Documentary Film About the First Death row Inmate to be Exonerated by DNA Evidence, Seeks Funding, Hopes to Shine a Light on Wrongful Convictions in the United States

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Idaho filmmaker Gregory Bayne (JENS PULVER | DRIVEN) is bringing the story of Kirk Noble Bloodsworth, the first death row inmate to be exonerated by DNA evidence in the US, to the screen and he’s inviting you to be part of the production. The Washington Post reports that the Boise filmmaker recently launched a fundraising campaign online.

Bloodsworth Poster

While it is important that we reach our funding goal, this campaign is not just about the money,” explains Bayne. “It’s about building community, from day one, around the film and Kirk’s story.

He wants his story told. And Boise filmmaker Gregory Bayne, founder of the LovelyMachine production company, hopes to tell it. BLOODSWORTH: An Innocent Man, recounts the remarkable true story of Kirk Noble Bloodsworth who after being wrongfully convicted and sentenced to death in 1985 for a murder he did not commit, became the first death row inmate the United States to be exonerated by DNA evidence. (Case # CR-3138 Towson, MD State of Maryland vs. Kirk Noble Bloodsworth). The Washington Post reports that the Boise filmmaker recently launched a fundraising campaign online and is seeking pledges by Dec. 5 for the production of the film about Kirk Bloodsworth, who spent nine years in prison before a 1993 DNA test overturned his conviction.

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: An Innocent Man 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.

In development since April, the film has gained the support of 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.

To begin production, Bayne has launched a funding campaign via Kickstarter.com – 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. As of Saturday morning (November 26, 2011) Bayne has secured over $7,600 in pledges from over 130 individuals backing the project.

Learn more about the BLOODSWORTH: An Innocent Man Kickstarter campaign here.
(Full URL: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/gregorybayne/bloodsworth-an-innocent-man)

“While it is important that we reach our funding goal, this campaign is not just about the money,” explains Bayne. “It’s about building community, from day one, around the film and Kirk’s story.”

Bayne’s previous film, JENS PULVER | DRIVEN, and intimate documentary about the legendary mixed-martial-arts fighter (Warner Bros.), also received its start on Kickstarter.com in January of 2010.

“Kickstarter has become an invaluable tool for artists working on the outskirts of the industry.” says Bayne, “Not just as a potential funding vehicle, but as a way to connect with those who can share in your passion for the work, and amplify its ultimate reach. Us little guys need as much help as we can get, and there truly is strength in numbers.”

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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