Mr. Wash

Winner of 2019 Webby Award, Best Branded Documentary


One of the most special projects I've worked on—a short documentary with my friend and co-director, Sean Mattison, about the amazing artist Fulton Leroy Washington, a.k.a. Mr. Wash.

I met Wash while I was writing this story on Obama's clemency initiative for The Outline. He's easily one of the most charismatic and remarkable people I've encountered.


In 1997 Wash was given a life sentence. 21 years later, he was freed by President Obama. In that time he taught himself how to paint, crafting thousands upon thousands of incredible images in prison. He helped bring inmates' families together on canvas when it wasn't possible in real life.


The short has been generously supported by WeTransfer. View the full site here.

Photo by Joe Miller

Photo by Joe Miller

And if you know how to get in touch with Obama, let me know. Wash really wants to thank him in person.

Co-director &


Sean Mattison




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