‘The Last Prisoner’ Film Director Asking for Funds

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Clandestino Films launched and Indiegogo campaign to raises fund in order to continue production on the feature-length, documentary film The Last Prisoner. The campaign will run through April 19. Funds raised through the campaign will be used to produce a full cut of the film. This is the second feature-length documentary by the Chicago filmmaking group. Their last film Immigrant Nation! won numerous awards at film festivals and aired nationally on PBS.

The Last Prisoner is a documentary that tells the story of the campaign to free Oscar López Rivera, the longest held Puerto Rican political prisoner. A decorated Vietnam veteran, and former community activist in Chicago, López Rivera also fought for Puerto Rico’s independence and, as a result, has been incarcerated for nearly 33 years for seditious conspiracy.

The film’s director, Esaú Meléndez says, “The time to tell this story is now. This film can be a tool to help educate people about some history of the Puerto Rican people, Chicago’s Latino community and Oscar’s story in particular. We rarely see these stories.”

For more information contact, Esaú Meléndez at (773) 510-5001 or email him at esumch@gmail.com for more detailed information or visit the campaign website: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-last-prisoner/x/2476

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