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OHS Grad Up for Academy Award Sunday

Feb 28, 2014 11:10AM ● By Steven Jack

Edgar Barens is nominated for an Academy Award in the documentary film-short subject category. Courtesy IMDB

Edgar Barens, a 1979 graduate of Oswego High School, may walk away with film-making's biggest prize Sunday night — an Academy Award.

Barens is the director of the best documentary, short-subject nominated film Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall. According to its website, the film "breaks through the walls of one of Americas oldest maximum security prisons to tell the story of the final months in the life of a terminally ill prisoner, Jack Hall and the hospice volunteers, they themselves prisoners, who care for him." 

Barens grew up in Montgomery and graduated from OHS. He then went on to earn his bachelor's and master's degrees in cinema and photography from Southern Illinois University, the film's site said. 

The film has been listed by many critics as a top contender for Sunday's Oscar.

Read more about Barens on his IMDB page.

Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall will debut on HBO March 31. Find the film's trailer below.

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View the trailer for Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall