In 2011, Rosilyn Temple lost her son to homicide. She began a personal search for justice. That search has now become her calling – and that calling that could transform cities nationwide. Temple has become a passionate leader in the fight against gun violence and homicide in Kansas City, MO.
At every homicide scene in the area, Rosilyn offers comfort and counseling to the grieving families. She helps mothers and fathers, explaining why they can’t rush to the body of a fallen child. She quiets emotional crowds and asks them to let the police do their work. She will canvass neighborhoods after a violent crime, urging people to call the police with tips. In so doing, Rosilyn fills a dire need – a terrible gap between the police departments and the families who are struck by violence. Rosilyn also founded the Kansas City chapter of Mothers in Charge, an organization whose mission is violence prevention, education and intervention for youth, teens, families and community organizations. In that capacity, Rosilyn works with the KCPD, FBI, ATF, Jackson County Prosecutor's Office and the US. Attorney's Office.
Her efforts are now being recognized nationwide. Rosilyn travels the county spreading her message, and her work is becoming a model for other community activists. She was recently named the 2015 Citizen of the Year by the Kansas City Star, and awarded the FBI Kansas City division's Director’s Community Leadership Award.
The video clip below provides a glimpse into what mothers endure the day of a homicide, and the importance of Rosilyn’s support.
Guns are used in the majority of homicides and violent crimes. The video clip below is about a member of Mothers in Charge whose son was shot to death. He was in the Army and just returned home to the Unites States after serving his country in Afghanistan.
Kendra Jackson and Pamela Dean recently joined KC Mothers In Charge. Kendra and Pamela both lost a child and are now committed to helping Rosilyn Temple and Mothers In Charge.
THE GOAL OF THIS FILM
We want to create awareness of what’s happening in ALL of our communities, and inspire people to take a stand against violence and homicide. We want people to come forward and help authorities solve crimes, without having to worry about their own safety. We want to help influence stricter laws for gun control. If one woman can make a difference, imagine what could happen if individuals and communities everywhere take a stand.
There are many funding options, but we're using Kickstarter so people from communities everywhere can be a part of this film. It can be rewarding to be a part of something for the greater good. We as filmmakers have been touched by this project and are committed to telling this story the way it needs to be told- with authenticity, dignity and heart.
Until now this project has been mostly self funded. We started this project last year to raise awareness in the Kansas City community. Over the past year, this project has evolved in ways that exceeded our expectations. We need your support to complete this film. The money we raise from Kickstarter will be used for film shoots, editing, color correction, music composition, music licensing, motion graphics, legal fees, film festival submissions and Kickstarter rewards.
Kickstarter is all or nothing. We are confident we can make this film a success. However, if we don’t reach our funding goal, we won’t get anything at all. If you donate, your card is only charged if we meet our goal. If we reach our goal by the deadline (listed in the top right corner), your card is charged when the deadline expires. If we don't reach our goal by the deadline, your card is not charged, your pledge is discarded, and no rewards are distributed. Whether or not you can donate, we would appreciate it if you can share this project with others.
Jon Brick - Director, Producer, Editor and Director of Photography
Over the last 15+ years, filmmaker Jon Brick has been a pioneer in conceptualizing and producing award winning, high profile films and videos. Jon has a flawless track record working with Emmy and Oscar winning filmmakers, television networks, world class creative agencies and Fortune 500 companies which include Yahoo! Real Time with Bill Maher, The Charlie Rose Show, 60 Minutes, Nickelodeon, Politico, The Democratic Party and The White House and many more. Jon has also produced, directed and edited two documentaries and several short films.
Lynne Melcher- Director of Photography and Assistant Editor
Lynne is an award winning filmmaker. She has created and been a part of numerous films which have screened at festivals around the country, including Sundance Film Festival, (God Loves Uganda) 2013, Los Angeles Women’s International Film Festival, March 2013, Awareness Fest, Los Angeles, 2011, SURGE Film Festival, Austin, TX & Portland, 2011, Mammoth Film Festival, Mammoth Lakes, 2009, Filmanthropy Film Festival, Los Angeles, 2009.
Ty Jones- Lighting Tech and Director of Photography
Over the last 16 years, Ty Jones has worked on more than 40 short films in almost every position possible ranging from director to crane operator. His film Last Breath won the Grand Jury Award at Garden State Film Festival and Best Feature at the Omaha Film Festival. Jones’ extensive work as a cinematographer spans feature films, reality television, and documentary features such as Print the Legend (2014) that won the Special Jury Prize at the SXSW Film Festival.
Wide Awake Films (Production Company Partner)
Wide awake is a creative media group focused on innovative, efficient execution of historical, commercial, documentary and corporate video and film production.
Risks and challenges
One of the challenges we face is getting this story to a wide range of audiences from the inner city to quiet suburbs across the country. Homicide can happen anywhere at anytime. We want capture the audiences attention to think different and inspire change.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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