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‘Survivor’s Guide to Prison’ Seeking Crowdfunding, Backed by Susan Sarandon

Writer-director Matthew Cooke has launched an Indiegogo campaign to complete production of the documentary “The Survivor’s Guide to Prison.”

The film is based on the lives of former inmates Bruce Lisker and Reggie Cole, both of whom were wrongly convicted.

“We have the largest prison population not because Americans are the world’s most evil, criminal people,” Cooke said on the crowdfunding site. “It’s because we have extreme drugs laws and sentence lengths, the longest lockups BEFORE trial, and an enormous number of illegal things you can do to get you in jail.”

Adrian Grenier and Susan Sarandon are exec producing. Sarandon won a best actress Oscar for her portrayal of prison reformer Sister Helen Prejean in “Dead Man Walking.”

Cooke has worked on several documentaries, including the Oscar-nominated “Deliver Us From Evil” with Amy Berg, “How to Make Money Selling Drugs” and HBO’s “Teenage Paparazzo” with Grenier.

“Radically reforming the way we see and practice criminal justice may be one of the highest moral mandates of our time,” Sarandon said. “Americans are horrified at story after story of civilians killed or arrested by a criminal system that is so unjust. And so we stand together in a truly defining moment. What will we do with this opportunity and momentum?”

The film includes interviews with Deepok Chopra, Russell Simmons, Harry Belafonte, Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine and Brandon Boyd of Incubus. The campaign has a target of $100,000 with the funds to be used for editing, sound mixing, graphics, soundtrack, final shoots, reshoots and distribution.

The campaign’s premiums include T-shirts signed by the filmmakers, two tickets to the premiere for $300 and an executive producer credit for a $50,000 donation.

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