Directed by:

Dennis Brown         

Al'jonon Coleman   

James Collins         

Clifford Elswick         

Joseph Henderson 

Herb Robertson       

Rushawn Tanksley   



Marshaun Buggs

Franklin Cox  

Brandon Crider  

Quentis Hardiman

Charles Lawrence   

Madeleine Sackler

Mark Thacker

Filmed at Indiana’s Pendleton Correctional Facility during the same production period as HBO film O.G., It’s a Hard Truth Ain’t It follows 13 incarcerated men as they study filmmaking as a vehicle to explore their memories and how they ended up with decades-long sentences. Several of those 13 men were also cast as first-time actors in O.G., and all of them directed It’s a Hard Truth Ain’t It alongside O.G. director Madeleine Sackler. Animated sequences by Yoni Goodman bring their stories to life.


The documentary premiered at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival along with O.G. and is nominated for a 2020 Emmy for Outstanding Arts & Culture Programming.