The Last Prisoner

The Last Prisoner is a documentary that tells the story of the campaign to free Oscar López Rivera, the longest held Puerto Rican political prisoner.
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The Last Prisoner  tells the story of Oscar López Rivera, the sole remaining Puerto Rican political prisoner. The decorated Vietnam veteran and community organizer who would subsequently work for the independence of Puerto Rico is now at the center of a struggle to set him free from a long and difficult imprisonment.

He has been in prison since May 29, 1981. Twelve of those years were spent in solitary confinement despite the fact that Oscar was never convicted of crimes that resulted in deaths or injuries or ever accused of any act of violence.

The fight for Oscar’s freedom has united Puerto Ricans and many others from across the United States, Puerto Rico and around the world. In 2013, artists, politicians, famous athletes and ordinary people went to symbolic prison cells on the anniversary of Oscar’s incarceration. And the cries for freedom are growing louder: Five Nobel Peace Prize winners including Bishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa have all joined the call for his pardon and release.

The Story

In a cinema-verite style, the film will begin by following the characters that are currently working to free Oscar through marches, sit-ins at mock prisons cells among other forms of protest. Then, the film goes back in time to illustrate the story of Oscar, the challenges he faced in Chicago’s poverty-stricken Puerto Rican enclave, his drafting into the military, and how those experiences forged him into an impassioned community organizer, then an Independentista and now a symbol of unity for Puerto Ricans.

We will also shoot reenactments of the prosecutions of the former Puerto Rican political prisoners, which the federal government sought to imprison for most of their lives. The second part of the film will focus on the prison time and how a movement climaxed in 1999 when Clinton granted clemency to most of the prisoners. At the time, Oscar refused the clemency because he did not want to leave the two other prisoners behind. They had not been given clemency, but now they are free. Finally, we touch on the beginning of the current fight to free Oscar by activists, religious and political leaders, and of course his family.

My Filmmaking Experience

I am an independent filmmaker with 15 years of experience, which include shooting music videos, news packages, commercials, short films and the award-winning documentary, Immigrant Nation!: The Battle for the Dream. I like to tell stories from the perspective of people who do not have equal voice in the large media. With my last film, we were able to reach a national audience through PBS and the film festival circuit where we won many awards. You can see more of that here: http://www.clandestinofilms.com/projects.html

www.immigrantnationfilm.com 

What We Need. This is for a full rough cut. 

50% of this funds will go towards production in Puerto Rico, NY and other cities in the US. 30% will post productions and 20% for administration research. 

    MAKE AN IMPACT!

    Films have power and the time to tell this story is now. These stories are usually told from the side of those in power and not from the people. Your support is crucial.

    This story is about Oscar López Rivera, but it is also about Puerto Ricans and the larger Latino family and its relationship with the US.

    This film will serve as a tool to educate the community as it continues to call for Oscar's freedom.

    Other Ways You Can Help

    Anyone interested in seeing this story in film can help.

    Please spread the word. Tweet. Email. Post on Facebook. Make phone calls.

    Don’t hesitate. This story must be told.

    Ricky Martin, Calle 13, Desmond Tutu & Cornel West support Oscar

    Ricky Martin calls for freedom and justice for Oscar López Rivera at the end of his performance at the 14th Annual Latin Grammy Awards on November 21, 2013. To hear him go to: 3:05


    Dr. Cornel West's first words at the "Struggle to Free Oscar Lopez Rivera" event on Monday, February 24, 2014 held at Trinity Lutheran Church in New York City. 



    Contexto Histórico

    El Ultimo Prisionero relata la historia de Oscar López Rivera, el último prisionero político puertorriqueño. El condecorado veterano de la Guerra de Vietnam y activista comunitario que después lucharía por la independencia de Puerto Rico ahora está en el centro de la batalla por su libertad después de un encarcelamiento largo y difícil.

    Desde el 29 de Mayo de 1981, Oscar ha estado encarceldo. Doce años los vivió en una celda de aislamiento a pesar de que él nunca fue condenado por actos violentos o una sola muerte. La lucha por la libertad de Oscar ha unido a los puertorriqueños y a otros en los Estados Unidos, Puerto Rico y personas alrededor del mundo. En el 2013, artistas, políticos, atletas famosos y personas común entraron a celdas simbólicas en el aniversario del encarcelamiento de Oscar. El llamado por su libertad se ha vuelto más fuerte. Cinco ganadores del Premio Nobel de la Paz, incluyendo al Obispo Desmond Tutu de Sud Africa se han unido al llamado por un indulto y su libertad.

    La Historia

    El rodaje será en el estilo cinema-verite. El documental comienza con los personajes que están luchando por liberar a Oscar a través de protestas, marchas y sentadas en celdas simbólicas. Después regresamos al pasado para ilustrar la historia de Oscar. Relatamos los retos que enfrentó en el barrio puertorriqueño de Chicago, su reclutamiento para la Guerra de Vietnam y como esas experiencias lo convirtieron en un organizador comunitario apasionado. Eso lo condujo a ser un independentista y por último en símbolo de unidad para el pueblo puertorriqueño.

    Reconstruiremos los juicios de los prisioneros políticos puertorriqueños, a quienes el gobierno federal buscaba imponer una cadena perpetua. La segunda parte de la película se enfoca en su tiempo en prisión y la lucha por liberarlos que llegó a punto culminante en 1999 cuando el ex-presidente Clinton concedió un idulto a la mayoría de ellos. En ese momento, Oscar rehusó el indulto porque dos prisioneros no lo recibieron. Ahora ellos están libres. Finalmente llegamos al presente y la lucha por la libertad de Oscar por activistas, líderes religiosos y políticos y por supuesto su familia.

    Mi trabajo de cine

    Yo soy un cineasta independiente con 15 años de experiencia en el ámbito. He filmado videos musicales, noticias, anuncios, cortometrajes y el documental, Nación de inmigrantes! Me gusta contar historias de personas que no tienen una voz en los medios grandes. Con mi última película, pudimos alcanzar una audiencia nacional a través de PBS y en los festivales de cine donde ganamos muchos premios. Puedes aprender más acerca de esto aquí:

    http://www.clandestinofilms.com/projects.html

    www.immigrantnationfilm.com 

    Este dinero es para el primer corte completo

    50 por ciento del dinero sera para producción en Puerto Rico, Nueva York y otras ciudades de Estados Unidos. 30 por ciento será para edición y 20 por ciento para administración e investigación.

    ¡Marca la diferencia!

    El cine es un arte de poder. ¡Y este es el momento de contar esta historia! Estas historias normalmente son contadas por la gente en el poder y no por el pueblo. Tu apoyo es crucial.

    Es una historia sobre Oscar López Rivera pero también sobre los puertorriqueños y la familia Latina en general y su relación con los Estados Unidos.

    Esta película podrá ser una herramiento para educar a la comunidad mientras sigue la lucha por la libertad de Oscar.

    Otras maneras de ayudar

    Cualquier persona que esté interesado en ver esta película puede ayudar.

    Corre la voz. Tuitea. Manda un correo. Pon un mensaje en tu muro de Facebook. Haz llamadas. Tenemos que contar esta historia.

    Si te interesa hablar con nostros, mándanos un mensaje.


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