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Will the sudden and unprecedented release of thousands of "lifers" from California prisons lead a nation to rethink mass incarceration?
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    Exclusive updates including previews of edited scenes plus a thank you on THE RETURN (thereturnproject.com) web site. This is IN ADDITION to the $5 level perks plus being listed in THE RETURN credits.

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    Lunch with Mike Romano of the Stanford 3 Strikes Clinic.

    Michael Romano is the director and co-founder of the Three Strikes Project. He has been recognized as one of the top lawyers in California and had published several articles on California’s Three Strikes law and sentencing in the United States. As counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Mr. Romano co-authored the Three Strikes Reform Act of 2012 (“Proposition 36”). His work has been profiled in The New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, and The Economist. He maintains a small criminal appeals, post-conviction, and civil rights law practice in San Francisco. Mr. Romano was a John Knight Fellow at Yale Law School and graduated with honors from Stanford Law School in 2003. He clerked for U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Richard C. Tallman.

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    Dinner with one of the producers in NYC or the Bay Area. This is IN ADDITION to the $5 level perks plus being listed in THE RETURN credits.

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    Community screening/private screening with a Director and a Prop. 36er (travel not included outside of LA or Bay Area). This is perfect for Law Firms/ Law Schools/Universities and Community groups.

    In addition to making a dent in our fundraising goal you will also receive a shout out on twitter or facebook and will be listed in the film's credits

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    Come join us for the WORLD PREMIERE of THE RETURN. We will invite you to the "cast" and crew dinner. It will be grand. (Travel and accommodations not included.) In addition to the gratification of knowing you'll be making a huge dent in our fundraising goal you will also receive a shout out on twitter or facebook and a Special Thanks in our credits!

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    We’ll give you a shout out on twitter or facebook. Once the film is complete we will thank you on our web site thereturnproject.com.

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    In addition to what's on offer at the $5 level you will receive a postcard from one of the producers with a personalized note!

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    Rewards at the $5 level plus you will receive outtakes from the film for a limited time viewing!

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    In addition to rewards at the $5 level you will receive a digital download of one of our previous award winning films: Monumental: David Brower’s Fight for Wild America, Better This World or Prison Town, USA

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    We are SO excited for you to see THE RETURN. With a $50 donation you will be one of the FIRST people to see the film from the comfort of your home. You will receive a personalized invitation to live stream THE RETURN during our festival tour! (Limited live streaming window and other restrictions apply). This is IN ADDITION to the $5 level perks plus being listed in THE RETURN credits.

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    $75 gift certificate to THE RIVIERA Cafe, a West Village, NY institution. (alcohol not included)

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    DVD Copy of Better This World signed by the filmmakers. This is IN ADDITION to the $5 level perks plus being listed in THE RETURN credits.

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    Signed copy of THE RETURN upon DVD release. This is IN ADDITION to the $5 level perks plus being listed in THE RETURN credits.

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    A signed copy of THE RETURN film poster. This is IN ADDITION to the $5 level perks plus being listed in THE RETURN credits.

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    Get an original 11x14 photo from THE RETURN PROJECT from photographer, Ana Homonnay. This is IN ADDITION to the $5 level perks plus being listed in THE RETURN credits.

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    A 30 minute consult with one of the directors about your documentary idea at the Loteria Films office. This is IN ADDITION to the $5 level perks plus being listed in THE RETURN credits.

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    2 tickets Premiere and after party *please note screening to be determined, any additional costs such as hotel, travel, food are not included in this reward! This is IN ADDITION to the $5 level perks plus being listed in THE RETURN credits.

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