"THE THROWAWAYS courageously explores the most pressing racial justice issue of our time: the mass incarceration and profiling of poor people color."  - Michelle Alexander, Author, "The New Jim Crow"

“Amidst national outrage over police brutality across the country, THE THROWAWAYS documents police shootings and the consequences of mass incarceration in upstate New York. THE THROWAWAYS focuses on the idea that certain lives in our society are considered disposable.” - Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!


THE THROWAWAYS is a personal exploration of the devastating impact of police brutality and mass incarceration on the black community told through the eyes of formerly incarcerated community activist Ira Mckinley. With a raw and powerful urgency, the film speaks directly to the national movement that is rising up and fighting back against a wave of police killings of black people in America.

THE THROWAWAYS, winner of Best Documentary Award at the Long Beach Indie Film Festival and the New York Hi-Light Award at the Harlem International Film Festival, is the story of homeless lmmaker and ex-felon, Ira McKinley, documenting his struggle to bring positive changes to his community in inner-city Albany, NY. As he strives to get his voice heard and capture the stories of people living on the margins, Mckinley confronts the unavoidable stories of his past and battles against the stigma of being formerly incarcerated. Guided by this personal narrative of survival, The Throwaways is a timely and provocative look at the impact of mass incarceration and police brutality on black males in America. More than an illumination of marginalized people at their weakest moments; this lm is a call to action, a story of directly engaging in the fight for justice.