WE'VE REACHED OUR GOAL!!! THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!!
"Can I still give?" Of course!! All money that we raise above our goal will go to distributing the film. To celebrate reaching our goal early, we have created new incentives, available to ALL donors at ALL levels upon reaching certain funding milestones!
$53,000 or 600 backers – Digital download of Jimmy's Healing Earthquakes poetry CD (not available anywhere)
$54,000 or 650 backers – Digital download of Lost Voices - a documentary short about a writing workshop conducted by Jimmy in a New Mexico prison
$55,000 or 700 backers – Invitation to an exclusive virtual poetry reading by Jimmy
$56,000 or 750 backers – Preview reading (mp3 download) from Jimmy’s upcoming collection of poetry, The Lucia Poems
$57,000 or 800 backers – Digital download of Moving the River Back Home - a documentary short about a writing workshop conducted by Jimmy in a New Mexico high school.
$58,000 or 850 backers – Digital download of El Gato, one of Jimmy's first poetry casettes (not available anywhere - we will be digitally encoding it for all of you)
$59,000 or 900 backers – 10 minute preview of A Place to Stand (upon completion) – the first 10 minutes before anyone else sees it.
$60,000 or 1000 backers – An original eBook will be created exclusively for the backers of unpublished and out-of-print poetry with a dedication from Jimmy to all of you.
** All donations are tax deductible through the Center of Southwest Culture, our 501c3 fiscal sponsor (centerofsouthwestculture.org) **
“I am learning to look at myself differently, to see
the scattered remnants of hope and dreams and collect them again.”
- Jimmy Santiago Baca, Arizona State Prison, 1977
A Place to Stand is the authorized story of Jimmy Santiago Baca’s transformation from a functionally illiterate convict to an award-winning poet, novelist and screenwriter.
A Place to Stand follows Jimmy’s path from Estancia, New Mexico – where he lived with his indigenous grandparents – through childhood abandonment, adolescent drug dealing, a DEA bust where a federal agent was shot, and a subsequent 5-year narcotics sentence at Arizona State Prison in Florence, one of the most violent prisons in the country.
To survive the chaos and violence of prison, Jimmy explored deep within himself, discovering poetry at his soul's core. Learning to write and read poetry liberated him from the death and decay that surrounded him, healing the wounds of his childhood and opening him to a new future.
A Place to Stand is inspired by Jimmy’s memoir of the same name, which has been called “elegant and gripping” (The Los Angeles Times) and “an astonishing narrative that affirms the triumph of the human spirit” (The Arizona Daily Star). The film explores the life and mind of a man whose early life was dominated by sadness, rejection, anger and pain, a man who embraced language as a balm for his battered spirit, a man who - through the power of poetry - finally found his place to stand.
Though Jimmy is perhaps best-known for writing and executive producing Blood In Blood Out, a cult classic film directed by Taylor Hackford in 1993, the bulk of his career has been devoted to poetry. In 35 years as a poet, he has over 20 books published and countless awards, including the Pushcart Prize the American Book Award and the National Poetry Award.
Born in New Mexico of Indio-Mexican descent, Jimmy was raised first by his grandmother and later by an orphanage. By 13, he was living on the street. At 21, Baca was sentenced to five years in a maximum security prison.
Baca has devoted his post-prison life to writing and teaching others who are overcoming hardship. The themes of his work include American Southwest barrios, addiction, injustice, education, community, love and beyond. He has conducted hundreds of writing workshops in prisons, community centers, libraries, and universities throughout the country.
A Place to Stand - The Book
"The finest memoir I've read in I don't know how long. It reminded me of the rawness of George Orwell combined with the human exuberance of Neruda's memoirs. . . This book will have a permanent place in American letters."
- Jim Harrison
A Place to Stand, the memoir of Jimmy Santiago Baca, was published in 2002 by Grove Atlantic Press (New York) to wide critical acclaim.
The book received the prestigious International Prize, has sold over 250,000 copies and is used in educational institutions and writing workshops worldwide.
Daniel Glick, Director/Producer - Daniel is an award-winning producer, director and editor working in broadcast television, film and video since 2004. Daniel has completed documentaries, narrative shorts and a feature film that have been shown at several international festivals, from New York to Greece and Malaysia. A Place to Stand is his first feature length documentary.
David Grubin, Executive Producer - A director, writer, producer, and cinematographer, David has produced over 100 films, ranging from history to art, from poetry to science, winning every award in the field of documentary television, including 2 Alfred I. Dupont awards, 3 George Foster Peabody prizes, 5 Writer’s Guild prizes, and 10 Emmys. He is a member of the Writers Guild and Directors Guild, and is a former chairman of the board of directors of The Film Forum.
Dyanna Taylor, Director of Photography - Dyanna is a filmmaker and director of photography for hundreds of films, including academy award winning Common Threads. She has won many awards including a lifetime achievement award from the New York Women in Film and Television, a Peabody Award and five Emmys. She has shot for HBO, National Geographic and PBS.
Gabriel Baca, Producer - Gabriel began his career as a boom operator at age 15, but his first introduction to film came earlier during the production of Blood In Blood Out (Hollywood Pictures, 1993). Baca’s father, Jimmy Santiago Baca, was the writer and executive producer of the film and brought Baca on-set, planting the seed of his future endeavors. At 17 years old, he began filming, editing, writing and producing documentaries and music videos. In 2008, he became a member of the West Coast 700 Editors Guild as an assistant editor.
Last Year's Kickstarter Campaign
Last year, we ran a successful $5,000 Kickstarter campaign (resulting in close to $7,500) which we used for research and development. It allowed us to travel for 3 months, conduct 70 hours of interviews in all corners of the country, edit a rough assembly of the film, and gather hundreds of photos, articles and other archive documents.
We visited Stanford University, Saratoga Springs, NY, Eden, UT, Orlando, FL, Washington, DC, San Francisco, CA, Phoenix, AZ, Corpus Christi, TX, among many other places. In short, we were able to stretch your contributions very far.
How We Will Use Your Contributions This Year
With $50,000, not only will we complete production entirely, shooting at theatrical and broadcast quality, but we will spend a month in the editing room cutting together, with our Executive Producer, a full rough cut of the film. At that stage, we will be able to begin submitting A Place to Stand to festivals while we work on a final cut.
For a full budget breakdown, please visit our website at www.aplacetostandmovie.com.
There, on the For Donors page, you can download a Fundraising Packet that details extensively our intentions and plans for the film.
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