Pay Equity & Women – One of Equitas Entertainment’s missions is to produce compelling and important projects that provide opportunities for the under-served in the film industry, while closing the gender pay gap. To do this, Imprisoned committed to paying our female lead equal to her male counterpart, along with hiring 11 female department heads including in casting and production roles.
Capital Punishment – Although hanging is not legal in Puerto Rico, its role in the film serves as a visceral and effective representation for the film’s deeper conflicts and themes surrounding rehabilitation and punishment. The film explores capital punishment’s value for deterrence verses revenge and the power of redemption.
Rehabilitation & Second Chances – Equitas Entertainment has partnered with PeaceLove in the release of Imprisoned, allowing the film and a percentage of its revenue to provide tangible real-world rehabilitation programs to incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals. Additionally, during the filming of Imprisoned, Equitas Entertainment worked within the Puerto Rican community to provide production and performance-based employment to formerly and currently incarcerated individuals.
Hurricane Maria – Imprisoned is the last movie to film in Puerto Rico prior to Hurricane Maria, wrapping on June 22, 2017, and Hurricane Maria hitting the island in September 2017. When the hurricane hit, the filmmakers lost contact with their post-production team for over a week, who were still located in Puerto Rico. The only locations from the film that did not sustain damage in the hurricane were the historical forts, as they were built to sustain foreign invasion. Damage was done to the home used for Maria and Dylan in the film, their restaurant, and the bar. There was substantial damage to infrastructure across the island, and a total loss of power. Repair efforts are ongoing in 2019 to work toward repairing all that can be repaired, but each location is forever altered by the storm’s massive impact.