From engineer to movie producer

After a 38-year career in mechanical engineering, John Weekley, ME’74, sold his process control company, PROCONEX, in 2011 to pursue a career in the film industry as a movie producer. 

He has been involved in The Station Agent, starring Peter Dinklage (of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” series), and Bonneville, starring Jessica Lange and Kathy Bates.

His latest project is Kids for Cash, a documentary about a judge who incarcerated more than 3,000 children for crimes as petty as creating a fake MySpace page while receiving millions of dollars in payments from privately-owned juvenile detention centers.

“We have backing from notable foundations like the MacArthur Foundation, Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Public Welfare Foundation,” says Weekley, executive producer of Kids for Cash. “This is an opportunity to expose how our juvenile courts, schools and police treat our children through a very powerful vehicle: film.” Learn more at kidsforcashthemovie.com.

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