“Filming Behind Bars,” Omar Broadway’s documentary of live footage taken during his first six months in a New Jersey supermax prison, achieved huge success and was even aired on HBO over the summer. Putting himself at risk of further prison time, the inmate says he’s collected even more footage and is ready to make a sequel. Find out more, and see pictures and video below!

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Shockingly, the filmmaker’s time behind bars wasn’t as pampered as this looks. Using a miniature recording device and capturing some of the most harrowing experiences of his 12 years in prison, some of the footage includes prison security beating up inmates, dragging them down stairs, and standoffs between the prisoners and guards. He hopes his video footage will help reform the federal prison system.

Most prison documentaries “are censored and edited,” he explained in a telephone interview with The Baltimore Sun, with the help of his mother, “and don’t allow for a prisoner’s perspective to shine through and see how we’re living.”

“Filming Behind Bars,” Omar Broadway’s crown jewel, wasn’t exactly a well-planned effort. Snubbed by Reverend Jesse Jackson and Oprah Winfrey when he contacted them for support, he attempted to spread his message with a grass roots movement. Selling them to the highest bidder, they eventually made their way out of prison and onto the streets. There, his ever-devoted mother bought up every one she could find for $5 apiece and had a local news station air the footage. The big break came when, by chance, director Douglas Tirola caught a glimpse and eventually ended up piecing together the official documentary.

With the relatively huge success of his film came the inevitable punishment for filming inside prison. With just a few months left on his sentence, Omar had another 13 tacked on. Incorrigible, he continued filming in secret, and wants to gather enough film for a second movie before he leaves jail in January.

While it’s tough to condone illegal activity, the results of this man’s efforts are quite fascinating. An unfiltered glimpse into one of America’s highest security prisons is a rare thing. What do you think of “Filming Behind Bars”? Omar Broadway is risking further jail time in hopes that his films can spark change in the penitentiary system, but some think he’s just in it for the fame. What do you think of his efforts? Let me know in the comment section after you see a glimpse of his movie in the photos and videos below!

Carlos Quijas (L) and Shohn Huckabee, U.S. citizens and inmates at the jail in Ciudad Juarez talk to Reuters September 24, 2010. Both were arrested last December while driving back to El Paso after visiting family in Ciudad Juarez and were sentenced to five years in prison, guilty of drug trafficking. They have appealed their conviction saying they are innocent and accused soldiers of planting suitcases of marijuana in their vehicle. Mexican soldiers are rounding up hundreds of poor factory workers, mechanics and marijuana addicts in Ciudad Juarez across from El Paso, Texas, without making major drug busts or arrests, rights groups say. Picture taken September 24, 2010. To match MEXICO-DRUGS/  REUTERS/Alejandro Bringas (MEXICO - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW SOCIETY)ITAR-TASS 13: MOSCOW, RUSSIA. MARCH 11. Investigative journalist Oleg Lurye appears in Moscow's Tverskoi city court. Lurye attempted to blackmail member of the Russian Federation Council Vladimir Slutsker and his wife Olga. (Photo ITAR-TASS / Stanislav Krasilnikov) Photo via Newscom Photo via NewscomITAR-TASS 171: MOSCOW, RUSSIA. MARCH 10. Investigative journalist Oleg Lurye appears in Moscow's Tverskoi city court. Lurye attempted to blackmail member of the Russian Federation Council Vladimir Slutsker and his wife Olga. (Photo ITAR-TASS / Stanislav Krasilnikov) Photo via Newscom Photo via Newscom






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