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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.
81 backers pledged $7,493 to help bring this project to life.

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Help Us Finish Production!

Hello Friends and Supporters! 

I am happy to announce that we have launched our second and final Kickstarter fundraising campaign. Visit it here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/aplacetostand/a-place-to-stand-finishing-production 

Our goal this year is $50,000. Once we raise this, we can complete a rough cut of the entire film and start submitting to festivals and distributors. More importantly, we can start making an impact. 

Upon completion, free copies of A Place to Stand will be given to detention centers, prisons and schools for at-risk youth. They will be coupled with programming designed to help people find in themselves what Jimmy found through his poetry: a place to stand in life, a sense of self-worth, and a reason to live. 

Your support last year enabled us to get this far. Please consider matching last year’s donation. That would give us a huge head start. If we don’t reach our funding goal by our deadline, July 31, we get nothing, so your initial support is very important in getting the ball rolling. 

We look forward to your support. Please be in touch if you have ideas on spreading the reach of our project. 

With Gratitude,
Daniel Glick
Director, A Place to Stand
www.aplacetostandmovie.com

Kickstarter ROUND 2

Hello Everybody!

Thanks again for your support last year with A Place to Stand. Not a lot has changed production-wise with the film since we wrote you last. We have been focusing on fundraising and building the team necessary to complete the project. 

The biggest and most exciting news as of late is that 10-time Emmy-winning documentary Director and Producer David Grubin has signed on as our Executive Producer and 5-time Emmy-winning Cinematographer Dyanna Taylor has signed on as our Director of Photography. They, along with the rest of our growing team, are a guarantee that this film will indeed fulfill its potential.

Fundraising-wise, we are days away from launching our second and final Kickstarter campaign. This one, for $50,000, will give us everything we need to finish production and take the film all the way to a rough cut. As our goal is significantly higher than last time, we can use all of your help in spreading the word and recruiting people to support the project. 

As soon as the new campaign is launched, we will be in touch again. Until then, know that our deep thanks for your early support continues. 

With Gratitude,
Daniel Glick and Gabe Baca

Happy New Year!

Hi Friends,

It is 2012 and we are determined to finish A Place to Stand this year. 

We made incredible progress in 2011. Watching the rough cut of the film, which is just the story constructed out of our complete interviews, is extremely heartening. Jimmy's story is translating fantastically to film. The 70 minute cut, without any flash or pomp, flies by. 

If you haven't seen it, here's an extended trailer that will give you a sense of the growth of the project: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=odE6Io-DEAE 

Our obstacle right now is another round of fundraising. To complete the project and make it as powerful, compelling and captivating as possible we need to raise a healthy $210,000. That's a lot by normal standards, but not much by film budget standards. 

To reach this $200k goal, we're changing the game up. We're making the film a business venture and seeking investors. No more donations. And on top of that, Daniel, the director, is going to be hitting the road hunting for funding leads in person, driving from city to city. He will be making old school, face-to-face efforts. 

You can help this phase of the project by giving us leads for funding. Do you know people who might be interested in investing in this film? Do you know people who know people who might be interested in investing? We are open to any tiny mustard seed of a lead, no matter how small or improbable. 

Daniel will be contacting you all individually within the next week or two with our investor's packet and business plan. We look forward to your feedback and support.

Happy new year!

Sincerely,
The A Place to Stand Team

New Extended Trailer! New Fundraising PUSH!

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