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A film about teens who campaign to transform their "prison playground" into a soccer field and stop the violence in their community. Read more

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A film about teens who campaign to transform their "prison playground" into a soccer field and stop the violence in their community.

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Thank you so much to everyone who got us this far. You all helped us reached our Kickstarter Goal and build new partners. We are deeply grateful for your support! 

The work's not over yet. We still need funds to hire crew for pick-up shoots, rent gear, complete a rough cut and pay for archival footage, so we're diving into our Stretch Goal of $20,000. Please help us get there!

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FUTBOLISTAS 4 LIFE is a documentary about a group of teens in Oakland, California, who campaign to transform their "prison playground" into a soccer field.  In the last few years, these teens have lost four young people to gun violence in their small public high school. Their soccer club has become a space where they discuss their experiences with violence, poverty and immigration while strategizing ways to support their community. The film shows the passion and resiliency of these teens who create a legacy for future generations. 

The United States faces an epidemic of gun violence, averaging 31 deaths a day across the country. FUTBOLSITAS 4 LIFE takes a closer look at a lethal problem that is affecting the daily lives of children who live in under-resourced urban communities. These are kids who just want to be kids, to walk to school safely, to play outside, to graduate high school and to make a better life for themselves and their families.

In 2012, there were 131 homicides across all of Oakland - the highest in six years. Soccer becomes a uniting force for the high school students in this film, who come to call themselves "Futbolistas 4 Life." By bringing the community together around a new soccer field, they are determined to stop the cycle of violence in their community with courage, willpower and optimism. 

FUTBOLISTAS 4 LIFE will inspire change in communities across the country that face similar challenges. It's a story that will have an impact on not only youth, but also teachers, coaches, city leaders and policymakers. FUTBOLISTAS 4 LIFE is a story about youth standing up and saying, "no more violence." And then doing something about it. Help us tell this story.

The Futbolistas scrimmaging in the gym.
The Futbolistas scrimmaging in the gym.

INITIAL GOAL - $10,000 These funds are essential in helping us to hire crew for additional shoots, rent gear, purchase backup hard drives and hire transcribers. Also, editing the film is a full-time job so funds will go toward paying our Editor to work her craft on the film. 

 All donations are tax-deductible via our fiscal sponsor Many Threads.

Kickstarter runs on an all or nothing platform, so if we don't make our initial goal of $10,000 then we don't get a single penny! But if we do meet our goal, then we get to keep it and all additional funds raised. So, our plan is to aim for $10,000, and then to keep reaching out to raise even more! Check out our stretch goal below:

STRETCH GOAL - $20,000 Reaching this goal will allow us to hire crew for pick-up shoots, rent gear, complete a rough cut and pay for archival footage.

Thank you so much for helping us tell this story. You can check out some of our exciting rewards below!

Some of the rewards include a FUTBOLISTAS 4 LIFE button, a fair trade soccer ball by Bay Area based Senda Athletics, and signed books by journalists, novelists and professors who support the film.
Some of the rewards include a FUTBOLISTAS 4 LIFE button, a fair trade soccer ball by Bay Area based Senda Athletics, and signed books by journalists, novelists and professors who support the film.

DIRECTOR/PRODUCER, JUN STINSON is an Oakland-based filmmaker and freelance journalist. She produced the documentary short The 90th Minute about soccer players in the now defunct Women's Professional Soccer league. She has produced and published stories for espnW, The Washington Post, The Associated Press, Current TV, KQED and SFGATE. She has also worked on projects for Al Jazeera America, ESPN2 and MSNBC. She graduated from UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism and was raised in Oakland, California, and Kobe, Japan. 

CINEMATOGRAPHER, ROBERTO DAZA is a documentary filmmaker from San Francisco. He has produced and shot for Univision, Al Jazeera, The Center for Investigative Reporting, PBS NewsHour, the Economist and numerous independent documentary productions. He holds a Master’s degree in Journalism and Broadcast Television from UC Berkeley and a Bachelor’s from San Francisco State University.

