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A Documentary about Stop & Frisk

In the last 7 years, Stop & Frisks conducted by the New York City Police Department have more than tripled, rising from about 200,000 a year in 2004 to about 700,000 a year in 2011.

In 2010 the Center for Constitutional Rights initiated a class action lawsuit, Floyd et al. v. the City of New York et al. alleging racial bias in the pattern and practice of Stop & Frisks conducted by the New York City Police Department. Please see: http://ccrjustice.org/floyd. A trial date has been set for March 13, 2013.

The feature length documentary, STOP, asks what is going on?  Why has there been such a marked increase in Stop & Frisks over the last decade and what has been the effect of this rise on communities around New York City? 

STOP tries to answer these questions by immersing itself in the life of David Ourlicht, one of the named plaintiffs in Floyd v. The City of New York. Why is a multiracial family from downtown Manhattan at the center of one of the biggest lawsuits to hit New York City in a decade? 

STOP offers interviews from both sides of the field. We match defenders of the practice of Stop & Frisk with its critics, presenting police officers and law professors, sociologist and attorneys. 

Here's our trailer:

We are grateful to The New York Times and to ABC Eyewitness News for their generous footage donations.  

What Is Our Goal?

Our goal is to make an informed documentary about an engaging family history and a pressing topic of public concern. 

STOP is shot and mostly edited. The objectives of this Kickstarter Campaign are to cover the costs of: 

Post production and music licensing fees.

DVD-making and distribution.

Design and maintenance of a website where STOP will be available, as will interviews with legal experts, politicians and police officers that we were not able to include in the film.

The story of the Ourlicht Family intersects with the history of American civil rights and race relations, crime and urban policing. Please help us bring such a compelling narrative to light.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

The risks and challenges are some of the usual that come with any creative project. Our editor could quit. Our color corrector could mis-color. Our sound mixer could blow up our hard-drives.

Most importantly, we're a two person crew for the moment and we have a lot of work ahead of us. So things could take longer than planned. If it looks like that's the case we will send out emails to keep you informed about why we've hit a snag and how long that snag will set us back.

That said, we're already ahead of the game. We've shot great footage and edited some compelling stories. The goal of this project is to get the finishing funds to make it look and sound excellent.

Thank you for your support!

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