Free to Care

A single mother with a passion for nursing, Lisa Creason wanted the freedom to pursue her dreams. When an unjust law prohibited her from doing so, she took the fight into her own hands and ended up opening doorways for thousands like her.

Location

National

Year

2022

Credits

Directors: Chris Temple & Owen Dubeck

Producer: Jenna Kelly, Jo Jensen

Editor: Princess Hairston 

Executive Producers: Austin Berg, Ryan Green, Zach Ingrasci

Original Score by: Nate Zuercher

Supervising Sound Editor: Trevor Gates 

Re-Recording Mixer: Jason Dotts 

Key Image and Art Direction: Carlos Arteaga, Thea Baldwin 

Visual Effects Artist: Mat Quinn 

Photographer: Joe Barnas 

Post Production Supervisor: Joe Kaiser 

A partnership with Iron Light Labs

Impact

In 1993, Lisa Creason was incarcerated for attempting to rob a Subway cash register. A single mother with a passion for nursing, Lisa Creason wanted the freedom to pursue her dreams. Years later, while she was in nursing school, Illinois legislators passed a law preventing her from becoming a nurse. Lisa succeeded in overturning this law, resulting in helping thousands of people rise out of poverty.

Optimist teamed up with the nonprofit Iron Light Labs to make this short documentary to highlight Lisa’s triumphant success and shed light on the work yet to be done.

While Lisa succeeded in Illinois, there are 15 states where she could not be a nurse today because of her criminal record. Our impact campaign is working to change that.

If you know anyone in the states we are targeting or would like to support this impact campaign please reach out to natalie@optimist.co