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Justice on Trial Film Festival 2014 Invitation

Justice on Trial Film Festival 2014 Invitation

We welcome you to partner with us for the 2nd Annual Justice on Trial Film Festival, a vitally important and strongly emerging event promoting the most compelling social-impact media projects in the industry – Friday and Saturday, September 26-27, 2014.

I was proud to launch the event in 2013, in shared inspiration with Michelle Alexander (author of The New Jim Crow) and founding supporters, to establish an annual forum whereby the power of film and story-telling would effectively intersect with advocates mobilized for change. Nearly 800 attendees and participants were beneficiaries of a moving event last year, as indicated by our post-festival surveys (78 percent replied to being highly satisfied by the experience).

Long Beach has been chosen as the strategic site for the 2nd Annual Justice on Trial Film Festival, devoted exclusively to films exposing grave defects in the American criminal justice system. Early film selections include The Cooler Bandits, Elementary Genocide, Broken on All Sides, Crime After Crime, and When Will the Punishment End?

Home to the festival is the University Theater Complex on the campus of Long Beach State University. Collaboration with the university provides an exceptional opportunity to engage the college’s academic and creative community, including experts, faculty, staff and students from the criminal justice, political science and media studies programs.

The festival will feature an array of high-profile keynote speakers, post-screening panel discussions and networking receptions.

Organizers include A New Way of Life Re-Entry Project in collaboration with All of Us or None, Justice Not Jails and LA Progressive. Inaugural festival sponsors included Brave New Films, Californians for Safety and Justice, Drug Policy Alliance and the Los Angeles Regional Reentry Partnership.

Sponsorship is the essential seed support in meeting the hard costs of organizing, facilitating and promoting the festival, as well as providing direct investment in the many initiatives the event promotes in the cause of restorative justice. I ask that you please consider a level of sponsorship as offered below. We remain flexible in tailoring a package to meet your expectations, and seek commitments as soon as possible to optimize our united efforts.

Please reply or contact me in a timely fashion in order for me to put the festival team to work for you on your festival benefits. Together, we will inspire one another, on the screen and beyond, to a place called justice.

Sincerely,

Susan Burton
Founder/Executive, A New Way of Life Re-Entry Project
Producer, Justice on Trial Film Festival

Sponsorship Opportunities

PRESENTING SPONSOR – $10,000

(exclusive sponsorship)

  • Event to be listed as the “Justice on Trial Film Festival“, Presented by [your company name] in all festival publicity, digital materials and advertising
  • Organization/company boilerplate info included in press packet
  • Inside front cover full-page ad in festival program
  • Special recognition from the stage during festival
  • 15 tickets to private VIP reception
  • 15 reserved seats to keynote talks
  • Special media interview with organization/company rep
  • Organization/company logo prominently featured in festival photo backdrop
  • Opportunity to distribute information at a 6-foot display table
  • 15 tickets to both days of the 2nd Annual Justice on Trial Film Festival

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GOLD SPONSOR – $5,000

  • Organization/company logo included in all festival materials, digital placements and advertising as OFFICIAL PLATINUM SPONSOR
  • Inside back cover or back cover full-page ad in festival program
  • 10 tickets to private VIP reception
  • 10 reserved seats at keynote talks
  • Organization/company logo prominently featured in festival photo backdrop
  • Opportunity to distribute information at a 6′ display table
  • 10 tickets to both days of the 2nd Annual Justice on Trial Film Festival

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SILVER SPONSOR – $2,500

  • Organization/company logo included all festival materials, digital placements and advertising as OFFICIAL SILVER SPONSOR
  • Full-page ad in festival program
  • 5 tickets to the private VIP reception
  • 5 reserved seats at keynote talks
  • Organization/company logo featured in festival photo backdrop
  • Opportunity to distribute information at a 6′ display table
  • 5 tickets to both days of the 2nd Annual Justice on Trial Film Festival

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BRONZE SPONSOR – $1,000

  • Organization/company logo included in all festival materials, digital placements and advertising as OFFICIAL BRONZE SPONSOR
  • Half-page ad in festival program
  • 2 tickets to the private VIP reception
  • 2 reserved seat to keynote talks
  • Organization/company logo included in festival photo backdrop
  • 2 tickets to both days of the 2nd Annual Justice on Trial Film Festival

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TABLETOP Exhibitor packages start at just $250 and include access to the festival.

