Kickstarter: Help Fund Goldie Taylor’s Doc on Poverty & Violence-Stricken East St. Louis

The Other Side of Grace

‘The Other Side of Grace’

“The oldest man in my family is 27,” reveals MSNBC contributor, columnist and filmmaker Goldie Taylor, who is determined to be an agent of change for her hometown, East St. Louis, Illinois.

Goldie Taylor

Goldie Taylor

With her forthcoming length documentary, The Other Side of Grace, Goldie is hoping that people will see “the rise and decline of the most dangerous city in America,” and consider it a national travesty.

It’s not just Chicago that’s riddled with violence and economic plunder as a result of mid-century deindustrialization, community-disrupting freeways systems and a shameful history of racial tension, e.g. The East St. Louis riots of 1917.

“With a murder rate 17 times the national average, the tiny township’s reputation for racial unrest, violent crime and environmental degradation makes urban renewal all but impossible.”

“One does not simple live in East St. Louis, you fight to survive it,” Goldie says. The future for East St. Louis is bleak, but she believes there’s hope if only more people were aware. Had you even heard of the city until now? National Problem #1.

She and her crew have been working on The Other Side of Grace with a tight budget that includes their own funds. So she has taken to Kickstarter, where she’s raised $46,274 of her $53,000 goal.

Donations will go directly toward film crew, security, equipment rentals, travel and lodging, original scoring, news footage licensing, still photography, post production, editing, graphic and web design, film festival fees, and distribution marketing.

There are five days left to contribute at

Update 6/07/14: The campaign has exceeded its goal and reached $54,748!