Write For Life is a documentary about a creative writing program taught to jail inmates. It is a story of redemption through art.
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Write for Life is a feature documentary about the innovative and life-altering creative writing program created by artist and author Sandra Gould Ford taught to inmates in the Allegheny County Jail in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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About the Film:
In 2003, Sandra Gould Ford approached the warden of the Allegheny County Jail with the idea of implementing an arts-based, creative writing curriculum to provide inmates with not only the tools to reflect on their lives and experiences, but also the resources to pursue writing as a career. Although arts-based programs in prisons throughout the country already existed, her pilot program was unique and pioneering because it was the first of its kind taught in a jail. Unlike a prison, in which the inmate population is fixed and sentences served can be long, the inmate population in jail is more fluid and sentences vary in length but tend to be of a shorter duration. Not to mention, for many individuals entering the criminal justice system, jail is their first point of entry and often times operates as a revolving door and a conduit into prisons. Recognizing such limitations with the criminal justice system and the potential writing has for self-transformation, Ford sought to reach individuals in jails to help prevent recidivism and promote her life long mission of healing and higher achievement. Write for Life illustrates the journey of Sandra Gould Ford’s teaching process and the healing process of her students as they attempt to right past wrongs, revise, and rewrite the narrative of their lives inside and outside of the Allegheny county jail.
Status of Film:
Write for Life is in the end stages of production and simultaneously the beginning stages of post-production. Final interviews and BRoll still await shooting, as well as, preparing to edit down the hours of footage already shot.
Funds for Film:
A minimum of $15,000 is being raised to help complete Write For Life. Contributions to Write For Life will be used for the following:
- Travel and equipment for remaining interviews and additional shooting
- Post-Production (including editing, narration, sound mixing, animation, music composition)
- Distribution & Marketing (Festival entry fees, travel, marketing materials, online media)
How else you can help:
Spread the word about Write For Life. Here's the info:
- Website: www.candystoreproductions.com
- Facebook: Candy Store Productions
- Twitter: @candystorefilms
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The creative writing program is continuing in the Allegheny County Jail thanks to a very committed group of people from Chatham University. Check out and support what they are doing.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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Great things are done by a series of small things brought together. - Vincent Van Gogh. Van Gogh's statement is so true about every aspect of this project, and as a thank you to everyone who has contributed, small or large, you will be credited as a contributor on the website.Estimated delivery:
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Ever wanted to see your name in the credits of a film? Well here's your chance. Your name will be scrolling across the screen of Write For Life, plus you'll be listed on the contributors page of the website.Estimated delivery:
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We can't thank you enough for your support, so we'll thank you some more. In addition to your name on the website, upon completion, you will also receive a downloadable version of Write For Life to enjoy watching your name scroll by in the credits as often as you like.Estimated delivery:
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Since this film is about art, how about some art for you too? In addition to thank you on the web and in the film, you will also receive a digital copy of Write For Life and an 11x17 autographed Write For Life film poster featuring art created by Sandra Gould Ford. (International shipping fees additional)Estimated delivery:
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Sandra Gould Ford, founder of the creative writing program, wrote a mystical novel called Faraday's Popcorn Factory. In addition to everything above, you will receive an autographed, hard-back, first print edition of her magical novel. (International shipping fees additional)Estimated delivery:
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Naturally there was WAY more shot than can ever be included in the film. So for your generous contribution, you will receive everything listed above, and an autographed 2-disc DVD set that includes the Write For Life DVD and a limited edition performance DVD that features the students presenting their original work. (International shipping fees additional)Estimated delivery:
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You've got so much swag, we need to put it in a bag. A canvas bag that is. Everything above put in your very own Candy Store Productions canvas bag. (International shipping fees additional)Estimated delivery:
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The work produced by the students was collected into 3 limited edition published books. In addition to everything listed above you will receive either Dawn (book #2) or Phoenix Rising (book #3) [our choice :-)]. The books are filled with original art work, short stories, personal essays and poetry.(International shipping fees additional)Estimated delivery:
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Diamonds in the Rough was the first book produced from the creative writing program. You will receive your very own copy plus everything listed above. (Excludes $250 reward, Dawn or Phoenix Rising) (International shipping fees additional)Estimated delivery:
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A generous gift deserves generous rewards. You will receive everything listed above including the complete 3 book collection (Diamonds in the Rough, Dawn and Phoenix Rising) and your very own Write For Life t-shirt featuring original film art. (International shipping fees additional)Estimated delivery:
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Want to know how the creative writing program was created? What it was like to work with the inmates? A Skype conversation with creator Sandra Gould Ford can answer those questions and any others you might have. You will also be credited as Associate Producer in the film and all related media, and you will receive all the above rewards.Estimated delivery:
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Since your contribution will go a very long way towards producing Write For Life, why not have the title too. Congratulations, you're officially a full-fledged Producer! Credit in the film and all related media and invites to Write For life screenings and events (travel & lodging not included). Plus a skype conversation or personal meeting (if you happen to be in DC) with film producer, Candace Ford as well as rewards listed above.Estimated delivery:
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