Stanford Prison Experiment: director/editor Kyle Patrick Alvarez
By Randi Altman
students in a 1971 social experiment at Stanford University tried
something new, with horrifying results. For writer/director/editor Kyle
Patrick Alvarez, changing roles has been a much more positive experience.
His third and most recent film as director is
The Stanford Prison Experiment, released nationwide in mid-July
but screened at Sundance in January.
The movie, based on the book The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn
Evil, by the professor who ran the experiment, shows how power can
corrupt. This is the third film that Alvarez has helmed (2013’s
C.O.G. and 2009’s Easier With Practice), but the first
he didn’t write. The screenplay by Tim Talbott, says the director, was
one of those well-regarded but un-produced scripts that was known around
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