In the midst of the recent student sit-in at Colgate, SOAN had the pleasure of hosting the award winning filmmakers Ira McKinnley and Bhawin Suchak to preview their soon to be released documentary, “The Throwaways.” It is a timely film given the recent issues in Ferguson, MO, covering the experiences of New York state native Ira McKinley, a chronically homeless African American male. It offers a first hand look at the forces of urban poverty and police brutality that plague minority communities in Albany, NY.
News outlet Democracy Now! recently aired an extended interview with the filmmakers, featuring many clips from the film. In addition, the filmmakers have made other material available online. Ira McKinley’s YouTube page and Bhawin Suchak’s Vimeo’s page host footage shot for the film as well as other pieces of interest, including their coverage of the recent Occupy movement.
You may also be interested in the Youth FX page, a summer film school for Albany, NY youths run by Bhawin. Their Vimeo page includes a collection of short films made by students of the program.
-submitted by Professor Joe Gibbons