A Place to Stand follows Jimmy’s path from Estancia, New Mexico – where he lived with his indigenous grandparents – through childhood abandonment, adolescent drug dealing, a DEA bust where a federal agent was shot, and a subsequent 5-year narcotics sentence at Arizona State Prison in Florence, one of the most violent prisons in the country.
To survive the chaos and violence of prison, Jimmy explored deep within himself, discovering poetry at his soul's core. Learning to write and read poetry liberated him from the death and decay that surrounded him, healing the wounds of his childhood and opening him to a new future.
A Place to Stand is inspired by Jimmy’s memoir of the same name, which has been called “elegant and gripping” (The Los Angeles Times) and “an astonishing narrative that affirms the triumph of the human spirit” (The Arizona Daily Star). The film explores the life and mind of a man whose early life was dominated by sadness, rejection, anger and pain, a man who embraced language as a balm for his battered spirit, a man who - through the power of poetry - finally found his place to stand.
Director/Producer Daniel Glick is reaching out via Kickstarter.com to new donors to help him complete the film. Having already raised close to $20,000 towards the project's completion, they are almost halfway to their goal.