"The Throwaways courageously explores the most pressing racial justice issue of our time: the mass incarceration of poor people of color. The central message of this film nails the problem right on the head. We have chosen to dispose of millions of impoverished people, particularly poor people of color -- literally throw them away -- rather than extend to them genuine care, compassion and concern. We've been willing to invest in incarceration rather than education, jails rather than jobs. The devastating consequences for individuals, families, entire communities -- indeed our nation as a whole -- are difficult to overstate, and The Throwaways dares to ask the questions that most policymakers have been content to ignore."
author, The New Jim Crow
The Throwaways is the story of homeless filmmaker and ex-felon, Ira McKinley, documenting his struggle to bring positive changes to his community in inner-city Albany, NY. As he strives to get his voice heard and capture the stories of people living on the margins, McKinley confronts the unavoidable stories of his past and battles against the stigma of being formerly incarcerated. Guided by this personal narrative of survival, The Throwaways is a timely and provocative look at the impact of mass incarceration and police brutality on black males in America. More than a simple illumination of marginalized people at their weakest moments; this film is a call to action, a story of directly engaging in the fight for justice.
Ira and myself (Bhawin) have been working on this film for nearly two years and we are excited to say that the film is completed and now we are at the most crucial stage of the game which is post-production and distribution. We are excited to have the prolific documentary filmmaker and editor, Sam Pollard on board as our executive producer and he is working on helping us finish the film and create opportunities for national and international exposure. Pollard is an award-winning feature film and television video editor, and documentary producer/director whose career spans almost thirty years. He is one of the nation's top film editors, and has edited several Spike Lee films (Four Little Girls, Jungle Fever, Mo Better Blues) and served as the producer for Henry Hampton's historical civil rights documentary Eyes On The Prize II: America at the Racial Crossroads. Pollard recently directed the acclaimed documentary Slavery By Another Name that aired on PBS (if you are a filmmaker you want to check out the special Sam Pollard consultation perk we are offering) .We have a few things that we are looking for support with including our sound mix, color correction for broadcast, clearing music rights, marketing materials and film festival submissions. We are also hoping to launch a nationwide tour with the film once we can complete the post-production process.
We believe this film can make an impact in the ongoing conversation about race and the criminal justice system in America. Mass incarceration and police brutality are two of the most pressing civil rights issues facing the African American community today, and The Throwaways gives a personal window into that experience. We also need to hear stories like Ira's to connect with the realities faced by ex-felons who are struggling to make a change in their lives but are met with barriers around every corner. The Throwaways and Ira's story provide powerful examples of how individuals can take action and make a difference in their communities, even with the odds seemingly stacked against them.
WHAT YOU ARE FUNDING*
Your support of this Indiegogo campaign will ensure that The Throwaways will be able to get out to as wide an audience as possible. We have had a very talented sound mixer agree to do a complete sound mix on the film for a very low price and we are also in the process of color mixing the film for broadcast. We have submitted The Throwaways to several high profile film fests including: Sundance, SXSW, and Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, and we are looking to submit to at least 25 festivals in the next 3 months. In addition are also raising funds to cover clearance of our music rights, publicity and marketing materials and the development of educational materials to use the film as a teaching tool in high schools, colleges and universities. We also hope to have some funds left over to embark on a nationwide tour screening the film in community centers, churches and other small DIY settings.
THIS IS HOW WE WILL SPEND THE FUNDS WE RAISE:
- $2500 for our sound mix
- $2500 to clear music rights
- $2500 for film festival submission fees
- $2000 to develop marketing and educational materials
- $1000 for a color mix
- $2000 Additional Production Costs
- $1500 for travel costs
- $1000 upfront cost to IndieGoGo
Anything we receive over and above our goal of $15,000 we will apply to screening the film free of charge at community centers, churches and for organizations working on issues of prison justice, police brutality and homelessness.
*Thanks to our 501 (c) 3 fiscal sponsor, the Social Justice Center, any donations to our campaign are fully tax-deductible.
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