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Go from the streets to the courtrooms, as Harold Sloan and fellow homeless men struggle to survive in Milwaukee, WI.
Go from the streets to the courtrooms, as Harold Sloan and fellow homeless men struggle to survive in Milwaukee, WI.
105 backers pledged $8,418 to help bring this project to life.

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30 Seconds Away: Breaking the Cycle

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NEW STRETCH GOAL: $8,000

Please help us reach our stretch goal of $8,000 by July 1st!

We would love to do more outreach with this film including interactive workshops, and your support can help us reach that goal!

We also added new rewards for $75 and $500! If we hit this stretch goal, our existing backers will also receive bonus rewards!


ABOUT THE FILM

30 Seconds Away: Breaking the Cycle tells the story of chronic homelessness in Milwaukee’s downtown. The film looks at who homeless men are, how they got there, and how they survive. It examines the unique relationship between homelessness and Milwaukee’s justice system, offering perspective through the voices of the courts, police officers and the homeless men themselves. We follow officers from Milwaukee Police Department’s Homeless Outreach Team as they take their specialized training on the streets. We watch one man journey off the streets while another strives to stay underground. As the scales tip in this precariously balanced struggle for survival, we discover who is 30 Seconds Away.

THE STORY BEHIND THE FILM

Harold Sloan was the inspiration for this film. In 2010, Harold was homeless and slept outside Milwaukee’s courthouse complex when he wasn’t in jail. He spent his days at various locations in Milwaukee’s downtown, seeking shelter in the public library and panhandling his way between meal sites. Harold was not a fan of police officers when he met Faith Kohler, a federal law enforcement officer who volunteered at one of the shelters. One day Harold shared his story and it resonated with Faith because it destroyed any preconceived notions she had about how people become homeless and why they often stay homeless. As Harold expressed his frustration with how he lived, Faith began documenting his story. He became BatPowered’s ambassador to the homeless community, sharing insight about the harsh reality of what his life had become. This story spans five years as Faith and crew followed Harold on his eye-opening journey off the streets.

Harold Sloan
Harold Sloan

WHAT WE NEED TO COMPLETE THE FILM

We've seen the power of crowd funding and view it as an invaluable tool to involve the community. After 5 years of making this film on our own, we need your support to complete the film and begin outreach.

We’re asking to raise a minimum of $5,000 through Kickstarter to assist in completing the film. Whether it’s $5, $25, $100 or more, your contribution will help us to complete 30 Seconds Away. We hope you’ll consider making a pledge!

We specifically need money for finishing funds, which include:

1. Editorial Support                                                      $1500

2. Audio Mix & Original Music Score                          $1500

2. Color Correction                                                       $1000

3. Printed Materials for Outreach Workshops             $500

4. Kickstarter Fee (Up to 10%)                                       $500

***Any additional money we raise on top of the goal will be put towards outreach, partnerships, and film festival submissions, etc.***

WHY KICKSTARTER

Social change starts with an informed public. This film is intended to educate the public about the underlying issues that contribute to chronic homelessness, and to show how the justice system and available community resources are working to combat these issues. Our goal is simple: engage the public and educate them through a balanced documentary. Raising funds through Kickstarter will get our community engaged and involved as we push through this last hurdle to share this story. 

THE CREW

Faith Kohler, J.D, (Director/Producer) is a graduate of Marquette University Law School and Wellesley College. A former federal agent who worked extensively in Milwaukee's high crime neighborhoods, Faith recently joined the enterprise security team of a Fortune 100 company. Throughout her law enforcement career, Faith served as a volunteer within Milwaukee's homeless community. Her interest in understanding poverty and researching solutions led to the creation of BatPowered Productions and 30 Seconds Away: Breaking the Cycle, filming the documentary between 2010 and 2015. The proud mother of three teenaged sons and the wife of an incredibly supportive man, Faith believes that the practice of tikkun olam, (Hebrew phrase meaning "world repair") is the means to establishing social justice and improving lives and communities overall.

Jessica Farrell (Producer) is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a BFA in Film and Photography. Jessica is currently a full-time producer at a Milwaukee advertising agency. Her past work experience includes post-production manager and freelance production for commercials, short films, and music video. Jessica has also produced, directed, and edited her own films. Her short documentary on the U.S. Postal Service screened at the 2013 Milwaukee Film Festival.

Andrew Swant (Editor) attended film school at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee and art school at the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire. He credits include the award-winning William Shatner's Gonzo Ballet (distributed by Epix), What What In the Butt (60 million YouTube views), Hamlet ADD (premiered at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art), and the production of Frankie Latina's Modus Operandi (AFI Fest, distributed by Kino). Swant co-wrote and starred in The Jeffrey Dahmer Files, which premiered at SXSW and was distributed by IFC.

Alex Block (Cinematography) is a graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a BFA in Film. He is currently a software developer in Minneapolis, MN. Alex has directed and photographed short documentary films, and 30 Seconds Away: Breaking the Cycle is his first feature documentary film.

Quinn Hester (2nd Unit Cinematography) is a graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a BFA in Film. He currently freelances as a cinematographer for commercials, narrative films, documentaries, and music videos. Quinn has done additional cinematography and lighting for documentary films including The Jeffrey Dahmer Files, The 414s, and USPS.

Faith Kohler and Harold Sloan walking "the trail" downtown Milwaukee. The homeless community in Milwaukee call this "the trail" because it is their daily pathway between shelters, meal sites, and various social service providers.
Faith Kohler and Harold Sloan walking "the trail" downtown Milwaukee. The homeless community in Milwaukee call this "the trail" because it is their daily pathway between shelters, meal sites, and various social service providers.

Risks and challenges

People may have preconceived ideas about homelessness preventing them from being open-minded about finding solutions to this societal problem. It can be a risky topic because people’s views may be polarized or politicized. We have worked around much of this challenge by presenting a balanced film that encompasses the views of everyone we interviewed. By sharing the perceptions of homeless men, lawyers, judges, and police officers alike, the audience has the freedom to form its own opinions about homelessness, its root causes, and how homelessness can be resolved, if at all.

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