Update: We're Funded! But We Still Need Your Help...
We've met our Kickstarter goal! And we're so incredibly grateful to have done it. But we're not done yet.
We're adding a stretch goal of $1500! An additional $1,500 would allow us to give some small compensation to the people who've donated their time and skills to One For Ten. There's a team of people who have worked to pull together legal reviews for each case, keep our website in tip top shape and helped with graphics, etc. on their own time and for no pay. We'd love to at least be able to give them a little something for their efforts.
Also, an additional $1500 will allow us to enter the film into festivals the world over and to set up screenings and talks around the project, raising the profile and level of debate around these issues. Maybe we will even bring One For Ten to your town!
So if you would be so kind as to keep donating, sharing, shouting, Facebooking, tweeting and basically telling everyone and their momma about us, and we’ll see if we can’t blow this fundraising goal out of the water.
What is One For Ten?
For every ten people executed in the United States, one innocent person is released from death row.
One For Ten is a series of short documentary films telling the stories of ten innocent people who spent an average of ten years each on death row in the USA. All of these people were locked up and facing death for crimes they did not commit. And they were all eventually exonerated and released.
A “democratic” documentary – a brand new form of filmmaking
We are currently travelling across America in an RV, meeting ten of America's death row exonerees. Here's a look at our most recent piece:
We are filming, editing and releasing two films a week for five weeks, "live" from the road. We're also taking your questions for each of our film subjects, live-tweeting the interviews and collecting your feedback on each film through our social media. And after filming is over, we're releasing all of our interview footage in a free online archive, so it can be used by students, charities, educators, etc. This is an entirely unprecedented form of documentary making and we’re doing it this way to make sure that YOU can come on the journey with us. But...
To reach our minimum budget, we need to raise another $6,000.
We had a huge amount of support from individual crowd funders and some law firms in the UK, and have secured a foundation grant. But we currently only have enough money to make 8 of the 10 films. We have everything in place, and our ten exonerees are all excited to be able to share their stories with you; funding is our only barrier.
So we’re asking YOU, the people who care about this issue, to help us make this happen.
Where we need your help - the two final stories
We've travelled 2500 miles so far and made 4 of our 10 films. Each of them focuses on a different factor that contributes to wrongful conviction in the US. We've spoken to Kirk Bloodsworth about the advent of DNA evidence, to Joe D'Ambrosio about life after death row, to Delbert Tibbs about eyewitness misidentification and Damon Thibodeaux about false confessions.
We've got everything in place to film with Clarence Brandley, who will tell us about how racism and coerced testimony lead to him spending 10 years on death row in Texas, and with Juan Melendez who found himself on death row in Florida for 17 years as a result of the abuse of plea bargaining.
Why this project matters
Sadly, these stories are not unique. Since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976, 142 people have been exonerated and released from death row. Even more have been wrongfully convicted but are not considered exonerated because of legal deals such as the Alford Plea, which freed the West Memphis 3 in August 2011.
It’s not all about the money - how can you get involved?
While we need to raise money in order to make this project possible, the most important goal of the project is to raise awareness around the innumerable failings of the capital punishment system. You can help us achieve this, by spreading the word far and wide.
TELL your friends, family, colleagues, neighbours, students about this campaign and share this page.
SHARE it through FACEBOOK, you'll find us here: www.facebook.com/oneforten
SHARE through TWITTER with our handle @one_for_ten
SIGN UP to our mailing list for updates on the campaign as it progresses
BLOG about the campaign, TWEET and RETWEET.
A huge thank you from the One For Ten team!
Who are we?
Will Francome is a documentary film maker and human rights campaigner. He started his career by writing the feature documentary In Prison My Whole Life, about the case of death row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal. The film premiered at the London and Rome film festivals, was officially selected for Sundance and went on to win the best film awards at both the Amsterdam and Paris Human Rights Film Festivals. He’s also made TV and radio programs on issues such as life after coming home from Guantanamo, torture, and media blackouts in war zones.
Mark is a director, producer and cameraman. He studied TV production at Bournemouth university and then went on to work in broadcast, directing current affairs and factual programmes for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, The History Channel and multiple other satellite broadcasters. He won the Royal Television Society Craft Award for Camerawork at the London awards in 2006. Since Mark and Will started Reel Nice together, they’ve made films for everyone from Amnesty International to Sony.
Megan Garner is a visual journalist specializing in documentary-style video production. She is a master’s candidate in multimedia journalism at the University of Miami and is currently working as an online news producer in Washington D.C. She began covering death penalty issues on the blog Punishable by Death more than a year ago for her master’s thesis, a multimedia project examining Florida’s death penalty system, which has produced the most wrongful death row convictions in the U.S.
Laura Shacham has worked in research, production and exhibition across long and short form documentaries and drama, focusing on issues of social justice and human rights. Most recently she was Assistant Producer on the much-lauded feature Just Do It – a tale of modern-day outlaws, which gained unprecedented access to the secretive world of environmental direct action. Following a sell-out premiere at Sheffield Doc/Fest, the film had an extensive cinema release in the UK alongside community and festival screenings stretching from Quebec to Kosovo. Laura became Producer to head up the US release, where Just Do It has become a key tool in discussion around the role of direct action in social change.
Executive Producer Christopher Hird is known for some of the most successful campaign documentaries in recent years. Successes include Rupert Murray's award-winning The End of the Line, which revealed that the world will run out of fish by the middle of this century unless we do something about it; The War You Don’t See, presented by John Pilger; and The Flaw, the untold story of the credit bubble which caused the financial crash.
Risks and challenges
We're already on the road, and we're working our socks off to get these films made. Between us, we have a huge amount of experience making hard-hitting, honest, short-turnaround films.
We're all 200% committed to this project and determined to tell what we believe are some incredibly important stories.
The RV may break down, we could run out of cash for dinner, there's a chance we'll run into a tornado or two, but the great thing about this project is that you'll know about all of that as soon as we do. Right from the get go we've been dedicated to making a series of films that is totally interactive and entirely transparent. If we run into trouble, you'll likely find a photo of the flat tyre, our sad faces when we can't afford to restock the fridge and video of our terror as we stay out of the way of gale force winds.
Whatever happens on our journey, you'll know all about it. And we hope you'll join us in spirit.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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