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The Exile Nation Project: An Oral History of the War on Drugs & the American Criminal Justice System (W. Hollywood Screening)

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Friday, April 1, 2011 at 7:00 PM (PDT)

The Exile Nation Project: An Oral History of the War...

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openDemocracy & The Tedworth Charitable Trust

...in association with Exile Nation Media...


The Exile Nation Project:

An Oral History of the War on Drugs & the American Criminal Justice System

a film by Charles Shaw

Please join us at the Crescent Heights United Methodist Church for the Hollywood Premiere of The Exile Nation Project.  There will be a reception preceding the screening and Q & A to follow with the Director and several members of the cast including Mark Kleiman, UCLA Professor of Public Policy, Judge James P. Gray (Ret.), Lynette Shaw, owner of the oldest medical cannabis dispensary in California, Scott Imler, co-author of Proposition 215, and former prisoner turned activist, Steve Costello.
Friday, April 1, 2011
7pm doors, 8pm screening
Crescent Heights United Methodist
1296 N. Fairfax Ave
W. Hollywood, CA 90046



Attendees Parking:
        A) Parking available on Fountain (read signs if parking on streets other than Fountain)
        B) Suggested parking: paid parking lots available within walking distance: 
            1114 N. Orange Grove  &  8200 Santa Monica  

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A limited number of tickets will be available at the door on a first-come, first-served basis, but seating is limited, so advance purchase is recommended:

Suggested Donation: $30 - $10 (sliding scale; no one turned away for lack of funds)

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About the project:

The Land of the Free punishes or imprisons more of its citizens than any other nation. This collection of testimonials from criminal offenders, family members, and experts on America’s criminal justice system puts a human face on the millions of Americans subjugated by the US Government's 40 year, one trillion dollar social catastrophe: The War on Drugs; a failed policy underscored by fear, politics, racial prejudice and intolerance in a public atmosphere of "out of sight, out of mind."

The United States has only 5% of the world's population, yet a full 25% of the world's prisoners. At 2.5 million, the US has more prisoners than even China does with five times the population of the United States. 8 million Americans (1 in every 31) languish under some form of state monitoring known as "correctional supervision." On top of that, the security and livelihood of over 13 million more has been forever altered by a felony conviction. 

The American use of punishment is so pervasive, and so disproportionate, that even the conservative magazine The Economist declared in 2010, "Never in the civilized world have so many been locked up for so little."

The project will unfold over a two year period, beginning with the release of this feature-length documentary and then continuing on with the release of short films and complete interviews from each of the 100 participants in the project, meant to represent the 1 in 100 Americans that are currently sitting behind bars. 

To further support The Exile Nation Project, please make a donation to our Kickstarter campaign:  http://kck.st/dVKDLD  Every little bit helps get the word out to more people.

The Exile Nation Project is not just one film - it’s an online archive of interviews, short films, and other features that will grow over the next two years. Our generous foundation grant got us off the ground and helped us make the first film, but we need to raise $7,000 by the end of May to meet our goal for Phase 2 of this project.

The funds we raise will help us hold screenings in cities across the U.S. this year, as well as allow us to continue the process of collecting the testimonies that are the heart and soul of this project.

When the stories hit home, people get involved, and policy can finally begin to change. It is our greatest hope that once these voices find a broader audience, people of the US will feel compelled to pressure the government to change these unfair policies and end the era of prohibition and mass incarceration.

The Exile Nation Project is made possible by a generous grant from the Tedworth Charitable Trust and openDemocracy, in association with Exile Nation Media. All content is non-commercial and available for free distribution under a Creative Commons license.

BONUS FEATURE: "Friday the 13th", a poem written and recited by poet John Sinclair, follows the credits. 

Written, Produced and Directed by Charles Shaw

Director of Photography - Charles Shaw

Edited by Charles Shaw & Dustin Edwards

Motion Graphics - Dustin Edwards, Brodie Sullivan

Music by Random Rab, Junior Boys, Cloud Cult, Four Tet, The War on Drugs, SearchLite.

Production Assistants - Erin Shaw, Michael Garfield, Baza Novic

Technical Advisor - Taylor Cahill


Christian Parenti

Eric Sterling

Mark Kleiman, Ph.D

Sanho Tree

Judge James P. Gray

Ethan Nadelmann

Anthony Papa

John Sinclair

Nora Callahan

Chuck Armsbury

Amy Povah Ralston

Lynette Shaw

Scott Imler

Kyle Kazan

Julie Holland, M.D.

Robert Manor

Aaron Blackledge, M.D.

Randolph Hencken

Stephen Dubov

Chris Bava

Steve Costello

Dorothy Johnson-Speight

Ryan Keesling

Alexis Wilson Briggs

Malakkar Vohryzek

AJ Lovewins

Debi Campbell

Julie Falco

Allison Moore

Jean Marlowe

Rebecca Forbes

Stephani Conyers

Dimitri Mobengo Mugianis

Audra DeLuca

Nicole Benisch

Anthony Reed


About the Director:

Charles Shaw is an award-winning journalist, author of the critically-acclaimed memoir, Exile Nation: Drugs, Prisons, Politics & Spirituality, and Director of the documentary film, The Exile Nation Project: An Oral History of the War on Drugs & the American Criminal Justice System.

Charles serves as Editor for the openDemocracy Drug Policy Forum and the Dictionary of Ethical Politics, both collaborative projects of Resurgence, openDemocracy, and the Tedworth Charitable Trust.

Charles' work has appeared in Alternet, Alternative Press Review, Conscious Choice, Common Ground, Grist, Guardian UK, Huffington Post, In These Times, Newtopia, The New York Times, openDemocracy, Planetizen, Punk Planet, Reality Sandwich, San Diego Uptown News, Scoop, Shift, Truthout, The Witness, YES!, and Znet. He was a Contributing Author to the 2008 Shift Report from the Institute for Noetic Sciences, and in Planetizen's Contemporary Debates in Urban Planning (2007, Island Press). In 2009 he was recognized by the San Diego Press Club for excellence in journalism.













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When & Where

Crescent Heights United Methodist Church
7866 Fountain Ave
West Hollywood, CA 90046

Friday, April 1, 2011 at 7:00 PM (PDT)

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