Join ICP for a special screening of the short film “Sheila & Joe,” followed by a conversation with the filmmakers, director Julie Winokur and cinematographer Ed Kashi, and the subjects of the film, Sheila Rule and Joe Robinson. 

“Sheila & Joe” is a love story that unfolds behind bars. This story is told through hundreds of letters shared by Sheila Rule, a former  New York Times  correspondent, and Joe Robinson, a man serving a prison sentence of 25 years to life. Despite a 20 year age difference, and undeterred by the physical barriers of prison, their love has unstoppable momentum. Intimate and nuanced, this short film visits the space between compassion and passion, revealing a man who transcends his crime and a woman who dares to break the rules.

Sheila & Joe premiered at the Woodstock Film Festival in 2021 and received an award for Documentary Daily Life from Pictures of the Year International 2021. The film was  published on NPR’s The Picture Show  in 2021.

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Speaker Bios

Joe Robinson is the author of Think Outside the Cell: An Entrepreneur’s Guide for the Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated. He is currently writing a memoir, Losing Mama: One Family’s Ongoing Recovery from the Crack Epidemic.

Sheila Rule is a writer based in New York City. She was a journalist at The New York Times for more than 30 years, including stints as a reporter, editor and correspondent in Africa and Europe. She is now writing a novel and embracing her passion for social justice.

Ed Kashi is a renowned photojournalist who uses photography, filmmaking and social media to explore geopolitical and social issues that define our times. He is also a dedicated educator and mentor to photographers around the world and lectures frequently on visual storytelling, human rights and the world of media. His newest book, Abandoned Moments: A Love Letter to Photography is being published by Kehrer Verlag in Germany and is now available in bookstores and online.

Julie Winokur, Executive Director of Talking Eyes Media, has been a storyteller for over two decades, first as a magazine writer and then as a documentary filmmaker. She launched Talking Eyes in 2002 as a way to focus on creating visual media that catalyzes positive social change. Her work has appeared on PBS, the Documentary Channel, MediaStorm, National Geographic Magazine and Discovery online, as well as in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, and Beyond broadcast and publication, Winokur works extensively with nonprofit organizations to develop their messages and put Talking Eyes' films to work at the grassroots level. She has been a National Geographic Explorer and served on the faculty of Rutgers University-Newark and the International Center of Photography in New York.