The Bronx Freedom Fund pays the bail for people accused of misdemeanors who cannot afford their freedom. Who are these people? They are often the most vulnerable in our community and those with the least public voice. They are people like Ramel.
Having Ramel share his story with us was transformative – to be innocent and have your liberty denied is a national shame. His story galvanized us to make this film because his voice not only deserves to be heard, but needs to be heard. His courage, resolve and compassion is an inspiration and it’s time to shine a light on this grave injustice being visited upon far too many of our fellow citizens.
The Bronx Freedom Fund, and now the national Bail Project, is doing their part – Ramel’s story is a stirring reminder that it’s up to all of us to step up and do ours.
The Bail Project is an unprecedented national effort to combat mass incarceration by keeping tens of thousands of low-income Americans out of pretrial detention. The organization grows out of The Bronx Freedom Fund and will expand to dozens of high-need jurisdictions with the goal of reducing the unacceptable human suffering caused by unaffordable cash bail and supporting community efforts to end the racial disparities endemic to this system.
Client: The Bronx Freedom Fund Project Director: Ezra Ritchin
Production Company: Variable Director: Kevan Funk Cinematographer: Peter Hadfield Producer: Alex Friedman Executive Producer: Tyler Ginter Production Supervisor: Paige Demarco Production Coordinator: Rocco Campanelli 1st AC: Oliver Lanzenberg DIT: Jeff Levine Gaffer: Brad Burke Key Grip: Seth Dean Sound: Corey Poindexter Production Designer: Curtis Oliveira Art PA: Syd Richardson Art PA: Jack De Sousa PA: Johnny Guevara PA: Julius Moreno
Editorial: Cartel Editor: Chris Catanach Post Producer: Greer Bratschie Post Executive Producer: Lauren Bleiweiss
Color: Company 3 Colorist: Jaime O’Bradovich Color Producer: Kate Aspell
Sound Design/Mix: Matt Drake @ White Hart Post Original Score: Ben Fox
Casting: Nina Day Casting
Supporting Cast: Young Ramel: Taj Blain Ramel's Aunt: Donna Glaesner Neighborhood Kid #1 Ariana Bantoe Neighborhood Kid #2 Da'jour Jones Neighborhood Kid #3 Jacquel Gilmore