The Academy Awards

A Life Sentence and an Oscar Nod

It doesn't faze convict-journalist WILBERT RIDEAU that he won't be able to attend this year's Oscars, even though his searing look at the hopelessness of prison life, The Farm: Angola, USA, is up for an Academy Award as best documentary film and will be encored on the Arts & Entertainment Network on March 15 and March 20. "One thing about prison is it keeps things in perspective," says co-director Rideau, who is 57 and has served 38 years in Louisiana prisons on a life sentence for murder. "The award would be nice, but it won't change my life one iota. I...

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