Ethan's Law (Canceled)
This documentary describes the life and death of Ethan Saylor, his Mothers advocacy and the legislation it inspired. #JusticeForEthan
Ethan's Law the movie.
As of July 13th an Angel Donor has pledged to match peoples donations until this project is funded.
Ethan's Law formally known as Justice for Ethan. NDSC 2015 Cut
Justice For Ethan ROUGH cut
Ethan Saylor son of Patricia and Ronald, brother to Emma and Adam had a passion for everything good guy. Even though Ethan had Down Syndrome, he never let anything hold him back from enjoying his life. He had many loves and enriched the lives of everyone around him.
On January 12th 2013 Ethan and his aide attended a screening of Zero Dark Thirty at the Westview Regal Cinemas in Frederick Maryland.
After the movie was over Ethan was waiting for his aide to pull the car around. Ethan decided he wanted to stay for a second viewing and walked back into the theatre. After Ethan was approached by the theatres management, security was called and asked to remove Ethan from the theatre because he had not bought a ticket for the second show. Three Frederick County Sheriffs deputies responded. Their negligent behavior, lack of training and patience would soon leave Ethan laying dead on the theatre floor.
The Coroner would rule Ethan's death a Homicide how ever a grand jury decided the deputies would not be criminally charged. No one thinks they meant to kill Ethan, and even though what happened to Ethan can not be changed; it can be prevented.
Over the past two years Ethan's family and countless advocates have successfully lobbied for the mandatory training of Maryland law enforcement and first responders. This type of training will definitely save lives and provide accountability where there once was none.
I have been working on this project for almost two years. My first KickStarter campaign allowed me to buy the necessary equipment to continue filming this project professionally and ensure I was able to follow the story to fruition. Now that I'm done, I need your help to bring this story to the public.
Risks and challenges
I finished filming filming this summer after Maryland Gov. Hogan signed the Ethan Saylor Alliance for self advocates as educators bill in June of 2015. I am currently editing the final scenes of this film together, but without further funding, I will not be solve some of the audio and visual issues that are affecting the potential of this project. I have allocated $2,000 of this budget for audio mastering, closed captioning and color correction.
In order to meet the technical requirements for distribution or film festival entries. I will need to have a 24p frame rate conversion done professionally which cost $450.
The rest of the money will go to film festival entries( Average entry fee is $100+) and marketing material to ensure that as many people see this film as possible.
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