|NO HUMAN INVOLVED|
|Crew: ||Producer: PJ Starr - Editing: M.Trevino, PJ Starr - Contributing Producer: M.Trevino - Music by: Maxim Moston Audio Post-Production: David Wilson|
In 2009 after she was sentenced to more than two years imprisonment for prostitution, Marcia Powell was locked in a metal cage in the desert sun at an Arizona prison. Four hours later she collapsed in the 107 degree heat, and by day's end she was dead. Even though an internal investigation by the Department of Corrections revealed that guards had denied her water and ridiculed her when she pleaded for help, no one was ever charged. This film investigates the circumstances of Marcia's death, exposing the system that has lead to the death of scores of other sex workers and LGBT people in facilities across Arizona, and documents a movement that has formed seeking justice in her name. Marcia's story motivates audiences to question the system that justified her incarceration, as viewers empathize with her humanity realizing that what happened to her, can and will happen to so many more people.
PJ Starr is an Australian filmmaker and photographer who lives and works in the United States. She is a community activist and advocate for the rights of sex workers, immigrants and the LGBT community. In addition to being the director of NO HUMAN INVOLVED, PJ is the transmedia specialist for the Brazilian film A KISS FOR GABRIELA. Her documentary projects build community, involve skills sharing and working with diverse communities. She was a participant in the second series (2011) of the Filmmakers Collaborative at the Maysles Institute in Harlem, New York.
She has made a number of films (both narrative and documentary) that portray the experiences of people in the sex trade and related communities. These include: PROSTITUTION FREE ZONE (a 15 minute film highlighted at the Reel Affirmations Film Festival in DC in 2009); SEX WORK AND TRADE UNIONS (2010, a 15 minute film documenting actions organized by the Karnataka Sex Workers Union at the World Social Forum in Belem, Brazil); SEX WORKERS DO HARM REDUCTION I and II (2007 and 2009); TORN (2011, a 55 minute narrative film) and PROTECTION (2005).