Ira McKinley (Producer/Director) is an Air Force veteran trained as a Medical Material Handler, he started his activism early on when he participated in Act Up in Ithaca, NY, in the 1980’s. During the winters of 2007/2008 he started a Homeless Arts Showcase inspired by his fifteen years being homeless himself in Northampton’s Pulaski Park. Ira won Northampton Arts Council’s grant for an “Emerging Film Maker” (2009); as well as Producer of the Year for Northampton Community Television (2009). Ira continues his activism by engaging in food justice and independent media productions within a network of organizations and individuals seeking social justice across New York State.
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