Songs from the Hole

Film phase:Post Production


An incarcerated musician struggles for healing and peace as he comes of age in this documentary-musical odyssey composed behind bars.

Songs from the Hole is a participant of the 2022 (Egg)celerator Lab.


Headshot of a woman with long hair and looking above the camera, wearing a black turtle neck and berretContessa Gayles is an award-winning filmmaker, journalist, and Emmy® nominated producer. She tells stories about identity, socio-political movements, healing, liberation, and the radical imagination. Contessa previously directed, produced, DP’ed, and edited original series and documentaries for CNN (The Feminist on Cellblock Y). Her work has been supported by Impact Partners, Field of Vision, SFFILM, Artemis Rising Foundation, and others. She is a 2021 Film Independent Amplifier fellow, a 2021 BAVC MediaMaker fellow, and a 2022 Firelight Media Documentary Lab fellow.