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A film about young activists who made free speech history & inspire us to take a stand

The Land of Orange Groves & Jails A Project of Documentaries

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On Saturday, September 23, 2017

every donation will make a difference - this event is a key part of raising funds for the final edit of...

"The Land Of Orange Groves & Jails"

At The Lantern House in Venice - 745 Milwood, 90291 - 6:30-9:30 PM

View clips from the film - Hosted bar – Music by Dwight Trible - Food by Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows, Co+oportunity Market & Deli, Back On Broadway, Trader Joes, Daryl's Chocolate Chip Cookies and Baked Goods, Casablanca, and others – LA history photo booth - great company - surprises....

ABOUT THE DOCUMENTARY: Free speech history unfolds in The Land of Orange Groves & Jails when I finally get my great-aunt Yetta to tell me her tale of teenage activism during Los Angeles' 1920s free speech and labor battles. Her arrest for flying a red flag at a summer camp in 1929 resulted in a ten year prison sentence – and her appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court resulted in the Court's first affirmation of free speech rights, Stromberg v California - laying important groundwork for our right to protest and dissent. This is a "David and Goliath" story of my aunt and her friends, teenagers from immigrant families, who stood up for their beliefs and inadvertently helped change the course of 1st Amendment history. At the beginning of our journey Yetta thinks her past isn't important – but by the end of the film we both see how Yetta's story set a powerful example for current activism. The title is taken from a story Upton Sinclair wrote about Yetta's strange trial.

This challenge to raise $20,000 runs from August 26 - September 26

And More

$25: Suggested minimum lower-income donation to attend the party

** $50: Suggested minimum donation to attend the party

$100: Party and a digital download of the completed film (estimated date of delivery fall 2018)

$250: Party, a DVD of completed film, and DVDs donated to two public libraries of your choice (estimated date of delivery fall 2018)

$300: Party, a DVD of completed film, and your singing voice (or a friend's) added to the "birthday song" in the film soundtrack early in 2018 (estimated date of delivery fall 2018)

$500: Party admission for two, a DVD, and two tickets to the film premiere (travel not included - estimated date, fall 2018)

$1000: Party for two, DVD, and a visit to the edit room to view work in progress (date TBD by donor and Judy, estimated winter 2017-2018)

$2000: Party for two, DVD, and …..A daylong tour for 6 to the site of the camp and related historic sites along the way (includes lunch; date TBD by donor and Judy) – 2 available

$10,000: Party, DVD, and… a "Producer" credit

If you would rather pay by check, please make a check out to "From The Heart Productions," write "Orange Groves & Jails film" on the check memo line, and mail it to: Judy Branfman, PO Box 5351, Santa Monica CA 90409 (or bring it to the party!)

Hosts: Scott Mayers, Linda Lucks, Cynthia Anderson Barker & Tim Barker, Lee Boek, Jerolyn Crute & David Sackman, Antonia Darder, Jan Goodman & Jerry Manpearl, Marie Kennedy & Chris Tilly, Susan Millman & Steve Clare, Sandy & David Moring, Holly Mosher & Ravi Shah, and Donna Schuele.



The Lantern House

Here are some responses to test screenings:
From college students:

"I find it remarkable how Yetta saw her efforts as nothing more than what she had to do. Her story helps put things back in perspective for me and makes me wonder what I can do to improve society."

"The courage of these women and men is really something to look at!"

"My first response is WOW! Young activists had such a selfless view. It is very very important and inspiring."

From a professor:
"People talked about your film for months afterwards! One student was so moved that she began rethinking the prejudices of her family toward the past--and present!"

Test Screening at Occupy Los Angeles

About Judy: A first-time filmmaker, Producer/Director Judy Branfman has a broad background in the arts, including working on large character-based mixed-media installation projects about LA's garment workers and labor history, and Boston's history of community development activism – and tapestries for public and private settings. For over 25 years Judy has done arts, educational, planning, and outreach projects with non-profits, unions, and municipalities on gender, labor, immigrant-rights, and other issues. She has taught labor and social justice-related courses at UCLA, produced large community-based events focusing on LA's multi-ethnic and labor history, and loves exploring the SoCal desert.

WEBSITE: www.orangegrovesandjailsfilm.com

Questions? Email Judy - orangegrovesandjailsfilm at gmail.com

$6,046 Raised
30% towards $20,000 Goal

Supported by 55 Donations:

  • Karin P.
    I Gave $50
  • Dana R.
  • Namhee L.
    I Gave $50
  • Silhouette
    I Gave $100
  • Silhouette
  • jean k.
    I Gave $50
    I appreciate Judy's determination passion. These stories need to be told today!
  • moe s.
    I Gave $25
  • Roberta C.
    I Gave $50
    Judy, Wishing you all the stamina, inspiration and determination needed to reach your goal. The world is waiting and needs your film. Bon Courage!
  • brian m.
    I Gave $25
    Can't wait to see and hear this amazing story!
  • Maria A.
    I Gave $25
    Congrats! See you at event!
  • Martha W.
    I Gave $75
    All the best to finish this important film Forward!
  • liza n.
    I Gave $25
    I love this story!
  • Katherine K.
    I Gave $50
    Stories of young activists give me hope. I may be able to bring a young person whom I hope will become an activist.
  • Silhouette
    I Gave $50
  • Judith & Arthur V.
    I Gave $50
    I can't wait to see your film. All best wishes for the final post production push. See you at the party!
  • Kurt P.
    I Gave $50
  • Sofia B.
    I Gave $25
    Looking forward to learning more! Thank you Judy!
  • Marguerite W.
    I Gave $100
    This film becomes ever more timely! My students and I have been so inspired by the in-progress versions you've generously shown us.
  • Debra K.
    I Gave $100
    Go, Judy!
  • Silhouette
    I Gave $100
    Thank you for your relentless work in sharing this important story.
  • Chelo A.
    I Gave $50
    Judy, thank you for inspiring us all to take a stand and advocate for free speech and equal rights for the workers.
  • Donna  M.
    this is amazing, so sorry we are up north for your party!
  • Florence L.
    I Gave $100
  • Steven N.
    I Gave $100
  • Jamie Z.
    Best of luck on finalizing your anxiously awaited film! Wish I could do more of course...
  • Bob G.
    I Gave $25
  • Ferne H.
    I Gave $100
    Sorry not to be at the event! Many good wishes for your final edit.
  • Maureen C.
    I Gave $100
  • Lyn G.
    I Gave $50
    Can't wait to see the film!! It's so important to preserve and share our struggles for social justice and free speech!
  • Sherna G.
    The film for which we've been waiting with baited breath! Glad it's almost here. Mazel tov/Mabrouk Sherna