Help Release Holy Man: The USA vs. Douglas White

Every once in a while, something will reach out, grab me by the throat, and say, “Support this!” Or maybe, “Support this or acknowledge you’re not living your values.”  The independent film, Holy Man: The USA vs. Douglas White just grabbed me.

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Filmmakers Jennifer Jessum and Simon J. Joseph with Russell Means at the Red Nation Film Festival Awards Ceremony in Los Angeles
Filmmakers Jennifer Jessum and Simon J. Joseph with Russell Means at the Red Nation Film Festival Awards Ceremony in Los Angeles

“After a seven-year journey to get his story told we are almost there, but now we need your help to get this film out into the world.” Filmmaker Jennifer Jessum and Simon J. Joseph

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HOLY MAN: THE USA vs. DOUGLAS WHITE is the story of a Lakota Sioux holy man who was wrongfully convicted and spent 17 years in prison – for a crime he didn’t commit.

The film has been made, all they need are funds to finish the project. The creators of the movie are running a Kickstarter fundraising fund to obtain funds to purchase music rights and do various finishing tasks, including making DVDs.

I’ve taken the pictures and a bit of text from the Holy Man Kickstarter Page. The page has lots more information and pictures. The only have one week to complete their campaign, so if you’re moved by my words and the images here, acting sooner rather than later is a good idea.

Here’s the link to the page:

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Filmmakers Jennifer Jessum (Director/Producer) and Simon J. Joseph (Writer/Producer) with Douglas White at FMC Rochester.

Filmmakers Jennifer Jessum (Director/Producer) and Simon J. Joseph (Writer/Producer) with Douglas White at FMC Rochester.
 From Filmmakers Jennifer Jessum (Director/Producer) and Simon J. Joseph (Writer/Producer):

“When we first met Douglas White, over twenty years ago, we never thought we would be making a documentary film about him, let alone taking on the United States criminal justice system and getting his case reopened. This is a film that the federal judicial system does not want you to see!

“HOLY MAN offers a rare glimpse into the mysterious world of Lakota religion, their intimate connection to the land, and a provocative expose of the systemic injustice that Native Americans face in the criminal justice system. HOLY MAN is narrated by Martin Sheen and features Floyd Red Crow Westerman, Russell Means, Arvol Looking Horse, Dr. Fred Alan Wolf, Leonard Crow Dog, and many other Lakota elders and leaders.

“We’re launching this campaign to raise finishing funds to pay for music rights, make DVDs, and redesign our website in order to sell DVDs. Any additional funds raised will go to doing free screenings on reservations and getting copies of the film into reservation schools and libraries across the country.”

A staunch Human Rights activist - Martin Sheen generously donated his time and talent to narrate HOLY MAN: THE USA vs. DOUGLAS WHITE

A staunch Human Rights activist – Martin Sheen generously donated his time and talent to narrate HOLY MAN: THE USA vs. DOUGLAS WHITE

The film had a successful festival run including winning Best Director and Best Documentary Feature at the Red Nation Film Festival and Best Film and Best Cinematography at the Native American Film Festival of the Southeast. HOLY MAN was also an official selection of the International Documentary Association’s DOCUweeks program.

 

 

 

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