Idaho Filmmaker Gregory Bayne Seeks Funding for Documentary on the First Death Row Inmate Exonerated by DNA Evidence

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Documentary film to highlight the issue of wrongful conviction.

Kirk Bloodsworth wants his story told. And Boise filmmaker Gregory Bayne, founder of the LovelyMachine production company, hopes to tell it. Bayne is currently in production on his second feature documentary, BLOODSWORTH, which recounts the remarkable true story of Kirk Noble Bloodsworth who after being wrongfully convicted and sentenced to death for a murder he did not commit, became the first individual in the United States to be exonerated by DNA evidence. (Case # CR-3138 Towson, MD State of Maryland vs. Kirk Noble Bloodsworth)

To begin production, Bayne has launched a funding campaign via – an online crowd-funding system that allows anyone to pledge support and make a contribution in return for rewards related to the production of the film. This project will only be funded if at least $25,000 is pledged by Monday Dec 5, 5:00pm EST. Learn more about the BLOODSWORTH Kickstarter campaign here.

“Through Kirk's story, and this film, I am trying to help shine a light on injustice,” explains Bayne. “Stories like Kirk's happen more often than we'd care to imagine.”

Weaving together archival footage, Kirk’s own compelling re-telling of his ordeal, and animated reenactments based on court records, police reports, and Kirk’s visceral memories, BLOODSWORTH hopes to capture the power of Kirk's indomitable human spirit, illustrating how one survives, even thrives, in the face of incredible adversity. Bringing a much needed human face to the issue of wrongful conviction in the United States.

BLOODSWORTH, in development since April, has been supported by the Idaho Commission on the Arts and is a sponsored project of the Independent Filmmaker Project in New York. The IFP, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is the oldest and largest consortium of independent filmmakers in the US, and will be mentoring the project throughout its production.

Gregory Bayne is a filmmaker living and working in Boise, Idaho. He has produced and directed two feature films since 2009, the narrative thriller PERSON OF INTEREST and the intimate documentary, JENS PULVER | DRIVEN, which received a workforce development grant in 2010 from the Idaho Film Office, and is currently in release via Warner Brothers Video on Demand. Bayne has been a guest speaker on the changing landscape of film and media at Columbia University, the Los Angeles Film Festival, the London Film School and the Idaho Cineposium, and is a columnist for Filmmaker Magazine.


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