Idaho filmmaker Greg Bayne wrapped up his Kickstarter.com campaign on Nov. 3 for “Bloodsworth — An Innocent Man.” He received received $66,373, more than the $65,000 he needed to finish the post production work on the documentary memoir about Kirk Bloodsworth, the first person in the United States to be exonerated from death row through DNA evidence.
Last week, Raymond Santana, Jr. came on as an executive producer. Santana was wrongfully convicted along with Korey Wise, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam and Antron McCray in the central park jogger case in New York City. The case that polarized New York in 1989 was the subject of "The Central Park Five,” a documentary by Ken Burns, his daughter Sarah Burns, who wrote the book, and David McMahon.
Bloodsworth’s case makes a riveting story. Kirk Noble Bloodsworth was convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of a 9-year-old girl in Maryland in 1985, a crime he did not commit. He spent nearly nine years in prison, two of those years on death row, before his conviction was overturned and he was exonerated with the help of the national Innocence Project. The Innocence Project continues to help overturn wrongful convictions nationally. Since it was founded in 1992, 314 people have been exonerated. Bayne met Bloodsworth when the exoneree was living in Boise a few years ago and has been working on the film for three years.
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Bayne is a Boise filmmaker with a proven track record. He collaborated with Boise writer J. Reuben Appelman on “Jens Pulver: Driven,” a documentary about the world champion mixed martial artist and UFC fighter’s comeback to the cage, and dramatic conspiracy thriller "Person of Interest."
Bayne has made several films in Idaho, is currently working on a web series “Zero Point,” with Christian Lybrook that is set in Idaho. He also co-founded of the True West Cinema Festival that happened in Boise from 2004 to 2009.