COMING SOON - Bail: America's Ransom
The first short documentary series challenging America’s obsession with criminalization and mass incarceration by dismantling the for-profit money bail system.
ABOUT THIS PROJECT:
Bail: American Ransom (Working Title), a three-part series, is a hard hitting investigation of the inequity in our justice system caused by money bail and the role profit plays in fueling mass incarceration.
This series will make an impact by upending public opinion, shifting attitudes away from the current flawed system and educating both the general public and decision-makers about better systems.
HELP US FUND THIS PROJECT
WHY THIS PROJECT MATTERS TO YOU:
At Brave New Films, we stand tall on tough issues, because we know a better world is worth the fight.
The money bail system is broken and deeply flawed. The current system devastates communities and its cost to taxpayers is egregious while doing nothing to improve public safety. As long as our Justice system allows a profit incentive for private bail bond companies to operate, access to justice will be unjustly dictated by your economic class.
Why is our justice system punishing the poor while allowing private companies to profit selling justice and freedom?
Americans are sitting in jails for minor infractions simply because they can’t afford to pay the high bond amounts. They haven’t been convicted and often times haven’t even been in front of the court yet. Reality is that the majority of people – over 70% - are in jails for one simple reason – being too poor.
HOW WE MAKE AN IMPACT
HOW YOUR CONTRIBUTION HELPS
Already a large portion of our community has come together to build this project. With your contribution, you’ll collaborate with a growing community and play a critical role in creating the change necessary to mend our broken justice system and develop solutions that stop punishing people for being poor.
Education is key to this project because many people don’t even know how terrible the money bail system is and they are totally unaware that successful alternatives exist and are possible to implement more widely. That’s why your support is vital to this project.
Through education this three-piece series will elevate awareness to the injustice and disproportionate impact of the money bail system on the poor, while we simultaneously point the way to fairer, more effective alternatives.
Storytelling will allow this project to cut through the noise and connect with hearts and minds in a powerful way. It gives us the ability to reach many who aren’t easily moved by – or will never see - written reports.
In addition to these short films we are launching a robust social media plan, partnerships with other non-profit organizations, and a solid distribution system that reaches tens of millions on a multitude of platforms. So that together we can bring national-level exposure to the bail industry.
RISKS AND CHALLENGES
We need to raise $50,000 by Midnight on December 31, 2016 to start production on this 3-part series. Raising $50,000 in 40 days is a challenge but with your support we can get there.
ABOUT THE REWARDS
$25 or more - Links to BNF full-length films - just in time for Thanksgiving + BNF Justice Reading List
A contribution of $25 grants you access to past BNF full-length films with exclusive links delivered via email. For a limited time only, if you contribute $25 or more within the first 24 hours of launching we will send you links to BNF full-length films on Wednesday 23, 2016 at 11 AM PST. (For contributions of $25 or more made by 9 AM PST 11/26/16)
Impress and educate your friends with your wealth of knowledge when you receive the official BNF Justice & Bail Reform reading list via email/digital download. The BNF staff have curated this one of a kind reading list to include books, articles, short films and other informative resources. See the reading list that inspired us to start this project and learn more about BNF staff based on their picks.
$50 or more - Virtual Release Party
You’re invited behind the scenes to the virtual release party for part 1 of this series. Prior to Part 1 of this series being released, we will notify you of the release date and time. That way we can all watch together online. After the release there will be a virtual tour of BNF HQ via YouTube and hear from Campaigns Director Regina Clemente to learn about the upcoming releases.
$100 or more - Justice T-Shirt featuring design by Brave New Films
Make a statement with this limited edition JUSTICE T-Shirt. This T-Shirt is currently being designed to spark conversation with its bold statement about Justice. Next time someone compliments your T-Shirt you can engage them in the powerful meaning behind our work to #EndCashBail (Available in S, M, L and XL. Please indicate size when donating)
$250 or more - Questions Answered at virtual Q & A
Receive exclusive virtual access to Discussion/Q&A with Robert Greenwald following the release of the second part of this series. Prior to Part 2 of this series being released, we will notify you of date and time for the virtual discussion. (This virtual discussion will be happening via webinar or YouTube, but exact platform TBD)
$1000 or more - Advance Screening
Receive two invites behind the scenes at Brave New Films Culver City studio for the Premiere Screening of the whole series. Sorry travel and accommodations not included.
MEET THE TEAM
Robert Greenwald and Brave New Films are dedicated to leveraging storytelling and our multi channel distribution model (million+ reach) to fight mass incarceration.
Robert Greenwald, Director
Jim Miller, Executive Producer
Regina Clemente, Director of Campaigns
+ BNF Development & Production
- Are contributions to this project tax-deductible? Yes. Brave New Films is a 501 (c)3 nonprofit.
- What if I don’t need any rewards? Just let us know by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- When will I get my T-Shirt? We expect to ship T-shirts by February, estimated delivery is February 8, 2017.
- Can I ship my T-shirt somewhere other than my billing address? Yes. Just let us know where by emailing us here at email@example.com
- When is the virtual release party? Estimated date of virtual release party is February 2016. Once we have release date confirmed we will do our best to give all attendees advanced notice of the release party date.
- When is the full series going to be release? Most likely all 3 pieces will be released by April 2016. We are looking to release the first piece in February 2017.
- How will I see my “Honorary Producer” credit? When the series is complete we will send you an exclusive version of this series with your name at the end. Estimated delivery is April 2016.
If you have a specific question, let us know by emailing here.