Herman's House

Herman Wallace may be the longest-serving prisoner in solitary confinement in America - 40 years and counting in a 6-by-9-foot cell. This award-winning documentary is a moving account of the remarkable expression his struggle finds in an unusual art project proposed by New York artist Jackie Sumell.

Featuring a full-scale model of Herman's cell and detailed plans of his dream home, the art project has brought thousands around the world face-to-face with the cruel and unusual punishment of long-term solitary confinement. Imagining Wallace's dream home began as a game and became an interrogation of justice and punishment in America.


"Powerful... Poignant." - The New York Times

"Provocative." - The Hollywood Reporter

"A unique and moving story...inventive, poetic and original." - Art Threat

"A cinematic gem." - The Globe and Mail

"An intriguing tale of a very unusual relationship. Viewers might never get to see Wallace, but by the end of the film, they will feel like they know him and will hope for his release." - This Week in New York

"Films like this are vital to our society." - Urbanology

"The story of Herman's House is more than a jailhouse story, goes further and deeper than a simple tale of an uncommon friendship forged between a convict and an artist from different worlds; This film tells of the devastating effects of captivity all the while highlighting the resilience of the human soul." - Forces of Geek


2012 / Canada / Colour / English / 1.78 widescreen anamorphic presentation / Dolby Digital 5.1 / 81 minutes

Director: Angad Singh Bhalla



  • Director Interview
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Optional Dolby Digital 5.1 sound
  • Optional Closed Captioning
  • Theatrical trailer