The Pushouts has received support from Sundance's Stories of Change and will be attending their one week impact lab. The mission of Stories of Change is to connect and engage independent storytellers with renowned social entrepreneurs to foster the enhancement of story skills and networking among these communities, and to support the creation of compelling films about solutions to urgent social issues that enlighten and inspire audiences.
The director of "The Pushouts," Katie Galloway was nominated for the News and Documentary Emmy Awards for a companion piece to "The Pushouts" - "The Return". The film examines the journey of "lifers" released from California prison system after the abolishment of the Three Strikes Law -- the prisoners suddenly freed, families turned upside down, reentry providers helping navigate complex transitions, and attorneys and judges wrestling with an untested law.
The Pushouts' director Katie Galloway launches VIEWFINDER, short form documentary series offering fresh perspectives on criminal justice issues. The new series by The Marshall Project highlights experiences of individuals affected by the prison system. The first short in the series, "HOT CHICKEN, FAIR CHANCE," focuses on Hot Chicken Takeover, an Ohio-based friend chicken restaurant that hires those affected by an incarceration history. The film highlights the need to give the formerly incarcerated a fair chance and illuminates how and why that policy is not, as Deloss says, "a warm, fuzzy policy but a business strategy." The piece focuses on the other end of the SCHOOL-TO-PRISON PIPELINE, from THE RETURN - featuring those being released from prison who, in balance, struggle mightily to find work.
This project could have not seen daylight without the support of Genevieve Martin & Dave's Killer Bread Foundation, who helped hatch the idea; The Marshall Project & USA TODAY who provided the platform to take this story nationwide; The Fledgling Fund which has stood with The Return Project us as partners and supporters for years; and many thanks to cut50's Alex Gudich, Bilal Kevin Chatman, The Last Mile, Josh from Virgin, Jena Wuu and Uber. Of course the piece wouldn't have happened without the patience and talents of Joe DeLoss, Shannon Wilson, Joseph Greene, Mariana Price, Kadri Koop, Lauren Knapp and Jonathan Zalben. Thank you!
Read there entire article and watch the film HERE!
We had the thrill and honor to be part of Good Pitch forum in Miami, FL. The support and interest we encountered was overwhelming and we're still speechless thinking about it. Thank you Britdoc, JustFilm, Ford Foundation, Perspective Fund, ACLU of Florida, SPLC, YouthBuild USA, Soros Fellowship and Sundace for believing in the importance of public education and us!
We're excited to be pitching THE PUSHOUTS in Miami this coming week. The event brings together documentary filmmakers with foundations, NGOs, campaigners, philanthropists, policymakers, brands and media around leading social and environmental issues - to forge coalitions and campaigns that are good for all these partners, good for the films and good for society. To learn more, please check out our page here: https://goodpitch.org/films/the-pushouts