It was only a couple weeks ago I was asking you to help out with a crowd funder yet here I am back again to do the same, this one’s a little different though! Of course I am excited to be part of this team as a make-up artist for the short film, but even more so I am excited about being part of its message.
Did you know that every year 310,000 children have a parent in prision in England and Wales and that 10,000 visits are made by children to our public prisons every week? In ‘I am Still Ethan‘ focus is drawn to the life of a young boy whose father, his idol, is suddenly taken to prison. The film follows the loss, discrimination and isolation Ethan and his mother face as a consequence of this and it’s an all too real story that is genuinely happening regularly to children in our country. They are the forgotten victims of the criminal justice system.
In order to break down the taboo around the imprisonment and open up the conversation on what we can do, the team behind this film hope to use it as a tool to inspire and educate its audience. We must find a way to create better support systems to the families left behind, especially the children.
A striking 65% of sons of prisoners end up in the criminal justice system themselves. This is a cyclical problem we should no longer ignore, a problem that needs addressing at its root.
This is the ideal place to start on the campaign to fix the injustice of this flawed system and writter Phoebe Lorenz has a great team on board to get the message across. With the likes of producer Amelia O’Loughlin, director Oliver William Smith and cinematographer James Alexander working together with charities who dedicate their time to supporting those affected, it’s sure to be a thought provoking and beautifully put together film.
Here’s where you come in again, to bring Ethan’s story to life and spread this message we need your help to raise £10,000 to continue to use the power of film to bring light into peoples lives amidst this terrible Covid crisis. Whether it’s just £2 or £200 everything will go straight toward the making of ‘I am Still Ethan’ and you can become apart of fixing this broken system that is putting our nations children in harms way.