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Aurora native`s Oscar-nominated documentary will move you

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Edgar Barens has been a documentary filmmaker for years. His most recent film, "Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall," got him picked up by HBO and landed him an Oscar nomination.

The Aurora native began his journey to the Academy Awards in Louisiana, where researching prison hospice care in Angola Prison led to a greater journey.

Two months into his stay in the Iowa State Penitentiary, he met World War II veteran Private Jack Hall. Barens spent 12 to 15 hours a day within the walls of one of America's oldest maximum security prisons for the next four months, documenting the inmate's final moments.

This one-man documentary crew's work resulted in much more than a short documentary. Barens was nominated for an Academy Award for his efforts.

Going into the Oscars on March 2, Barens was widely considered to be the front runner. The Washington Post said the documentary "will win your heart, if not the Oscar." called it the "one truly great film in this category."

But when the winner was read, Barens didn't hear his name. His consolation prize is nothing to scoff at. HBO has picked up "Prison Terminal," which will air later this month. His future as a documentary filmmaker is just beginning.

That's the thing about stories – sometimes they never end. That is great news for a storyteller.

Oscar-nominated documentary "Prison Terminal: the Last Days of Private Jack Hall," premieres on HBO March 31, 2014. It's an incredible film.

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