 

Contact: admin[at]justiceontrialfilmfestival.org or 323.563.3575

2014 Justice on Trial Film Festival at CSULB

film reelThe Second Annual Justice on Trial Film Festival is gearing up. Based on the featured films, this film festival will be one you won’t want to miss.

The home of this year’s festival is the University Theater Complex on the campus of Long Beach State University (CSULB).  Collaboration with Cal State Long Beach provides an exceptional opportunity to engage the college’s academic and creative community, including experts, faculty, staff and students from the criminal justice, political science and media studies programs. CSULB has graciously agreed to host the film festival at their School of Film and Electronic Arts. The University Theater Complex includes a state-of-the-art theater in addition to the lovely landscaped grounds and common areas of the campus.

Stay tuned as this site will be populated with updated information concerning the film festival as soon as that information is made available.

Tickets will also be sold here on this site in the near term – so stay tuned and check back often.

Attendees Applaud First Festival

michelle-susan-cherylFestival goers at the First Annual Justice On Trial Film Festival gave the event glowing praise in a post-event survey conducted to improve next year’s festival. Asked for their overall impression, 78% said they were “quite pleased,” 22% were “were somewhat pleased”–and no one said they were less than pleased.

“I’m really interested in prison reform and it was great to be able to partake in an event which it’s sole focus was on the justice system,” noted one respondent. “I also enjoyed talking to people who were interested in the same thing as me- it’s important to connect with people working toward the same cause.”

“I’m a Public Defender and the issues addressed speak directly to my daily work life. It was good to be around other soldiers in the fight,” reported another.

“When Michelle informed the gathering that she and Susan have seen that we need to follow MLK Jr.’s path and mobilize millions of us together and take back our dignity and our rights as people from those who would make a profit off our bodies and kill our souls, I was so very delighted,” commented a third. “I have believed that for some time and am so glad to find out their vision.”

Michelle Alexander gave a magnetic performance: “Michelle knocked me out, as she always does, and I loved networking with a whole community of like-minded folks” is how one survey taker responded.

The survey did point out shortfalls as well, with the lack of adequate signage to direct people to films and other events, a shortage of Latino representation in the films and audience, and a desire to see more young people at future film festivals.

Some also noted that showing films simultaneously meant people couldn’t see all the films they wanted to see. Others thought there could be more structured dialogue among attendees about the issues discussed in the films and speeches. The strong majority also found the Loyola Marymount location convenient.

Asked if they were likely to attend the film festival next year, a resounding 82% said they were very likely to do so.

See the full survey results here: JOT ATTENDEE SURVEY

First-Ever Criminal Justice Film Festival Rides Wave of Reform

justice on trial film festivalLos Angeles will be the site of the first-ever annual film festival devoted exclusively to films exposing grave defects in the American criminal justice system. The festival arrives at a time of tremendous national ferment and momentum for progressive change.  The U.S. Attorney General is calling for a new look at sentencing practices and California is undertaking the broad implementation of public safety realignment.  Even more moderate elements of the conservative political community are pushing back in opposition to the high rate and runaway costs of mass incarceration.

“Justice On Trial” is the name of the two-day affair; scheduled for Oct. 20-21 at Loyola Marymount University (LMU). Michelle Alexander will be the keynote speaker during the festival’s first day. The second day’s featured speaker will be Ethan Nadelmann, JD, PhD, founder & executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance. The festival coincides with LMU’s annual Bellarmine Forum, which will explore this year’s theme of “Restorative Justice”.

The idea for the festival grew out of conversations between Susan Burton, founder and executive director of A New Way of Life Reentry Project and Michelle Alexander, author of the bestselling book, “The New Jim Crow”. Alexander felt that Los Angeles was the right place and Burton, the ideal organizer, for an event explicitly aimed at building the anti-incarceration movement.

justice on trial film festival“We make no bones about the fact that we want to strengthen the movement by means of these screenings and discussions,” says Burton, herself a formerly incarcerated person. “But we are also certain that there are people who have never been activists who will be moved and inspired to get involved after they see some of these films and meet the people who made them and whose work will be featured.”

