A Woman on the Outside

Film phase:Completed


After watching nearly every man in her life disappear to prison, Kristal Bush channels that struggle into keeping families connected, both as a social worker and through her van service that transports riders–mostly women–to visit loved ones in faraway prisons. But when her father and brother come home after decades behind bars, Kristal confronts the challenge of rebuilding her family and making a home for her nephew, Nyvae. Interweaving intimate vérité with Kristal’s own archive, A Woman on the Outside is a tender portrait of a family striving to love in the face of a system built to break them.

A Woman on the Outside is a participant of Project: Hatched 2022.


Headshot of Lisa Riordan Seville, a woman with medium length hair, smiling and looking at the camera.Lisa Riordan Seville is an award-winning reporter and independent filmmaker whose stories explore how money, power, and policy shape the lives of everyday people. Her investigative and enterprise work has appeared across NBC News platforms, on BuzzFeed News, The Guardian US, Lifetime/A+E Networks, and WNYC Radio. Lisa’s work has been recognized with a Peabody Award, a Hillman Prize, and a Sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society of Professional Journalists, among others. In 2021, she wrote a cover story for New York Magazine about the deaths of 15 men in New York City’s notorious Rikers Island jail complex.


Portrait of Zara Katz, a woman with medium hair, wearing a black shirt with a necklace and looking to the left away from the camera.

Zara Katz is a filmmaker and photo producer for editorial, documentary, and branded content, specializing in crafting character-driven visual stories. Katz is currently Photography Director at NBC News and has worked with media outlets including The New York Times Lens blog, Time magazine, Medium, The Guardian US, Pop-Up Magazine, and Lifetime/A+E Networks. She was the Senior Photography Producer on Project #ShowUs, a Getty Images/Dove campaign, in which more than 100 women and nonbinary photographers participated. The campaign won the Silver Glass Lion at Cannes 2019. 

In 2014, Katz and Riordan Seville co-created Everyday Incarceration, an Instagram account featuring visual stories of 40 years of mass incarceration. Their work has been exhibited at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Photoville, and FOTODOKS, and was featured on The New York Times’ Instagram account. A Woman on the Outside is their first feature documentary.



Portrait of Kiara C. Jones, a woman looking to the right, away from the camera, with curly medium hair, wearing a no-sleeve tank, a long necklace and round big earrings.Kiara C. Jones is an award-winning producer, director, writer, and proprietor of Cultivated Films LLC, a New York-based production company that champions diverse storytelling and focuses on creating sustainable financial models for independent filmmakers. Kiara’s filmmaking has been widely celebrated including an Independent Spirit Award nomination for producing Anja Marquardt’s She’s Lost Control and The Directors Guild of America Grand Jury Award for her debut feature Christmas Wedding Baby. Kiara produced the 2019 Sundance premiere Premature, directed by Rashaad Ernesto Green, and has been an IFP/Blackhouse Producing fellow, a Trans Atlantic Partners International Co-Production Symposium fellow, a 2019BRIO Award winner, and an inaugural fellow of the WGA-E Inclusive Screenwriters Workshop mentored by Scott Frank.