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$3,521
pledged of $15,000pledged of $15,000 goal
64
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, April 7 2012 5:00 PM UTC +00:00

About

After 27 years in Tennessee's most notorious prisons, Andy Dixon found hope and redemption. i am convicted is his story.

It is a work-in-progress novel that uses a blog to transparently share the story of Andy, as it’s written. The entire first draft of the novel will be released online, for free.

Andy's story could be a beacon of hope for millions trapped in a razor wire spin cycle, but the rest of our story is unfinished. We need your help to find our way in the dark, to discover the puzzle pieces that have yet to be placed.

We're fighting the prison system from the outside - trying to influence a positive paradigm shift from punishment to rehabilitation.

what funding will support

Funding for our Kickstarter campaign will help us focus our energy on finishing the research and interview process, writing the first draft of the manuscript and publishing an e-book version of i am convicted.

Kickstarter is all or nothing, so if we don't reach the $15,000 goal, you don’t get charged, and we don’t receive any funding.

The funding breakdown for i am convicted:

  • Finish research and interview process ~ 35% of funds
  • Finish manuscript ~ 35% of funds
  • Cost of publishing ~ 20% of funds (book design/formatting; editing; misc. costs - ISBN, etc.)
  • Reward fulfillment ~ 10%

the journey of andy dixon

i am convicted is a story of reinvention and the American prison system.

Not the spit shined, sensationalized depictions that we're used to from the Hollywood shuffle and the media hustle.

Andy is the 3rd generation of four from a family decimated by crime and incarceration. Crime's influence found Andy in his youth, at an age where most of us are just learning to ride our first Huffy.

There was never a doubt, never a moment’s hesitation that Andy would follow his family to prison. It was simply a matter of when. 

i am convicted will take you down Andy's long road, from the streets of Chicago and the farm country of Paris, TN to the yard of Tennessee's most notorious prisons.

This is a real human story - of the realities of prison, but also the power to transform and reinvent. 

It is also a love story, where two people searching for their own truth found each other in the most unlikely of places. 

read the story - right now

i am convicted of two things - one, of sharing Andy's story to foster an honest, positive dialogue on the the many faces of prison.

Two, of experimenting with what defines success for independent storytellers. There are lessons from my journey that I know can help anyone who is afraid to take the leap and write a story that the world may need, right now.

i am convicted was built for sharing Andy's story in a transparent, community-driven way - a platform that can keep the story alive after the book is published.

You can follow our storytelling process as it happens. We will be sharing more from the book, including full chapters, as they’re written.

Read the first four chapters of i am convicted

thank you

I can't say thank you enough for your time and energy. Seriously, you're helping us be the change instead of waiting for others to take up the torch and run.

Whether you support with a pledge, share with a friend or family member, or simply walk away a little different than when you showed up, today is just the beginning.

video credits

Photography and audio clip of Andy Dixon by Jerry Hirsch and Geo Geller

Music - "dan8" by junior85

Editing by Matthew Rogers

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

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    You'll have our appreciation and gratitude forever.

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    Special recognition in the acknowledgments PLUS a copy of the i am convicted e-book.

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    $1 for every year Andy gave time to the razor wire. You'll receive all of the above rewards, PLUS special recognition on a permanent supporters page at iamconvicted.com with links to a site of your choosing AND a limited edition i am convicted t-shirt. (Please add $5 to your pledge for shipping to Canada; $10 for international shipping - thank you!)

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    All of the above, PLUS a limited edition hot-iron branded Moleskine notebook from Tinkering Monkey, stamped with the i am convicted logo. (Please add $7 to your pledge for shipping to Canada; $15 for international shipping - thank you!)

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    All of the above, PLUS a Kickstarter exclusive hardcover version of i am convicted - Signed by Andy, Linda and Brett with your name in the book as a special thanks. PLUS PLUS a limited edition, custom Hatch Show Print - one of the oldest working letterpress print shops in America. (Please add $10 to your pledge for shipping to Canada; $20 for international shipping - thank you!)

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    All of the above, PLUS two hours of content and/or creative consulting with Brett via video chat, Skype or phone - in person possible for Nashville area. (Please add $10 to your pledge for shipping to Canada; $20 for international shipping - thank you!)

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    All of the above PLUS an original 8x10 sketch by Amber Morgan - a talented artist and graphic designer and wife. (Please add $10 to your pledge for shipping to Canada; $20 for international shipping - thank you!)

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    All of the above PLUS an original 18X24 painting by Amber.

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Funding period

- (30 days)