Burton’s collaborators in producing the festival include the new faith-based anti-incarceration initiative called “Justice Not Jails”, the highly-strategic “Coalition to End Sheriff Violence” and the award-winning online magazine, “LA Progressive”. Festival expenses will be underwritten in part by Californians for Safety and Justice (CSJ), the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA), and the LA Regional Re-Entry Partnership (LARRP).  Other groups engaged in criminal justice reform activities in California are also helping to support and promote the festival.

[dc]F[/dc]or complete information and reservations, please visit www.trialofjustice.org.  The event is expected to sell out, so seating is limited. Early reservations are recommended.

Go here for tickets and latest information.

About Michelle Alexander:

michelle alexander pulpitMichelle Alexander is a highly acclaimed civil rights lawyer, advocate, and legal scholar. In recent years, she has taught at a number of universities, including Stanford Law School, where she was an associate professor of law and directed the Civil Rights Clinics. In 2005, she won a Soros Justice Fellowship, which supported the writing of The New Jim Crow, and that same year she accepted a joint appointment at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity and the Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University. Since its first publication, The New Jim Crow has received rave reviews and has been featured in national radio and television media outlets, including MSNBC, NPR, Bill Moyers Journal, Tavis Smiley, C-SPAN, and Washington Journal, among others. In March, the book won the 2011 NAACP Image Award for best nonfiction.

Prior to entering academia, Alexander served as the director of the Racial Justice Project for the ACLU of Northern California, where she coordinated the Project’s media advocacy, grassroots organizing, coalition building, and litigation. The Project’s priority areas were educational equity and criminal justice reform, and it was during those years at the ACLU that she began to awaken to the reality that our nation’s criminal justice system functions more like a caste system than a system of crime prevention or control. She became passionate about exposing and challenging racial bias in the criminal justice system, ultimately launching and leading a major campaign against racial profiling by law enforcement known as the “DWB Campaign” or “Driving While Black or Brown Campaign.”

About Ethan Nadelmann, JD, PhD:

Ethan_NadelmannDescribed by Rolling Stone as “the point man” for drug policy reform efforts, Ethan Nadelmann is widely regarded as the outstanding proponent of drug policy reform both in the United States and abroad.

Nadelmann is the founder and executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, the leading organization in the United States promoting alternatives to the war on drugs. Nadelmann received his B.A., J.D., and Ph.D. in Political Science from Harvard as well as a Masters’ degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics, and taught at Princeton University for seven years. He has authored two books – Cops Across Borders and (with Peter Andreas) Policing The Globe – and his writings have appeared in most major media outlets in the U.S. as well as top academic journals (e.g., Science, International Organization), policy journals (Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Washington Quarterly, Public Interest) and political publications from the right (National Review) to the left (The Nation).  He is interviewed frequently by media, including The Colbert Report, The O’Reilly Factor, Real Time with Bill Maher, and news programs on all the major U.S. networks as well as dozens of networks elsewhere.

Nadelmann and his colleagues have played pivotal roles in most of the major drug policy reform ballot initiative campaigns in the United States on issues ranging from medical marijuana and marijuana legalization to prison reform, drug treatment and reform of asset forfeiture laws. They also have reformed state and federal laws involving drug sentencing, access to sterile syringes to reduce HIV/AIDS, access to drug treatment, prevention of overdose fatalities, and all aspects of marijuana policy.  Nadelmann also plays a key role as drug policy advisor to George Soros and other prominent philanthropists as well as elected officials ranging from mayors, governors and state and federal legislators in the U.S. to presidents and cabinet ministers outside the U.S.

About Susan Burton and “A New Way of Life Reentry Project”:

susan burtonA New Way of Life Reentry Project (ANWOL) is a grassroots, nonprofit organization founded in 1998 by Susan Burton.  After a car driven by an off-duty police officer accidentally killed Susan’s five-year-old son, she numbed her grief through sinking into an abyss of substance abuse that ended in periods of incarceration.  She became trapped in the criminal justice system for nearly two decades before finding freedom and sobriety in 1997. Susan has since made it her life’s mission to help others adversely affected by the problems of incarceration and addiction by providing them with safety, support, and a second chance. The organization is the only one of its type in the Los Angeles area that offers reentry, reunification, empowerment and leadership development opportunities for this population. For her efforts, Susan was named a CNN Top Ten Hero for 2010 and was also awarded the prestigious Citizen Activist Award from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. In honor of her personal and professional expertise, Second District Supervisor, Mark Ridley-Thomas, appointed Susan to the Sybil Brand Commission for Institutional Inspections.  She is also a recipient of a 2012 Encore Purpose Prize; a national honor given annually to five American social innovators for their contributions to society through their Encore careers. Finally, in June of 2013, ANWOL was honored with a “Ford Freedom Unsung Award” that salutes “individuals and organizations that have positively impacted communities with achievements that inform and inspire others”.

