The Stanford Prison ExperimentAbout the Film
Based on a true story, The Stanford Prison Experiment chronicles a landmark, still controversial psychology experiment with nail-biting intensity. During the summer break of 1971, Stanford professor Philip Zimbardo (Billy Crudup) embarks on a study of imprisonment and power dynamics: 24 male undergrads (many signing up to make a few bucks) are randomly assigned the role of either guard or prisoner in a small mock jail built in the bowels of the university’s psych department. With absolute power given to the guards, things spin quickly and violently out of control, and Zimbardo and his team, monitoring the mounting tensions via surveillance cameras, must reckon with the consequences. The film features an astonishing ensemble of young actors, including Ezra Miller, Michael Angarano, and Tye Sheridan, and a taut script by Tim Talbott, which won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.
Kyle Patrick Alvarez in attendance