• Gus Roxburgh commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Crips and Bloods Made in America

    2011-02-07 19:35:44View | Delete

    Thanks Lisa and Firedoglake firepups! We appreciate the support – please check the website for more info:

    http://www.cripsandbloodsmovie.com/

  • Gus Roxburgh commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Crips and Bloods Made in America

    2011-02-07 19:25:22View | Delete

    Thanks Lisa – the opening shot is brilliant on many levels! Stace can talk more about this but the initial intention was not to go so far into the history… but then we realized without this context, it was impossible to really understand how this situation came about.

  • Gus Roxburgh commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Crips and Bloods Made in America

    2011-02-07 19:13:29View | Delete

    I’ll let Stacy address challenges in gaining access/trust, shooting and editing. Like any independent film-makers – especially documentary-makers – the challenges in getting your film “out there” once it is complete are enormous. Distribution is very tough, and like inner city development, it largely comes down to profit. You are competing with mega-budget special effects movies with mega advertising budgets so it is very tough to even get your film screened these days. Fortunately new avenues like Video On Demand make it possible to get films to an audience on different platforms but just being ‘heard’ amongst all the things competing for the same audience is very tough. Plus in tough times, people don’t necessarily want to see tough films!

  • Gus Roxburgh commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Crips and Bloods Made in America

    2011-02-07 19:03:36View | Delete

    Most of the people featured continue to work hard at gang rehab/intervention-type work. Shaka is working in schools and mentoring at risk kids, Skip is really doing some great stuff with his 2nd Call organization, Vicky and Bettye and the other mothers who appear in the film are doing amazing work – with little ‘official’ support.

  • Gus Roxburgh commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Crips and Bloods Made in America

    2011-02-07 18:56:54View | Delete

    That’s true – interestingly enough, another NBA star tried that… I don’t know too many details but Magic Johnson really DID invest in his cinemas/mall in the hood… which he subsequently sold to another group. And I think I heard recently those cinemas are in trouble. Stacy – do you know more? As Stacy says, the investment will only come when businesspeople/developers can see a profit following…

  • Gus Roxburgh commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Crips and Bloods Made in America

    2011-02-07 18:49:56View | Delete

    No disrespect, but Eli seems too busy building art galleries. No disrespect – galleries are great for a community too. But I guess an art gallery is ‘sexier’ to have your name on? Baron Davis did step up to fund and promote this film and make it possible to shine a light on issues in his own ‘hood. He did persuade around 20 friends in the NBA to fund screenings at theaters for school groups – but YES… more of these guys need to follow Baron’s lead!

  • Gus Roxburgh commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Crips and Bloods Made in America

    2011-02-07 18:43:16View | Delete

    We have an excellent educational distributor for the film called Bullfrog Films who put it into high schools and colleges. PBS INdependent Lens also did a fantastic community screening program in about 40 towns and cities across the country with Q&A’s just like this (only live).

    … and yes the trap parolees are in is tragic. Sadly programs like Home Boy Industries here in LA that employed parolees and others have been forced to close due to budget issues.

  • Gus Roxburgh commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Crips and Bloods Made in America

    2011-02-07 18:39:54View | Delete

    I think that is very true Mark – this issue has been consistently swept under the carpet. Things like the economy, housing foreclosures and health care dominate the (mostly!) bad news we hear and it was difficult to get people/politicians to focus on this issue. We often heard people say things like “I thought the gangs all went away in the 90s”.

  • Gus Roxburgh commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Crips and Bloods Made in America

    2011-02-07 18:34:01View | Delete

    So true Stacy – with the exception of guys like Baron Davis, one of our Producers and the co-funder of the film, who was fortunate enough to have basketball skills that lifted him out of South LA… many of his old friends appear in the film and were not so lucky.

  • Gus Roxburgh commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Crips and Bloods Made in America

    2011-02-07 18:30:07View | Delete

    Thanks Lisa

    Many of the groups we talked to in making the film are listed on the ‘How To Help’ section of the website, with links to their websites and contact people. Please check it out at:
    http://www.cripsandbloodsmovie.com/howtohelp.html

    There is also a good downloadable ‘Community Screening Kit’ with more information on the whole situation on the same website.

  • Gus Roxburgh commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Crips and Bloods Made in America

    2011-02-07 18:26:33View | Delete

    A lot of the groups doing amazing gang intervention group are just scraping by – literally holding cake stalls etc. to fund their work. Most of them don’t receive funding govt. funding. Many of the former gang members now doing gang intervention work are focused by necessity on their own communities – as a result, there is some lack of overall coordination and organization between the various groups.

  • Gus Roxburgh commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Crips and Bloods Made in America

    2011-02-07 18:21:42View | Delete

    Following on from Stacy, some of the work people like Hall of Fame Footballer Jim Brown and others (including many former gang members) are doing in gang intervention is more around building self-esteem and a psychological mind set to overcome the conditioning/mind set Stacy mentions above.

  • Gus Roxburgh commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Crips and Bloods Made in America

    2011-02-07 18:18:43View | Delete

    Hi from Gus just joining the conversation… apologies, just in from airport. Stacy might know more on where the money earmarked for jobs etc. after the Rodney King riots went. And yes, Mary, in some of these communities there is a staggering lack of males between late teens and late twenties as so many have been locked up, and of course there are those killed or injured in gang violence. As Stacy clearly points out in the film, this leaves a huge lack of father figures/male role models in those communities.

  • Gus Roxburgh commented on the blog post So long, and thanks for all the fish?

    2011-02-04 14:18:29View | Delete

    Hi back at you