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A Place to Stand is the life story of Jimmy Santiago Baca, an award-winning poet who learned how to read and write while in prison.
A Place to Stand is the life story of Jimmy Santiago Baca, an award-winning poet who learned how to read and write while in prison.
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Final Cut

"Is it possible? Is it truly possible?"

That's what I woke up thinking today when I remembered that last night we rendered the FINAL CUT of A Place to Stand. Check it out in the photo: 

That's right! That tiny little square in the finder window (a quicktime .MOV file) represents our 3 1/2 years of work and tens of thousands of collective hours of sweat. It would be easy to go overboard and get all philosophical about the abstract, intangible nature of digital film, but I'll skip all of that and just say one more time, THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!

We are all so very happy with how the film has come out and we are looking forward to sharing it with you as soon as we can. We'll be submitting to festivals this week and within a couple of weeks we'll set a date for the New Mexico premiere. 

It's amazing to look back at the crazy adventure that making this film has been. For me personally, it's been a tremendous growing experience learning about poetry and filmmaking, getting to meet and work with so many incredible people from all walks of life. But what's most profound for me is how widely supported this project has been. A community has built this documentary and I'm so grateful for being able to lead the effort. It has been a blessing. 

More news and information will be coming very soon, but for now, I'll leave you with some photos from our journey. 

Thank you all again, from the bottom of our hearts,
Daniel Glick and the A Place to Stand team

Daniel filming Jimmy during one of the first production trips in Albuquerque. 

Daniel, Associate Producer Andres Salazar and DP Michael Gordon shooting in gorgeous northern New Mexico. 

Gabe filming Jimmy's son Esai on our first production shoot in Estancia, New Mexico. 

Blue, Daniel's old Chevy Cavalier. We put 50,000 miles on this in the last 3 1/2 years, almost entirely for A Place to Stand. This car became a de-facto member of the production team. 

Daniel reading one of Jimmy's poems at a fundraiser in New York during his epic 6 month fundraising road trip in 2012.

Indie doc filmmaking ain't always so glamorous. This is Daniel, Gabe and Andres working in our old Harwood Art Studio office in Albuquerque, where the bulk of the editing of A Place to Stand was completed. 

This mountain lion stalked Daniel, Gabe and Jimmy's son Esai in the Hollywood hills at the very beginning of production (no joke!). We named Catamount Films after him. 

Sound mix on the Sony lot in LA - one of the last steps before final cut. From left to right that's Dante Reynolds, our mixer, Daniel, and Roger Suen, our composer. 

Jimmy's Online Poetry Reading - Reminder

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Jimmy Baca Online Poetry Reading

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The Final Campaign

Hello Gang,

I'm excited to report that this morning we have launched our third and final Kickstarter campaign for A Place to Stand! You can visit it here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/aplacetostand/a-place-to-stand-final-cut

This time around we only have two weeks to reach our goal and, like last time, if we don't reach our goal before our deadline we don't get any of the money pledged. Needless to say, we need your help. Of course, all of you have already been so generous - without you we wouldn't be in this wonderful position of 99.9% complete - but if you are moved again to support this new campaign, we would be very grateful.

As before, all donations are tax-deducible and I'm happy to say that there are lots of new and exciting rewards. So please check out the page, consider contributing, share the project with friends, family, bloggers, press outlets, co-workers (and everyone else who might be interested) and don't hesitate to be in touch with us if you have any questions or ideas.

Once again we want to express our deep gratitude for all of you. You have made it possible to bring the film to this final stage - at the edge of birth.

With Deep Gratitude,
The A Place to Stand Team