American Mugshot (currently in production) is a feature documentary film exploring one of the most intriguing phenomena in America, the crime-related genre of mug shot photography and its influence on contemporary culture.
How did the mug shot, originally a law enforcement tool, end up as tabloid fare, street art, and as part of the private art collections of the elite? American Mugshot will take you on a journey through terrain that is both urbane and raw as it examines the mug shot, its history, meaning and various contemporary manifestations.
Told with wit, style, empathy and zeal, Public Pictures investigates the strange world of the exploited, fetishized, and bewildering mug shot.
We need criminals to identify ourselves with, to secretly envy and to stoutly punish. They do for us the forbidden, illegal things we wish to do.
– Karl A. Menninger
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Your generous contribution will help with: production, equipment and travel costs. Join the American Mugshot team and you could play a role in the film! We are searching for leads on interesting mug shot stories. Like our American Mugshot Facebook Page, post your mug shots and share the stories behind them.
Public Pictures Producer-Director Dennis Mohr, DP Andrew Watt csc, Editor Rob Ruzic, Writer-Consultant Amelia Does, Researcher Julie Sando, Executive Producers Martin Lavut and Charlotte Engel Special Consultants Mark Michaelson Least Wanted, Arne Svenson Prisoners, Steven Kasher Steven Kasher Gallery, Peter Doyle, Crooks Like Us, Luc Sante, Low Life, publisher Isaac Cornetti and our friends at The Slammer (Music courtesy of the Sadies)
Receive rewards in addition to regular updates on the status of the film. Read on for details on the great perks we have for you!
All contributors will receive a digital download of the finished film.
Contributors at the PUNK level and up are eligible for a Special Surprise Gift! (one randomly selected winner each week of the campaign)
Contributors at the SNEAK level and up will receive American Mugshot buttons and postcards with images from Mark Michaelson's and Arne Svenson's mug shot collections.
Contributors at the MISCREANT level and up will receive a limited edition men's large or women's medium American Mugshot T-shirt.
Contributors at the GRIFTER level and up will receive a quality reproduction of an original mug shot.
Contributors at the MUG level who submit a photo of themselves will receive a personalized mug shot credit in the final film and two books: copies of "Least Wanted: A Century of American Mugshots" by Mark Michaelson & Steven Kasher and "Prisoners: Murder, Mayhem, and Petit Larceny" by Arnie Svenson. Plus special tickets to the Toronto and NYC premieres and parties for the finished film!
Contributors at the ROGUE level will receive exclusive membership as Executive Producer in the Rogues' Gallery and personalized mug shot credit in the final film and two books: copies of "Least Wanted: A Century of American Mugshots" by Mark Michaelson & Steven Kasher and "Prisoners: Murder, Mayhem, and Petit Larceny" by Arnie Svenson. Plus special tickets to the Toronto and NYC premieres and parties for the finished film!