EDITOR, ADELE RAY is a professional film and television editor based in Oakland, California. She is also the director of the documentary El Paso, Vietnam and the co-producer and editor of #Nailedit: Vietnamese & the Nail Industry. Her recent television editing work includes programs about China and Chinese culture for D3 Productions, Inc. that air on PBS stations across the United States. Adele has served as a Part-time Assistant Professor, teaching film and media courses at the New School University and has also taught at New York University and Parsons School of Design. 

STORY CONSULTANT, MAJO CALDRON is an independent filmmaker from Chile who has worked on numerous short films and documentaries in the Bay Area. She's also a graduate from UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism. Her environmental film, The Edge of the Sea received the Special Jury Award at the Orlando Hispanic Film Festival and the Best Student Documentary Award at the Wild and Scenic Film Festival. In 2010, it was broadcasted by PBS through the environmental series Natural Heroes. 

CONSULTING PRODUCER, RAYMOND TELLES has produced and directed for PBS, ABC, NBC, National Geographic, Discovery and Univision. His films have been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Independent Television Service and Latino Public Broadcasting. Among the documentaries Telles has produced and directed are The Fight in the Fields, a documentary on Cesar Chavez and the Farm Workers' movement, which was screened in the 1997 Sundance Film Festival. He has won numerous honors including three Emmys, two PBS Programming Awards for News and Current Affairs, a NATAS Community Service Award, an ALMA Lifetime Achievement Award, a Peabody and a DuPont-Columbia Gold Baton. He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Comparative Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley.

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER, JESSICA RAMIREZ is a student at California State University, East Bay, completing her Bachelors of Communication with a focus in Media Production and a concentration in International Studies. She has held roles as a director, producer, video editor and graphics editor. Jessica is originally from Los Angeles, California. 

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We understand that not everyone can donate to the film, but we'd still love to have as many people as possible come along for the journey. If you'd like to help out in other ways, then please share our campaign on social media and follow our process to completing FUTBOLISTAS 4 LIFE! 

Risks and challenges

For two years, our crew has dedicated endless hours of their time to help us get to this point. We've completed shooting most of the film on our own budget and personal time as a labor of love. Now we need to dive into editing, a process this summer that will demand money beyond our current resources. We intend to get additional income from grant-making organizations, but this process takes a lot of time. We need your contributions to give us that final push to finish the film in a timely manner. Please support us in getting FUTBOLISTAS 4 LIFE out to the world this year!

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    With this donation, you'll get a signed copy of INVISIBLE NO MORE: UNDERSTANDING THE DISENFRANCHISEMENT OF LATINO MEN & BOYS co-edited by our advisor Pedro Noguera + a copy of the film FUTBOLISTAS 4 LIFE + your name listed on our website + a THANK YOU postcard + a shout-out on social media. *Film will be sent out upon completion.

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    SPORTS EDITOR PACKAGE: A personalized signed copy of Dave Zirin's latest book BRAZIL'S DANCE WITH THE DEVIL: THE WORLD CUP, THE OLYMPICS AND THE FIGHT FOR DEMOCRACY. You'll also get a copy of the film FUTBOLISTAS 4 LIFE + your name listed on our website + a THANK YOU postcard + a shout-out on social media. *Film will be sent out upon completion.

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    YOUTH EDUCATOR PACKAGE: With this donation, you'll get a signed copy of our advisor Pedro Noguera's latest book SCHOOLING FOR RESILIENCE: IMPROVING THE LIFE TRAJECTORY OF BLACK AND LATINO BOYS + a copy of the film FUTBOLISTAS 4 LIFE + your name listed on our website + a THANK YOU postcard + a shout-out on social media. *Film will be sent out upon completion.

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    SOCCER HISTORIAN PACKAGE: You'll get a signed copy of our advisor Michigan State Professor Peter Alegi's book AFRICAN SOCCERSCAPES: HOW A CONTINENT CHANGED THE WORLD'S GAME + a copy of the film FUTBOLISTAS 4 LIFE + your name listed on our website + a THANK YOU postcard + a shout-out on social media. *Film will be sent out upon completion.

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    DIRECTOR'S PACKAGE: A copy of the director Jun Stinson's short film THE 90TH MINUTE + a copy of the film FUTBOLISTAS 4 LIFE + your name listed on our website + a THANK YOU postcard + a shout-out on social media. *Film will be sent out upon completion.

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