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The Secret Trial 5

This project's funding stage has expired.

YES! You can still Ignite The Secret Trial 5!

Thank you to everyone who helped us reach our goal, but there’s time to become a part of this film! We will continue taking contributions and building our community until the very end of the campaign. Every little bit helps with our post-production costs, and every penny raised will go towards making this a better film. Thank you, and we look forward to sharing the last leg of this journey with all of you!

- Amar and Noah

Many Canadians view the so-called War on Terror as something distant, something far away. The reality is, it has struck much closer to home than most of us realize. There are men, women and families right here in Canada that have been caught in its web. Our film is about five such individuals, and five such families.

The subjects of our film are known as The Secret Trial 5. They are called that because after spending nearly 30 years combined in Canadian prisons, and enduring the strictest house arrest conditions in Canadian history, none of them has been charged with a crime or given access to all the “evidence” against them. Our focus is on the human impact of these cases. Our goal is to tell a powerful human story that helps shed light on a deeply important issue.

We began working on this film in the fall of 2009, and over the last three years have shot over 75 hours of footage in several cities across Ontario and Quebec. We have spent a great deal of time with our subjects, and are dedicated to telling their stories in a thoughtful and conscientious way. And now, as we enter the home stretch of our film, we turn to YOU to help us finish this incredible journey.

We are humbled to be selected for Doc Ignite, which has come along at the perfect moment. We are entering post-production, and your contribution will help us cross the finish line later this year. Our goal is to raise $15,000 to help pay for a full-time editor, archival footage, and other costs associated with finishing the film. This has been a long road, but we finally see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Lastly, we understand that this may be a controversial topic for some, but we can all agree that incarceration without charge for years at a time, and keeping evidence secret is deeply problematic. By contributing to this film you are voting to know more about these people, and helping to start a conversation about this important issue. We are confident we will make an intimate and honest film, and would love for YOU to be a part of it.

Thank you,

Amar Wala & Noah Bingham

 
THIS IS AN ARCHIVE PROJECT

FRIEND : $25

  • A credit on our website’s supporter wall
  • Custom Secret Trial 5 buttons to share your support to the world
  • A DVD of Amar’s short film “The Good Son”
  • A sneak peek screening of completed film at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema*

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ALLY : $50

  • A credit on our website’s supporter wall
  • Custom Secret Trial 5 buttons to share your support to the world
  • A DVD of Amar’s short film “The Good Son”
  • A “Thank you” in the film’s credits
  • A sneak peek screening of completed film at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema*
  • 2 for 1 coupon for Hot Docs film festival* (Limited to the first 100 donors)

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ADVOCATE : $100

  • A credit on our website’s supporter wall
  • Custom Secret Trial 5 buttons to share your support to the world
  • A DVD of Amar’s short film “The Good Son”
  • A “Thank you” in the film’s credits
  • A Special Edition copy of the finished film on DVD
  • Creative Input! Vote on a number of creative decisions (eg. Poster design, final title, etc.)
  • A signed copy of Michelle Shephard’s book “Decade of Fear: reporting from terrorism’s grey zone”
  • A sneak peek screening of completed film at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema*
  • Two tickets to a Doc Soup screening (Limited to the first 25 donors)*

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"OUT-OF-TOWNER" ADVOCATE PACKAGE : $100

  • (Many of our rewards are Toronto-based, if you live elsewhere, consider this option)
  • A credit on our website’s supporter wall
  • Custom Secret Trial 5 buttons to share your support to the world
  • A DVD of Amar’s short film “The Good Son”
  • A “Thank you” in the film’s credits
  • A Special Edition copy of the finished film on DVD
  • Creative Input! Vote on a number of creative decisions (eg. Poster design, final title, etc.)
  • A signed copy of Michelle Shephard’s book “Decade of Fear: reporting from terrorism’s grey zone”
  • A poster of the finished film
  • A digital download of the film’s original music
  • Hot Docs DVD collection box set (4-pack) (Limited to the first 10 donors)

Select "OUT-OF-TOWNER" ADVOCATE PACKAGE

"SPECIAL ADVOCATE" : $250

  • A credit on our website’s supporter wall
  • Custom Secret Trial 5 buttons to share your support to the world
  • A DVD of Amar’s short film “The Good Son”
  • A “Thank you” in the film’s credits
  • A Special Edition copy of the finished film on DVD
  • Creative Input! Vote on a number of creative decisions (eg. Poster design, final title, etc.)
  • A signed copy of Michelle Shephard’s book “Decade of Fear: reporting from terrorism’s grey zone”
  • A poster of the finished film
  • A digital download of the film’s original music
  • A sneak peek screening of completed film at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema*
  • Hot Docs Festival 10-Pack (Limited to the first 10 Donors)

Select "SPECIAL ADVOCATE"

CHAMPION : $500

  • A credit on our website’s supporter wall
  • Custom Secret Trial 5 buttons to share your support to the world
  • A DVD of Amar’s short film “The Good Son”
  • A “Thank you” in the film’s credits
  • A Special Edition copy of the finished film on DVD
  • Creative Input! Vote on a number of creative decisions (eg. Poster design, final title, etc.)
  • A signed copy of Michelle Shephard’s book “Decade of Fear: reporting from terrorism’s grey zone”
  • A Special Edition poster of the finished film, artist designed, hand printed on archival paper
  • A digital download of the film’s original music
  • An invitation to an intimate, private rough-cut screening*
  • An invitation to sit in on an editing session*
  • An invitation to our sound mix*
  • A sneak peek screening of completed film at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema*
  • 2 Passes to all the evening parties at 2013 Hot Docs (Limited to the first 2 donors)

Select CHAMPION

SAINT : $1000

  • A credit on our website’s supporter wall
  • Custom Secret Trial 5 buttons to share your support to the world
  • A DVD of Amar’s short film “The Good Son”
  • A “Thank you” in the film’s credits
  • A Special Edition copy of the finished film on DVD
  • Creative Input! Vote on a number of creative decisions (eg. Poster design, final title, etc.)
  • A signed copy of Michelle Shephard’s book “Decade of Fear: reporting from terrorism’s grey zone”
  • A Special Edition poster of the finished film, artist designed, hand printed on archival paper
  • A digital download of the film’s original music
  • An invitation to an intimate, private rough-cut screening*
  • An invitation to sit in on an editing session*
  • An invitation to our sound mix*
  • 2 tickets to our Toronto premiere + 1 night in a downtown Toronto hotel*
  • A sneak peek screening of completed film at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema*
  • 2 tickets to 2013 Hot Docs opening night screening and party and Hot Docs 20 Ticket Package (Limited to the first 2 donors)

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