Dogtown Redemption is LIVE on Kickstarter!

Dogtown Redemption is live on  Kickstarter, and we already have some awesome news!  An anonymous donor has pledged to match, dollar for dollar, the first $5000 donated to the campaign!  Check out the campaign and help us reach that first milestone.  Here's some more information and other ways you can help:

4 Recyclers.  5 Years.  Over 200 hours of footage.

One chance to spur a national conversation on poverty.

The finish line for Dogtown Redemption is in sight.  Over the past 5 years, we have chronicled the story of America’s untouchables: homeless shopping cart recyclers living in West Oakland, California.  We’ve followed the lives of four recyclers: Jason, the Olympic titan of recycling, Roslin, a widow whose husband, Willie taught her how to survive by recycling, Landon, a fallen priest who ministers to the recyclers while struggling with his own fall from grace, and Miss Kay, a Korean immigrant and former punk drummer.  Through them, we are introduced to the art, science, economics and politics of recycling: what it offers, how it touches, and why it matters to the poor.

Our final hurdle lies in postproduction—the crucial process of editing footage, music, sound and more.  Our postproduction costs are over $120,000.  Through grants from Sundance, Cal Humanities, and the support of many friends, we’ve raised a great deal of these funds.  But once more we need your help.

We have launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise the funds necessary to finish the film by September—in time to submit to the Sundance Film Festival—the ultimate venue to start a national conversation on poverty and homelessness.

Here’s what you can do to help:

  1. Visit our Kickstarter page and watch the trailer.
  2. Donate.  Even $5 helps us move the needle toward our goal.
  3. Share the video with your friends, family, and coworkers.  It takes a village to make a documentary—your networks are our global village!

We never could have made it this far without the support and friendship of countless individuals.  Once more we’re putting our film and our faith in your hands.  We thank you for your love, and ask you for your blessings.

Warm Regards,

The Redemption Team

P.S.  Forwarding this e-mail to friends is another great way to share the film!  Thanks for your help.