‘No Human Involved’: Filmmaker PJ Starr Discusses Her Documentary Telling Marcia Powell’s Story

A sorely needed project, featured by Ruth Jacobs on her brilliant blog. I hope whoever is able will click the indiegogo button and help this amazing project get off the ground.

Soul Destruction

PJ Starr Photograph by Mike Shipley taken during filming PJ Starr – picture taken during filming
Photo credit: Mike Shipley

Can you tell me about your current project No Human Involved?

In 2009 my friend and colleague Cris Sardina (who is now the co-coordinator of the Desiree Alliance) sent me an email about the death of Marcia Powell in Perryville Prison outside of Phoenix, Arizona. Marcia had been serving a 27 month sentence for solicitation of prostitution and corrections officers had left her out in the sun in a metal cage in searing heat until she collapsed. Soon after, in hospital her life was ended when the Director of Arizona Department of Corrections removed her from life support.

Cris Sardina of Desiree Alliance holding pictures of Marcia Powell Photo credit: PJ Starr Cris Sardina of Desiree Alliance holding pictures of Marcia Powell
Photo credit: PJ Starr

After reading about what happened, Marcia’s story was always with me.

Later in 2010 at the Filmmakers’ Collaborative at the Maysles Institute in Harlem, NYC, I…

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  1. Hello, I found your blog from Do Not Die Young. I love the community you are creating and look forward to reading your articles.

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    • Thank you, Gina. The lovely community has created itself, and keeps on growing as we find each other. Welcome to my little corner, and I hope you visit my other friends’ blogs too. I look forward to visiting yours!

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