DAILY NEWS Jan 16, 2013 9:09 AM - 0 comments

Crowd Funding Platform Offers Sneak Peak of Secret Trial

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With over 75 hours of material ‘in the can’, two independent Canadian documentary-makers are firing up an online crowd-funding platform to complete their look at Canada’s War on Terror.

Produced and directed by Amar Wala, and produced by Noah Bingham, The Secret Trial 5 is aiming to raise $15,000 in production funds over the next 35 days. The filmmakers offer supporters unique behind-the-scenes looks at the doc, and they are offering supporters special incentives in exchange for financial pledges.

Through the Hot Docs Doc Ignite crowd-funding service, anyone interested in supporting The Secret Trial 5 can learn about the project and follow its progress through frequent blog and streaming video posts. Followers can also pledge support in exchange for incentives that range from creative input for the film’s promotional materials to tickets to its Toronto premiere.

At work for more than three years on the subject, the filmmakers need additional funds to cover post-production, archival sourcing, and on-going documentation of the story and those involved.

The Secret Trial 5 looks at five families whose lives have been transformed by Canada’s use of security certificates, producers describe, which allows the government to indefinitely detain individuals without charge, as well as permits secret evidence, that neither the accused nor their lawyers can access. Over the last decade, five men have been held under these security certificates, and each has spent between two and seven years in prison. To date, none have been charged with a crime.

 “Doc Ignite chose The Secret Trial 5 because we believe in the filmmaking team, and we are impressed with the progress and impact they have already made with their project,” said Elizabeth Radshaw, industry programs director for Hot Docs. “We feel the story of The Secret Trial 5 is one that all Canadians should hear.”

Pledges can be made online through Doc Ignite. Social media networks are also being used to promote awareness of the film and the funding project.

Doc Ignite was made possible by the support of the Ontario Media Development Corporation, Telefilm Canada, the City of Toronto, and the Toronto Community Foundation. It also receives funding support from Open Roof Films, and the Open Roof Film Festival

Hot Docs, North America’s largest documentary festival, industry conference and media market, will present its 20th annual edition from April 25 – May 5, 2013.

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