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THE THROWAWAYS is the story of homeless filmmaker and activist Ira McKinley as he captures the stories of people living on the margins.
THE THROWAWAYS is the story of homeless filmmaker and activist Ira McKinley as he captures the stories of people living on the margins.
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THE THROWAWAYS tells the story of homeless filmmaker, activist and co-director Ira McKinley, who channels his experience of living on the streets through the lens of a video camera.  By using his unique perspective, Ira aims to pull the curtain back for viewers and expose how the current economic crisis is having a devastating effect on those who are in greatest need.  A gritty, firsthand look at a reality most would rather turn away from, THE THROWAWAYS challenges viewers to bear witness and confront the daily struggles and hopes of those living on the fringes of a society that has rejected and forgotten them.

This project is more than just a film, it is an expression of the anger, sadness, joys and hopes of people who have been historically stereotyped, silenced and marginalized by the mainstream media.  It is the story of one man's determination to hit the city streets of Albany and Troy, NY with a camera and begin to show what is really going on in the inner city neighborhoods around the Capital Region of New York State.   THE THROWAWAYS weaves the stories captured by Ira, in true street journalist style, with his own personal journey of survival.  Tracing his past from growing up in Ithaca, NY, where at the age of 14 his father was shot by police, to a prison cell in Staten Island during the September 11, 2001 attacks, to his chance at redemption when he learns camera and editing skills at a small community television station in Northampton, MA.

THE THROWAWAYS places these personal narratives against the backdrop of a grassroots movement that is rising up, using the power of the people to challenge the slashing of publicly funded programs and services in inner city communities.  Not a simple illumination of individuals at their weakest, THE THROWAWAYS seeks to inspire and empower by telling these collective stories of struggle while showing that hope still does exist.

PROJECT GOAL The goal of THE THROWAWAYS is to create an awareness of the challenges faced by urban communities all across America as they continue to cope with devastating cuts in federal and state funding.   We are aiming to tell the story of people, including Ira himself, who have taken things into their own hands and are attempting to create new ways to come together and exercise the power of the people.  These are important stories and voices that have been historically underrepresented in the media, and they need to be heard.  Your support can make that happen! 

PROJECT STATUS We are currently in early production and are fundraising to continue to enable and empower Ira to continue to do his thing and film the stories of the throwaways as we also begin filming his story.  Although we are all indie filmmakers and know how to create powerful films with little or no budgets, we have equipment needs, travel costs, music rights to pay for and many other costs that become a reality when making a feature length documentary film.  We will be in production throughout the remainder of 2011 through mid 2012 with a projected release in late 2012.

PROJECT DETAILS  We have a fiscal sponsor, Grand Street Community Arts, which is a registered 501c3 non profit organization.We are also in consideration for funding from the highly acclaimed PBS series POV, and have received a letter of support from our local PBS affiliate, WMHT.  The production of this project is also being supported and assisted by The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy, NY, and their incredibly talented production team which includes award winning filmmakers: Branda Miller, Steve Pierce, Vicky Kereszi and Andrew Lynn.

WEBSITE: www.throwawaysmovie.com

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and check out Ira's YouTube page for his latest videos.

To watch The Throwaways trailer in HD on Vimeo

Got questions or want to contact us directly email us at: info@throwaways.com

Original music used with permission:

"The World" by Charles Bradley and The Menahan Street Band

"Home Again!" by The Menahan Street Band

Please check out the links below for more information about this incredible collective of  soul & funk musicians based out of Brooklyn, NY:

Charles Bradley

Dunham Records

Daptone Records

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