|Veteran / activist / formerly homeless / filmmaker / producer-director of THE THROWAWAYS.|
Ira McKinley 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, MA’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 is currently a cameraman for the Sanctuary for Independent Media and Troy, NY and continues his activist work with his collaborative Social Change in Mind, a network of organizations and individuals seeking social justice within the Capital Region.