Share this project

Done

Share this project

Done
Ever judged a book by its cover? This is the story of a homeless man in NYC who proves us all wrong. Inspired by true events.
Ever judged a book by its cover? This is the story of a homeless man in NYC who proves us all wrong. Inspired by true events.
22 backers pledged $5,080 to help bring this project to life.

About this project

Bystander: A short film project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

$5,080

22

What is wrong with us?!

This is the story of James, a homeless man in New York City. He has a big heart and doesn’t let the way his life has turned out make him bitter. But no matter how caring and optimistic he might be, in the end, it can’t save him.

I was inspired to write this story after reading a news article about a homeless man who saved a woman from being attacked. In his success at saving her, he got stabbed twice in the stomach and collapsed as the woman and her attacker both ran in opposite directions. Over twenty people walked by the man as he lay dying on the sidewalk and no one did anything about it. It frustrated and disgusted me how careless and negligent people can be. Many people even stopped and looked at the man, and one even lifted him up and saw the blood, but still no phone call was made. And due to that, this hero died.

Being a New Yorker, I was ashamed. Just like the story of Kitty Genovese back in 1964 who was attacked and screaming near her apartment complex and no one stood up to help. Things like this need to stop. It just blows my mind how people can feel all right about doing things like this.

Whether it’s a man or woman, adult or child, homeless man or business man, we need to learn to stand up and take action if we see or hear something suspicious. Best case scenario, we save a life. Worst case scenario, we tried to save a life.

I was inspired by this news article: 

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/queens/passers_by_let_good_sam_die_5SGkf5XDP5ooudVuEd8fbI

Please take the time to read, and help me make a different by getting my message out there, and stopping carelessness like this from happening!

FAQ

Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.

Ask a question

Support this project

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    A huge amount of appreciation and a special thanks in the credits of the film.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge $20 or more About $20

    A copy of the finished film.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    9 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge $40 or more About $40

    Copy of film, Promo poster

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    4 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    Copy of film, Promo poster, Copy of Script

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    Copy of Film, Promo Poster, copy of Script, Executive Producer credit

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    copy of film, Promo poster, copy of script, Behind the scenes photos, Executive producer credit

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (49 days)