SUCCESS!! Smoke and Apple Films Achieve Their Crowdfunding Goal

Congratulations to the film makers at Smoke and Apple Films who have successfully raised over $40 000 to help with the production of No Place For Children.  No Place of Children is a documentary currently in production that will feature the story of Blake Layman of the Elkhart 4.  The funds raised will be used to hire an editor, do research and pay the $5 000 fee to interview Blake in prison.

104 people supported the effort including two people who donated $10 000 each.

There are still four days left in the crowd funding effort and interested people are encouraged to continue to support the project.

In the middle of the crowdfunding effort the producers from Smoke and Apple films released this new segment on Blake’s mother travelling to prison to visit Blake.

We will continue to update our readers on the production of No Place for Children.

Check out other clips from No Place For Children here.


  • Perhaps it about time I heard a sincere apology from these individuals as they contemplate the death of their friend and all the efforts many individuals are going to for them to get a reasonable penalty not to mention the cost $ to society that accumulates due to their illegal actions

    • From the brief filed by Blake Layman’s lawyers (page 42 and 43) quoted from the transcripts. The brief is located here. These are Blake Layman’s words to the court.

      Your Honor, I’d like to start out by saying I’m truly sorry to Rodney Scott for what happened that day. I also want to apologize to Danzele Johnson’s family for the loss of their son, my friend. I understand on October the 3rd many lives were changed forever. I wish there [was] some way I could go back and change what happened that day but I can’t. I’m not here to make excuses for my actions. I’m here to take responsibility for them.

      I understand if me and my friends had made different choices that day Danzele would still be alive, and Rodney Scott wouldn’t have to carry the burden of taking another man’s life.

      I pray Rodney Scott can find it in his heart to forgive me for my wrongdoings. As I stand before you today a young man on the way to becoming an adult, I’d just like to apologize to all the families that were [a]ffected by my actions on October the 3rd. My sincere apologies to all of you.