April 10th, 2014
From the FLEFF Intern Voices Blog
by Rachael Lewis-Krisky
April 6th, 2014
The Throwaways by Ira McKinley brought to light an often-ignored issue in the United States: mass incarceration.
As a black man and ex-felon, McKinley has a deeply personal
relationship to the issues that come with mass incarceration, all of
which he raised in the documentary, such as food deserts, over policing
and violence, the degradation of inner city schools, abandoned
neighborhoods, and lack of access to health care.
The systematic attacks on communities of color need major counter
actions. In the personal, reflexive and revealing documentary McKinley
encourages viewers to take charge of their communities to stop the
extreme injustices at hand.
“I don’t want to shoot people with a gun. I want to shoot people with
my camera,” McKinley said. He has made it his mission to change the
system plaguing his friends, family and fellow citizens.
These people are not just McKinley’s allies – they are ours too. A
problem for a fellow citizen is a problem for me. Stop mass
incarceration and join the fight. Truly, the burden belongs to us all.
The Throwaways has been selected to screen at the 17th Annual Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival
in Ithaca, NY. Feels good as a filmmaker to be treated well and welcomed to the festival with such open arms. Ira was on a panel on Friday at Ithaca College titled, "How to Get Your Break", check out this live blog report of the panel: FLEFF VOICES BLOG
The Throwaways will be screening today, Sunday April 6th at 2pm at Cinemapolis
in Ithaca, NY. This is a beautiful independent theater run by Brett Bossard, who really cares about indie films, documentaries and has a deep respect for filmmakers and creating community around films. Even if you can't check us out today, make sure if you're in Ithaca go see a movie at Cinemapolis. Hope to see you at FLEFF!March 19th, 2014
We had our premiere at the Socially Relevant Film Festival in New York City.
It was an exciting night as we got to meet Amy Goodman and speak with her about the timeliness and relevance of our film.
March 10th, 2014
We are excited to announce that we have completed post-production on The Throwaways! Picture locked, color corrected, audio mixed and done and done! It's been a long journey for nearly three years working on this film and it has been a labor of love. October 2013
We have launched an indieGoGo campaign to raise finishing funds to complete post-production and get this important film out to as many audiences possible! Please visit our Throwaways IndieGoGo page and consider donating, we have great perks and you can make a contribution of $5 to $5000. Every dollar counts thank you!http://igg.me/at/throwaways August 2013
We are excited to announce that Sam Pollard has joined our production team as our Executive Producer. Sam brings his 40+ years of experience as a documentary film editor and producer to The Throwaways
He has spent many years as Spike Lee's editor and recently directed Slavery By Another Name
which aired on PBS last year. Check out Sam's body of work on his IMDB page:
As we near the completion of The Throwaways we are excited to share that we were featured on Indiewire, one of the biggest independent film websites. Check it out: http://tinyurl.com/8r5u2vz
Thank you all!!! We've come so far this year!!!
We're in the final stages of production and need your help to complete filming.
Please click the paypal link below to support THE THROWAWAYS.
If you'd like one of our kickstarter rewards but missed the campaign... just say so in the note when you give.
We've been so busy!!! That's a good thing --Keep up with the latest by following our facebook updates here:
Thank You!!! We did it!!! Thanks to you we have officially reached our kickstarter goal!!!
-This is an important first test for the throwaways-- This project will only happen if you all want to help us make it happen. If we don't reach our kickstarter fundraising goal in the 60 days we end up with nothing.
-Thanks to everyone who has donated to the project on Kickstarter!!!!! so far we have raised $1400 in the first 24 hours!!!
-The Throwaways Kickstarter Campaign is officially underway! Our goal is to raise $10,000 for our first round of production in only 60 days.
-The plan is to use the trailer to help raise funds for production!
-Trailer is up! Already we've getting so much positive feedback from on the trailer from our growing number of supporters.
Have a look at our incredible team-- http://throwawaysmovie.com/#e42/custom_plain
With so much interest in the project-- it's been easier than we ever could have imagined to assemble an amazing team/crew with diverse and valuable experiences in filmmaking.
So much interest in our project through our new facebook page! And from people who are from all over the world!!!
With each day we are documenting powerful stories and getting incredible footage. This is a story that needs to be told!
THE THROWAWAYS tells the story of homeless filmmaker and activist Ira McKinley, documenting his quest to shed light on the struggle of people living on the margins of society and to challenge a system that oppresses them.