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The Stanford Prison Experiment

Director: Kyle Patrick Alvarez Run Time: 122 min. Rating: NR Release Year: 2015

Starring: Billy Crudup, Ezra Miller, Keir Gilchrist, Michael Angarano, Olivia Thirlby, Thomas Mann, Tye Sheridan

Northside Film presents THE STANFORD PRISON EXPERIMENT as part of its 2015 festival.

A psychological thriller based on the notorious true story, Billy Crudup stars as Stanford University professor Dr. Philip Zimbardo, who, in 1971, cast 24 student volunteers as prisoners and guards in a simulated jail to examine the source of abusive behavior in the prison system. The results astonished the world, as participants went from middle-class undergrads to drunk-with-power sadists and submissive victims in just a few days.

Winner of two awards at the Sundance Film Festival, including Best Screenplay, and created with the close participation of Dr. Zimbardo himself, The Stanford Prison Experiment is a chilling, edge-of-your-seat thriller about the dark side of power and the effects of imprisonment.