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What is One For Ten?
One For Ten will be a series of short documentary films telling the stories of ten innocent people who spent an average of ten years each on death row in the USA. All of these people were locked up and facing death for crimes they did not commit. And they were all eventually exonerated and released.
Each of the films will look at a different failing in the American capital justice system that led to the wrongful conviction and incarceration of each of our contributors.
A “democratic” documentary – a brand new form of filmmaking
Over 5 weeks in April and May this year, the One For Ten team will travel the breadth of the United States in an RV. We will film, edit and release two films online a week, “live” from the road. This is an entirely unprecedented form of documentary making and we’re doing it this way to make sure that YOU can come on the journey with us.
We want you to shape the films – ask the questions, give us feedback, get involved in the debate and help share the films far and wide.
We'll be taking your questions, listening to what you have to say and keeping you in the loop every step of the way.
What happens when the films are released?
We’ve built a broad coalition of media and charity partners who will be using the films to build campaigns for the worldwide abolition of the death penalty. Our partners include: Amnesty International UK and USA, Reprieve, Witness to Innocence, Amicus ALJ, The Innocence Project, International Commission Against the Death Penalty, Death Penalty Focus, Ensemble Contre La Peine de Mort, National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, Safe California, and the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty.
What do we need?
Because this project is far from traditional filmmaking, it doesn’t tick the boxes of mainstream film funders. And because we’re releasing all the films “live” to ensure they can have maximum, immediate and effective impact, we need to raise all of the money to make the project happen up front.
We have an enormous amount of support from charities, organisations and individuals working at the forefront of death penalty abolition. But in order to make these films a reality and provide this free resource, we need to raise the cash. So we’re asking YOU, the people who care about this issue, to help us make this happen.
We need to raise £86,000 to make this project happen. We've secured some funds, and are hoping the raise the remainder through foundation grants and media partners. But we're looking to you, our audience to help us reach our final goal by pulling together to pitch in £30,000.
The journey – 4000 miles
From start to finish, our journey takes us 4000 miles -- down the Eastern seaboard from Chicago, to Philadelphia, down to Alabama, Mississippi, across to New Orleans, through Texas to Albuquerque and ending up in Sacramento, California. We’ll be filming, editing and releasing the films all out of our mobile home.
You'll see that all of our donation levels on the right here are named after one of the states we'll be visiting. In order to make this journey possible, we need to raise £30,000 ($50,000).
Sounds like a lot, doesn't it? But in real terms if 3000 people donate £10 each, we can tell these stories. And you can give more if you want – check out all the different ways to support the project.
It’s not all about the money - how can you get involved?
While we need to raise money in order to make this project possible, the most important goal of the project is to raise awareness around the innumerable failings of the capital punishment system. You can help us achieve this, by spreading the word far and wide.
TELL your friends, family, colleagues, neighbours, students about this campaign and share this page: www.indiegogo.com/supportoneforten
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SHARE through TWITTER with our handle @one_for_ten
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BLOG about the campaign, TWEET and RETWEET.
A huge thank you from the One For Ten team!
Who are we?
Will Francome is a documentary film maker and human rights campaigner. He started his career by writing the feature documentary In Prison My Whole Life, about the case of death row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal. The film premiered at the London and Rome film festivals, was officially selected for Sundance and went on to win the best film awards at both the Amsterdam and Paris Human Rights Film Festivals. He’s also made TV and radio programs on issues such as life after coming home from Guantanamo, torture, and media blackouts in war zones.
Mark is a director, producer and cameraman. He studied TV production at Bournemouth university and then went on to work in broadcast, directing current affairs and factual programmes for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, The History Channel and multiple other satellite broadcasters. He won the Royal Television Society Craft Award for Camerawork at the London awards in 2006. Since Mark and Will started Reel Nice together, they’ve made films for everyone from Amnesty International to Sony.
Megan Garner is a visual journalist specializing in documentary-style video production. She is a master’s candidate in multimedia journalism at the University of Miami and is currently working as an online news producer in Washington D.C. She began covering death penalty issues on the blog Punishable by Death more than a year ago for her master’s thesis, a multimedia project examining Florida’s death penalty system, which has produced the most wrongful death row convictions in the U.S.
Laura Shacham has worked in research, production and exhibition across long and short form documentaries and drama, focusing on issues of social justice and human rights. Most recently she was Assistant Producer on the much-lauded feature Just Do It – a tale of modern-day outlaws, which gained unprecedented access to the secretive world of environmental direct action. Following a sell-out premiere at Sheffield Doc/Fest, the film had an extensive cinema release in the UK alongside community and festival screenings stretching from Quebec to Kosovo. Laura became Producer to head up the US release, where Just Do It has become a key tool in discussion around the role of direct action in social change.
Executive Producer Christopher Hird is known for some of the most successful campaign documentaries in recent years. Successes include Rupert Murray's award-winning The End of the Line, which revealed that the world will run out of fish by the middle of this century unless we do something about it; The War You Don’t See, presented by John Pilger; and The Flaw, the untold story of the credit bubble which caused the financial crash.