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A documentary about two stories in the career of one lawyer, the first from Mississippi in 1966 the second from Guantanamo Bay in 2004.
A documentary about two stories in the career of one lawyer, the first from Mississippi in 1966 the second from Guantanamo Bay in 2004.
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The Film

In 1966 Stephen Oleskey was working on a civil rights campaign in Mississippi.  Late one night four state policemen pulled him over and forced him to stand trial in a converted barn in the middle of the woods.  The experience was both terrifying and formative, powerfully illustrating the importance and reach of the constitution and directing him toward a career that would include advocacy work.

In 2008, as an attorney, Stephen represented six men being held at the Guantanamo Bay prison.  The case ended up before the Supreme Court, where Stephen and his team successfully argued that the men had the right to a trial.

By exploring these interconnected stories, this film offers a personal and unique look at elements of the constitution and the law that are often obscured or forgotten despite their fundamental importance to our society.

The Funding Process

All of the interview footage has been shot and edited, and so far everything has been funded out of pocket.  In order to complete the animation, musical score, and sound design, I’m appealing to all of you for a little help.  On the right hand side of this page there are explanations of various pledge levels, (you are welcome to pledge any amount, even if it is not listed), and the associated rewards.

Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing funding platform.  If I reach my goal within the 25-day window I’ll use the money to finish the film, if not, no money will change hands.  For more information about how Kickstarter works, click here.

I sincerely appreciate any help you can offer, whether that is making a donation, posting the link on Facebook, or sending the information about this project to a friend.

Thank you,

Gabriel

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