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.
Join the cause at bailproject.org.
Featuring Ramel Edwards
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
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
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