“Soon the television cameras will get packed up,” reflected Alex Altman for Time the day after Michael Brown’s funeral, “leaving a town that has become the latest shorthand for America’s racial divide to figure out how to translate the energy, intensity and anger of the past two weeks into concrete change.” Read more
Kenneth Young was sentenced to die in prison when he was 15 years old. Across the country more than 2500 kids sentenced to life without parole are hoping for a second chance.
15 TO LIFE weaves Kenneth’s legal battle for release with the story of his difficult childhood, and the circumstances that lead to a 30-day crime spree that changed his life forever. Read more
Since 2014, Media Impact Funders has been showcasing the work of producers dedicated to creating documentaries in the public interest through our annual Media Impact Festival. This year, we are celebrating the power of interactive technologies to deepen the relationship between news and documentary projects and their audiences. Our 2016 selections — celebrated at our annual […]
Lock It Down America!, a web film supporting the 2013 feature film Snitch, explores the consequences of Federal Mandatory Minimum drug laws and the use of confidential drug informants. Becoming one of the 2.2 million people behind bars is easier than you think.
Dwayne Johnson stars as John Matthews, a businessman hit hard when his teenage son is wrongfully ensnared in a drug bust and threatened with a terrifying 10-30 years in federal prison (under the US government’s draconian minimum drug sentencing laws). Read more
In the criminal justice system, public defenders play an integral role in making sure that defendants are properly represented. Gideon’s Army is a documentary which follows three young public defenders in the Deep South through their struggles to do this important work. Read more
As America remains embroiled in conflict overseas, a less visible war is taking place at home, costing countless lives, destroying families, and inflicting untold damage on future generations of Americans. Over forty years, the War on Drugs has accounted for more than 45 million arrests, made America the world’s largest jailer, and damaged poor communities at home and abroad. Read more
The Cooler Bandits is a feature documentary, with companion book, about four friends in four stages of incarceration, struggling to reenter society and confront their future in the old neighborhood. Read more