yoni Goodman bring their stories to life. Read More

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How It Got Made

Director Madeleine Sackler discusses how both O.G. and It's a Hard Truth, Ain't It came together: "My goal was to disregard all the prison films that had ever been made and start from scratch."

Behind the Scenes

The cast and directors explain how this project, with its animated storytelling sequences, is unlike other documentaries about life in prison.

Remembering Charles Lawrence

Head to IndieWire for a piece by Sackler about the loss of co-director Charles Lawrence, who died of COVID-19 in prison.


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