Give Up Tomorrow


Michael Collins

Give Up Tomorrow is an award winning documentary feature film that has already achieved significant real world impact since its release in 2011, helping to raise awareness of how the film’s subject Paco Larranaga has paid with his freedom for fifteen years for a crime he did not commit as the film engagingly dramatizes the extraordinary miscarriage of justice his case represents.

Thanks to the film’s vigorous activist media campaign, Free Paco Now, Paco’s release on parole in Spain is now imminent. Going beyond the specifics of Paco’s case to shed light on the precarious state of human rights in the Philippines today, the film generates an emotional response to the tragic human consequences of the country’s broken justice system, in which so many other individuals remain caught. It contributes to and energizes general global human rights conversations about the importance of justice for citizens throughout the world, including within the United States.

We are excited to now propose an exciting further dimension to Give Up Tomorrow, the film that stems organically from the documentary and that is designed to generate meaningful and deep longitudinal impact, using the internet as its platform. Provisionally entitled Upstream Justice, this project’s specially designed transmedia is drawn from the documentary’s 400 hours of footage to help contribute to systemic change within the very broken justice system on which the film is based.

Michael Collins is the founder of Thoughtful Robot, a production company based in New York City committed to crafting compelling social justice films that galvanize change. In 2010 Michael’s short film, Gerthy’s Roots, shot on location in Haiti about a community driven reforestation initiative, was made possible by the Mandela Day Tribeca All Access Award. Give Up Tomorrow, his first documentary feature film seven years in the making, about a young man wrongfully convicted and sentenced to death in the Philippines, premiered at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival and won the Audience Award and a Special Jury Prize for Best New Director. Since then the film has played in more than 50 festivals in over 25 countries, winning 13 major awards including 7 Audience Awards, 2 Human Rights Awards, and the Activism Award at Michael Moore’s Traverse City Film Festival.