Outta The Muck

A fiercely self-determined family in the deep south resists despair with love in this unique narrative of Black achievement.

Funding Initiative
Diversity Development Fund
Open Call

Bhawin Suchak

Bhawin Suchak is an educator and filmmaker who works with digital media as a tool to further expression and connection. In 2008 he founded Youth FX, a digital film and media arts program for young people in the South End of Albany, NY. Bhawin is the director, cinematographer and editor of the award-winning documentary, The Throwaways (2014) and also the Show more cinematographer and editor of Free to Learn (2004) along with producing several short documentaries that have aired on PBS. Show less


Ira McKinley

Ira McKinley is a filmmaker, activist, and the producer and director of the award-winning documentary The Throwaways (2014). 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, Show more MA’s Pulaski Park. McKinley has won Northampton Arts Council’s grant for an “Emerging Filmmaker” (2009); as well as Producer of the Year for Northampton Community Television (2009). Show less

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The Film

This film wades into the rich soil of Pahokee, a rural town on the banks of Lake Okeechobee. Beyond sending over a dozen players to the NFL, the people of Pahokee have a legacy of resilience and achievement in the face of great storms and personal trauma. This fiercely self-determined African-American community proudly shares their love and tells their stories.