About Barbara Becnel:

Barbara-Becnel-200Barbara Becnel author, journalist, film producer, prison reform activist as well as having the distinction of being the first (and only) black female Democrat to run for Governor. Most recently she was on the mediation team for the “Prison Hunger Strike”. Barbara was also one of the organizers of “Occupy 4 Prisoners”.  Being a scholar of astounding merit and being steeped in the world of academia, Barbara was surprised to find her passion taking her strongly down the path of prison reform starting with her support for Stanley “Tookie” Williams.

About Tony Denison

tony-dennison-200Award winning actor Tony Denison joined the cast of The Closer starring Kyra Sedgwick, as Det. Andy Flynn in 2005, which quickly became TNT’s # 1 Drama. Now in its second year, the spinoff series, Major Crimes, focuses on the criminal justice system. Denison has received a Prism Award by the Entertainment Industry Council for Outstanding Performance in a Drama Series and five SAG nominations for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. Denison is also known for being named TIME Magazines “Villan of the Decade” for his role as gangster Ray Luca in the Crime Drama Crime Story.

About “Justice Not Jails”:

Justice Not Jails is a growing Los Angeles-based interfaith coalition that brings people of faith into active engagement with the sources of an inhumane mass incarceration system. Justice Not Jails promotes a restorative public health model for public safety in place of the unjust, racially biased, and unsustainable punishment-based system we now have. The coalition trains faith leaders to become more effective spokespeople and advocates. It produces and disseminates educational and theological resources on mass incarceration topics for use within faith communities. And it mobilizes people to press concrete policy changes at the county and state levels.

About “Coalition to End Sheriff Violence in L.A. Jails”

The Coalition to End Sheriff Violence in L.A. Jails is a grassroots multiracial organization bringing together community organizations, health providers, clergy, attorneys, community residents, friends and families and survivors of the brutality inside L.A. jails to fight for real accountability. We are proposing a People’s Civilian Review Board comprised wholly of citizens that has subpoena power, where citizen complaints are reviewed and investigated, and recommendations for disciplinary or policy action are made by the board.

About “LA Progressive”

LA Progressive is an award-winning online magazine for progressives that publishes daily on issues of political, social, and cultural consequence, with a particular focus on criminal justice reform, racial justice, and the prison-industrial complex. The publication originates in Los Angeles but covers both local and national issues.

“Taking Drugs Out of the Criminal Justice System”

Described by Rolling Stone as “the point man” for drug policy reform efforts, Ethan Nadelmann is widely regarded as the outstanding proponent of drug policy reform both in the United States and abroad.

Ethan Nadelmann

Executive Director of the Drug Policy Alliance, the leading organization in the United States promoting alternatives to the war on drugs.

Loyola Marymount University School 1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles, California 90045 310.338.2700

Monday, October 21 @ 7pm

Hilton Center for Business (Hilton Building) Hilton One Auditorium

Screening of the Documentary: “The House I Live In”@ 6PM

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Ethan Nadelmann is the founder and executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, the leading organization in the U.S. promoting alternatives to the war on drugs. Nadelmann received his B.A., J.D., and Ph.D. in Political Science from Harvard as well as a Masters’ degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics, and taught at Princeton University for seven years. Nadelmann and his colleagues have played pivotal roles in most of the major drug policy reform ballot initiative campaigns in the U.S. on issues ranging from medical marijuana and marijuana legalization to prison reform, drug treatment and reform of asset forfeiture laws. They also have reformed state and federal laws involving drug sentencing, access to sterile syringes to reduce HIV/AIDS, access to drug treatment, prevention of overdose fatalities.

** Enter the campus through the new LMU Drive, off Lincoln Blvd, one block south of Jefferson Blvd (about 1 mile north of LAX). Enter the Drollinger Parking Structure to the right (or park according to gate guard instructions). Walk to the Hilton Center for Business which is north from the Drollinger Parking Structure.

For More Information contact: Armando Gudiño 562.413.9003