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“A Place to Stand” is a documentary about Jimmy Santiago Baca’s transformation from nearly illiterate convict to award-winning poet.
“A Place to Stand” is a documentary about Jimmy Santiago Baca’s transformation from nearly illiterate convict to award-winning poet.
654 backers pledged $57,329 to help bring this project to life.

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    1. Creator dkruse on September 6, 2013

      Wise decision. This type of movie is created in layers and distance is vital in between each. Find Your Way has its first of many layers.

    2. Creator Maureen L. Burke on July 27, 2012

      Jimmy, I am so happy for you. Congratulations. I am very proud of all of you. ILY, MoJo

    3. Creator A Place to Stand on July 27, 2012

      @E.M. We will be submitting this film everywhere. Thanks so much for the contribution and support!

    4. Creator E.M. on July 27, 2012

      I hope you submit this doc to the Tribeca Film Festival.

    5. Creator Denise VanBriggle on July 25, 2012

      Four hundred people can't be wrong. Each one reach one. Let's do this!

    6. Creator Sara Wedeman on July 25, 2012

      'A Place To Stand' is currently banned in the Arizona Public School system.

      Ironic, no? Jimmy Santiago Baca was held in Arizona's Florence State Prison for 5 years for a crime he did not commit. In May, 2012 the Federal Government sued the State of Arizona for "a pattern of unlawful discrimination” against Latinos by law enforcement officials. The evidence is overwhelming and appalling.

      Jimmy's story is tremendously compelling, yes. It is also timely. We need to support this film in every way, shape and form. This week, the priority is financial. We need to make this movie happen. I'm about to make another donation. Please join me!

    7. Creator Laura Lorraine Culbertson on July 23, 2012

      Best of luck to you!!

    8. Creator Judy Herrera on July 22, 2012

      Correction: It was base-camp, not 'on the set'. And the teamster was a gentleman. There are sooooo many stories (American) that I believe need to be widely shared for our healing process. This one's major.

    9. Creator Denny Willson on July 18, 2012

      Jimmy's book shows the indomitability of the human spirit. As much as I was wounded by the things he suffered, his triumph lifted me up. With my pledge I say "thank you" but, more than thanks, I offer the chance for all of us to be witnesses to his ordeal and rebirth.

    10. Creator Diego Garcia on July 17, 2012

      GO BACKERS!!!!!

    11. Creator Judy Herrera on July 10, 2012

      About 16 years ago, a teamster on the set of “The Postman” gave me a Jimmy Santiago Baca cassette very carefully. I’d never heard of Sr. Baca before and I grew up in New Mexico. I listened to that taped recording for years and shared it with many of my relatives. We needed it. We still do. Gracias and Blessings.

    12. Creator Denise VanBriggle on July 3, 2012

      Tonight's the night to back this AHHmazing project . . . Full Buck Moon in Capricorn on the eve of Independence Day here in the USA.. Can you say Freedom? I knew you could.

    13. Creator Rex Veeder on July 3, 2012

      This is one of those projects that defines life's work. It is an in-your-face but gentle smack at the institutiuons that want people to get trained rather than educated. Training of that sort never was nor ever will be an option for Jimmy Baca. His story in A Place To Stand is especially needed now with all the volumes of hate coming out of legislative halls and within prision walls . . . those places made to lock up the spirit. I hope someone who is rich or some institution brings a big check, but if that doesn't happen it wouldn't surprise me. We, however, the people of that spirited revolution for human dignity and relationships of the true heart, know what it take to survive and thrive. Jimmy helps us teach that to others. Please, if you are this far into the kickstart, get kickstarted and invest some money, which is your energy going into what drives us to good.

    14. Creator Sara Wedeman on June 18, 2012

      This is an astounding, inspiring project -- so worthy of funding. I encourage anyone so moved to provide any support they can - minute, small, medium, and/or large. It all matters. This story MUST be told!

      Incidentally, the quality of the work: the cinematography, the storytelling, the passion it conveys -- are superior in every way. Let's make this happen!

    15. Creator Street Poets Inc on June 11, 2012

      Jimmy's poetry and "A Place to Stand" have been great sources of inspiration for me personally, and for our Street Poets Inc. ( community here in LA. Thank you for taking the initiative to tell this story in documentary form. We look forward to the day that we can screen it for our youth. With Great Appreciation & Respect ...