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Project of the Day: Who Are America’s Throwaways?

Project of the Day: Who Are America's Throwaways?

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“The Throwaways

Tweetable Logline: 

The Throwaways is the story of homeless filmmaker and ex-felon, Ira
McKinley, documenting his struggle to bring positive changes to his

Elevator Pitch:

The Throwaways is a timely and provocative first-person look at the
devastating effects of mass incarceration, police brutality and poverty
on black people in America. But it’s more than a simple illumination
of marginalized people at their weakest moments; this film is a call to
action, a story of directly engaging in the fight for justice. The
Throwaways lends an intimate perspective to the growing conversation
about racism and the criminal justice system, and Ira’s story of
defiance and struggle is an empowering example of perseverance by any
means necessary.
Production Team:
Bhawin Suchak: Director/Producer
Ira Mckinley: Co-Director/Co-Producer
Sam Pollard: Executive Producer
Bhawin Suchak: Cinematography/Editing
Adele Pham: Associate Producer/Additional Editing,
Messiah Rhodes: Associate Producer/Additional Cinematography

About the Production:

“I was drawn to this project by the subject who approached me with an
idea to tell other peoples stories. After hearing of his story and his
personal journey I felt strongly that his story of being an ex-felon and
trying to be an agent of change was the most compelling story. Three
years later, the conversation about mass incarceration, police brutality
and racism within the US justice system is happening in an
unprecedented way in communities across the country, and we feel that
The Throwaways can be a part of the dialogue.” — Bhawin Suchak

Current Status:


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Indiegogo Page
Film Website

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