Things aren't always what they seem. I know this probably as well as anyone.
When I was 16 years old, I was just like any other typical high school junior, but I played football for one of the greatest high school football programs in the country. Dozens of colleges were actively recruiting me. I had dreams of playing football in the NFL after college. Then the unimaginable happened. I was accused of a crime, a terrible crime, that I didn't commit. A female student accused me of raping her during summer school. I was tried as an adult, convicted, and was locked away for five years and two months. I lost everything: my hopes, my dreams, my entire world.
Now, nearly 10 years later, the alleged victim has come forward. She recanted all the allegations against me and explained her reasons for lying. With the help of the wonderful people at the California Innocence Project (http://www.californiainnocenceproject.org/,) I am on a mission to take my life back.
I need to make this film so I can tell the whole world my story as I experienced it; a story that tells it exactly as it happened, so that everyone who has ever known me can understand the truth. I want to finally set the record straight. I hope my story can serve as a catalyst for change.
I need your help to tell the story that documents not only my past, but my future, potential NFL comeback, and my journey towards reinventing my life.
My story is the story of the power of the human spirit. My story is the story of overcoming the greatest of challenges life throws at you. My story is the story of being the best person you can be, regardless of the situation life may put you in.
I am asking from the deepest part of my heart, will you help me? I will not be able to do this without you. Thank you and God Bless.
Music "So Flows the Current" Copyright Patrick O'Hearn: http://www.patrickohearn.com/
Equipment for trailer donated by L2 Digital: http://l2digital.com/
For additional information about Brian's story please check out the following:
Personal Website: http://brianbanks.org/
- (30 days)