By Hanna Claeson The New York Times says that “survivors [of the factory collapse] described a sensation akin to being in an earthquake: hearing a loud and terrifying cracking sound; feeling the concrete factory floor roll beneath their feet; and…
The DVDs came yesterday and we shipped them out today! If you donated at the 20 dollars level through kick-starter expect your disks early next week!
Some bonus content from the making of Tejid@s Junt@s
Tejid@s Junt@s just released on VODO!
Vodo.net is an amazing site that helps indy filmmakers distribute via BitTorrent a decentralized (Peer-to-Peer) file sharing technology. People who download the film via Torrent become “Seeders” which share the film with the next people to come along. It’s like a giant game of telephone, except the message is never degraded! Start seeding Tejid@s Junt@s today, click over to Vodo to download!
Proof from the printer. The disks are being replicated and imprinted in full color as I type. The other packaging will be a CD-sized digipak. Very excited for this! Kickstarter backers can expect shipment the week of Aug 23rd!
In 2007, it looked as though a fledgling labor movement in the Dominican Republic was dead. After workers at the BJ&B clothing factory won the strongest labor contract of any Free Trade Zone in the region, and had enjoyed six years of improved wages and working conditions, BJ&B announced that it was closing its doors.
Nike, Reebok, and other companies had decided to stop production of their clothing at BJ&B…
Just ordered the discs after a small delay. Kickstarter backers can expect delivery the week of August 23rd. Woot!
Film now on Archive.org
visit the film’s page on Arhcive.org to download varying file-size versions of the film.
The film in its entirety is also now available on youtube. Check it out if that’s your preferred streaming video site.
Welcome to the fancy new tumblr theme! We are gearing up to release the movie publicly and wanted to make sure the website was all it could be in time for the big day. Oh by the way, that big day is thursday!
Oh, it’s soooo on.
For Immediate Release
June 27th, 2012, Northampton Massachusetts
Tejid@s Junt@s/Stitched Together: Workers, Students, and the Movement for Altagracia launches Kickstarter Campaign
Independently directed and produced, Tejid@s Junt@s, is almost complete and appealing to the crowd for the final funds needed to get the film out the door and printed to discs. Through Kickstarter.com supporters can fund the project, receiving special gifts in thanks for their contribution to this exciting and important project. The campaign is running from June 27th through July 12t h; if the project reached its funding goal the movie will be released soon after.
“Tejid@s Junt@s / Stitched Together: Workers, Students, and the Movement for Altagracia” (Will Delphia 2012) is an important and highly anticipated film nearing release, currently open to crowd-sourced funding through Kickstarter.com. Alta Gracia is a unique factory in the Dominican Republic where workers participate in a strong and independent Union, receive a living wage of more than three times the local minimum wage, and are afforded dignity and respect on the job. These workers cut and sew fabric into Tee Shirts, Hoodies, and other apparel destined for University and College bookstores bearing school names and logos. Alta Gracia is a fair alternative to the all too-common unsafe working conditions, poverty wages, and strict, repressive work environments at other factories.
The story of Alta Gracia is that of a hard-won victory. The brick-and-mortar factory and many of the workers at Alta Gracia were once a part of another firm called BJ&B that produced clothing for Nike™ and other brands under appalling conditions. Workers fought a long battle to win a collective bargaining agreement with the factory owners at BJ&B only to be faced with mass layoffs and eventually a factory closure. The film explains how workers, conscientious investors, and student activists collaborated to bring life to this new and important project.
Alta Gracia bears the name of the town in which the factory sits, and the name of this film plays at the myriad ways that our communities here in the United States are interwoven with communities abroad; this film looks at the specific ways that American college students are connected to garment workers the world over and how finding and exposing those connections can bring about positive change in the lives of people everywhere.
Will Delphia, an independent documentary filmmaker, is a graduate of Hampshire College where he studied film and video, and is currently based in Northampton, Massachusetts.
So I found this image in my tumblr feed. Those of you who have seen the film will understand why this is germane.
Meanwhile, film update. I am working on the final credits for the DVD and online release of the film! This is hitting so soon!