Next up – using the film to affect criminal justice reform
All along our goal is that this film will cause every other state in the union to create their own Innocence Inquiry Commissions or an equivalent. Now that the film is (pretty much) done we are beginning that work.
Our plan is that for the next few months we will be “building awareness” of the film. In the background we’ll be working on all of the things that we need to get in place for distribution: a new website, Errors & Omissions insurance, creating DCP copies of the film which are used by cinemas for playback, and generally spreading the word. And, of course, some of that stuff costs pretty big bucks. And that’s why we haven’t taken the donate buttons off the website yet!
The film festivals are a big help. Having a film festival’s laurels associated with the film gives us credibility. (If the folks at RiverRun liked it, it must be good!) And, who knows, maybe some big distributor will come calling.
We’re not counting on that. Our intention is to market the film to Innocence Projects, community and church groups, law schools, and others, complete with a discussion guide and action steps, so they can begin local discussions about criminal justice.
Finishing the film was a lot of fun – but seeing it have impact is going to be awesome.
Make a Tax-Deductible Contribution
Of course, you can make a donation by clicking the donate button in the column on the right which will take you to our Fiscal Sponsor’s (International Documentary Association) website where you can make a tax- deductible donation by credit card.
If you’d prefer to use a check (and save us the credit card processing fees), you can give us one at any of our events, or mail it /drop it off to us at:
Swiftwater Media 108 S. Spruce St WS,NC 27101 (we do batched mailings weekly to the IDA)
CHECKS: Make it out to “IDA”. Please be sure to put “In Pursuit of Justice” in the memo line.
Join Our Mailing List
You can add your name to our mailing list by signing up for our newsletter ( SUBSCRIBE Button on this website). That will keep you in the loop about our film progress and upcoming events.
Getting others to SUBSCRIBE is a huge help to us. The more folks we can reach, the better…..so this is a valuable step you can do for us without spending any funds. Drive folks to our website, get them to SUBSCRIBE to our mailing list, and we’ll be singing your praises!
Stay Tuned on Social Media
Many grant funding groups watch for Facebook “activity” and “growth” for an applicant’s film project. No bones about it: We need people to support us by LIKING our Facebook page. We actively have 2 grant applications in at the moment!
We need you to make comments to ramp up our “engagement” level.
AND, most importantly, invite about a hundred of your friends ( hmm, is that asking too much?) to like our Facebook page…..please. So helpful for many reasons at this phase of the film project.
Host a House Party or Fundraiser / Sponsor an Existing Event
A great way to support our project is to hold a house party or host a fundraiser. Or if you are short on time to do an event, then offer to underwrite part of all of an event. Or simply donate some goods(drinks, food, paper supplies) to the event – just ask the event host how you can help.
HOUSE PARTY: Simply invite 8 to12 of your friends who are passionate about either film or criminal justice reform to your house. We’ll come, show them some footage from the film, and have a great discussion. At the end, we all ask if they would support us by making a donation.
A “FROM THE HORSE’S MOUTH” EVENT
If you have some friends who are able to make larger donations, consider holding a “From the Horse’s Mouth” event. It works much like a house party except we’ll add a little extra spice by bringing Greg Taylor, one of his family, and/or his attorney, Chris Mumma. It’s pretty dramatic to hear these folks tell their story in person. If you think you might be willing to hold that an event that can raise over $5,000, get in touch and we’ll put it together.
It’s not all about money – we need to build audience, too.
Book a Speaker / Hook Us Up Nationwide
BOOK A SPEAKER: We’re happy to come talk to social action groups – either through your churches or civic organizations. Just give us a shout, and we’ll set something up. We will gear it to the particular audience’s needs. We do NOT need to ask for contributions. Again, we care also about increasing our audience for this film.
WHO DO YOU KNOW? If you are aware of a grant or an agency that might support our film, please let us know! Grants are an extremely important part of finding funds to complete the film. We have 2 grant applications pending right now! If you know a small foundation that is passionate about criminal justice issues, please give us a head’s up. It is also critical that you think “NATIONWIDE” – groups, individuals, businesses that you want to hook up with us….make them aware of us.
WE HAVE BIGGER EVENTS THAT WILL NEED VOLUNTEERS:We have plans in the works for a couple of large fundraising events later in the fall. If you’d be willing to volunteer with us as we put these events together, please contact Gregg. You could be a greeter, a check-in table person, an extra set of hands for set-up,or an errand runner the day of the event. It ALL matters!
REMEMBER WHY WE ARE ALL DOING THIS:The story of Greg Taylor, his family, the investigation and trial that sentenced him to prison is powerful. The story of the creation of the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission is inspiring.
We believe that sharing this story with people across the country will help free more innocent people from prison and will help keep others from being wrongfully convicted in the first place.
Greg Taylor – Ghost
tells the story of Greg’s time in prison and his lost relationship with his daughter.
Footage that’s not in IPOJ!
You can stream ($3.99) or download ($9.99) Ghost by clicking the link below.
Support This Project
With your contribution, we can make a powerful impact on our nation. Help bring criminal justice reforms to the rest of the country.
In Pursuit of Justice is a fiscally sponsored project of the International Documentary Association (IDA), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Contributions are payable to the IDA and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.