"The Price of Providence"

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Raised by 65 people in 32 months
Hi Everyone,

I am working on a documentary film project that is very special to me, and I hope you guys can contribute and get the word out so that this thing becomes a reality.

Imagine this: You are convicted for a crime you did not commit. You serve 10 years in prison before finally regaining your freedom. You sue the city for compensation for that injustice, and the courts conclude that you are entitled to $5 million. Just as you are about to get that money though, the city files for bankruptcy, and suddenly, you're left with nothing.

That nightmare is reality for Dwayne Provience, an incredible Detroit man about whom I am making a documentary film.



I work in the Michigan Innocence Clinic at the University of Michigan Law School. We are attorneys and law students who help innocent people who have been wrongfully convicted of crimes they did not commit, as they work to regain their freedom. You can read more about the Clinic's work at its website and Facebook page. My official bio and contact information can be found here.

Dwayne was one of the first people our Clinic exonerated. His story is quite epic, from beginning to end.

Dwayne was arrested, charged and convicted of a murder in Detroit in 2001. He was finally released and exonerated in 2010, with the help of the Michigan Innocence Clinic. The case was groundbreaking for our nascent innocence clinic, which was the first exclusively non-DNA innocence clinic in the country. It proved what the MIC's co-founders, Bridget McCormack and David Moran, had said when they started this clinic: A non-DNA innocence clinic is absolutely essential to help undo massive injustices that occur in criminal cases where there is no DNA evidence to test.


(Photo Credit: Leisa Thompson Photography)

Dwayne's case turned out to be a perfect prototype by which to demonstrate all that goes wrong in our justice system and highlight the need to correct it. It involves a whole host of factors that we know to be key players in wrongful convictions: Lying witnesses, a bad defense attorney, police and prosecutorial misconduct, etc. University of Michigan Law students Latoya Antonio, Judd Grutman, Maria Jhai, Nick Cheolas, Brett DeGroff and Robyn Goldberg were all instrumental in helping to uncover the misconduct that occurred in Dwayne's case, and ultimately to helping him regain his freedom. (To read more on Dwayne's case, check out this great article.)

But above all, this case involves a man unlike any other. Unfortunately Dwayne is not alone in being wrongfully convicted. What makes his story special is his unbelievably positive personality, and his will to overcome even the most daunting and unfair obstacles. Dwayne's perseverance through the hard times, his constant faith and hope, and his ultimate resurgence are truly inspirational. He has rebuilt his life, bettered himself through training and education, and somehow regained a sense of peace and normalcy "” all in what has to be record time.



I undertook this documentary project to tell the story of this amazing man, in addition to raising awareness of the egregious misconduct that causes wrongful convictions like Dwayne's. We started filming in October and the production process will continue for a few more months. There are of course considerable equipment and labor costs involved in all stages of the production process. Though I am working with as tight a budget as possible, this project simply cannot be completed without funding assistance.

I hope you can help me make this project a reality. Please consider making a donation, and forwarding this campaign to others as well.



Thank you, and please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Imran
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Update 12
8 months ago
Our film had a great run at the Great Lakes Film Festival. I am very pleased to announce that the film won the Audience Choice Award at the festival. See attached photo. Thank you to everyone who supported us!
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Update 11
9 months ago
Hi all,

You can now view the documentary online during its two week run at the Great Lakes International Film Festival! To watch the film, go to https://indiflixx.com/videos/the-price-of-providence/ and scroll down to find the "Watch Now" link.

There is a $2 "ticket" fee charged to watch the film. The money is charged by the film festival, and not by me. I hope you all get a chance to check out the film. If you do, please also vote for it in the Audience Choice Awards.
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Update 10
10 months ago
Hello everyone,

It's been a long time since I last posted, but I have a very exciting update for everyone.

The film is set to officially premiere later this month at the Great Lakes International Film Festival! The great thing about that is, everyone in any corner of the globe can watch the film online during its festival run (Sept. 29- Oct. 11). I hope you will all watch it, and invite your friends and family to do so as well. If you do watch it, please do give positive feedback, as those votes count toward the audience choice award. You can get full details on the festival here: http://greatlakesfilmfest.com/

Thanks again for your support everyone, and please do watch the film online, if you can.

Imran
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Update 9
22 months ago
The film has an official title! It will be called "The Price of Providence."

Stay tuned for more updates soon!



Hi Everyone,

I am working on a documentary film project that is very special to me, and I hope you guys can contribute and get the word out so that this thing becomes a reality.

Imagine this: You are convicted for a crime you did not commit. You serve 10 years in prison before finally regaining your freedom. You sue the city for compensation for that injustice, and the courts conclude that you are entitled to $5 million. Just as you are about to get that money though, the city files for bankruptcy, and suddenly, you're left with nothing.

That nightmare is reality for Dwayne Provience, an incredible Detroit man about whom I am making a documentary film.

I work in the Michigan Innocence Clinic at the University of Michigan Law School. We are attorneys and law students who help innocent people who have been wrongfully convicted of crimes they did not commit, as they work to regain their freedom. You can read more about the Clinic's work at its website and Facebook page. My official bio and contact information can be found here.

Dwayne was one of the first people our Clinic exonerated. His story is quite epic, from beginning to end.

Dwayne was arrested, charged and convicted of a murder in Detroit in 2001. He was finally released and exonerated in 2010, with the help of the Michigan Innocence Clinic. The case was groundbreaking for our nascent innocence clinic, which was the first exclusively non-DNA innocence clinic in the country. It proved what the MIC's co-founders, Bridget McCormack and David Moran, had said when they started this clinic: A non-DNA innocence clinic is absolutely essential to help undo massive injustices that occur in criminal cases where there is no DNA evidence to test.

Dwayne's case turned out to be a perfect prototype by which to demonstrate all that goes wrong in our justice system and highlight the need to correct it. It involves a whole host of factors that we know to be key players in wrongful convictions: Lying witnesses, a bad defense attorney, police and prosecutorial misconduct, etc. University of Michigan Law students Latoya Antonio, Judd Grutman, Maria Jhai, Nick Cheolas, Brett DeGroff and Robyn Goldberg were all instrumental in helping to uncover the misconduct that occurred in Dwayne's case, and ultimately to helping him regain his freedom.

But above all, this case involves a man unlike any other. Unfortunately Dwayne is not alone in being wrongfully convicted. What makes his story special is his unbelievably positive personality, and his will to overcome even the most daunting and unfair obstacles. Dwayne's perseverance through the hard times, his constant faith and hope, and his ultimate resurgence are truly inspirational. He has rebuilt his life, bettered himself through training and education, and somehow regained a sense of peace and normalcy, all in what has to be record time.

I undertook this documentary project to tell the story of this amazing man, in addition to raising awareness of the egregious misconduct that causes wrongful convictions like Dwayne's. We started filming in October and the production process will continue for a few more months. There are of course considerable equipment and labor costs involved in all stages of the production process. Though I am working with as tight a budget as possible, this project simply cannot be completed without funding assistance.

I hope you can help me make this project a reality. Please consider making a donation, and forwarding this campaign to others as well.

Thank you, and please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Imran
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$8,199 of $25k goal

Raised by 65 people in 32 months
Created December 8, 2013
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Kathy Larsen
5 months ago

Imran, I've just watched your beautiful film, with some tears and a great many thanks for you and the clinic. Mr. Provience will continue to be in my thoughts.

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Steven Croley
21 months ago

Keep up this important work.

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Steven Croley
21 months ago
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Ben Vine
24 months ago

It was an honor and a pleasure to meet you and to participate in this project, Imran. Much success, and best wishes to Mr. Provience.

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