It’s been a crazy couple months, but now that we've had a chance to relax, it seems about time for a TRICKED wrap up!
As you may already know, 3 Generations hosted its first film premiere on December 13th at the Quad Cinema in New York City. The night began with a screening of TRICKED and was followed by the presentation of the Malone Prize; a new initiative from 3 Generations. Each year, it is our plan to honor the work of three members of law enforcement who commit themselves to leading the fight against sex trafficking. (L-R) Denver Police Department Sergeant Daniel Steele, Deputy Inspector: Vice Enforcement Coordinator at NYPD, Anthony Favale and Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Lieutenant Karen Hughes, were the first recipients of the Malone Prize and we look forward to seeing how they pursue their commitment to combating trafficking in the future.
Following the presentation of the Malone Prize, TRICKED directors, Jane Wells and John-Keith Wasson, TRICKED stars, Danielle Douglas and Chris Baughman, and Polaris Project Executive Director, Bradley Myles, joined Daniel, Anthony, and Karen on stage for an in-depth panel discussion. We can’t say enough how thankful we are to all who came out the night of the premiere and/or to any of the other showings throughout the week, to see the film despite the cold. This has been a big year for us and we couldn’t have done any of this without the support of our friends, family, and fans.
That being said, the TRICKED project is far from over. Since TRICKED premiered, the film has been met with a pleasantly warm reception from critics and considerable interest from audiences and anti-trafficking organizations alike. As a result, Jane and JK have been all over the media. In the week leading up to the premiere, TRICKED was reviewed by the New York Times, the Village Voice, Film Journal International, and Slant Magazine, just to mention a few, and the reviews were great! Our Huffington Post blog series appeared the week prior to the premiere as well, with great contributions from TRICKED stars, Danielle Douglas, Sgt. Dan Steele, and Chris Baughman among others. News stories about TRICKED and interviews with the directors and stars have additionally appeared on almost all popular online news sources thanks to an Associated Press article however other stories have also appeared on BBC, Fox, CNN, MTV Act, the Examiner, Glamour, Ms. Magazine, Cosmopolitan, and on Huffington Post Live. Judging from this initial reception, we’re definitely looking forward to what’s to come.
Fortunately, ‘what’s to come’ has already begun to reveal itself. 2014 will undoubtedly be another big year for us as we begin to promote TRICKED nationwide. Fortunately, you can help by requesting TRICKED in your local movie theater! We’ve partnered with GATHR, a brand-new “Theater-on-Demand” service that lets you bring the movies you want to a venue near you.
To set up a showing, simply: 1) Plug in your location 2) Check to see if someone has already requested a showing nearby and if so, reserve a ticket 3) If there are no showings nearby, request one yourself! 4) PROMOTE PROMOTE PROMOTE! Share on social media! Tell everyone you know! 5) Once enough tickets are reserved, the screening will get the green light. Tickets will then become available for purchase, and you’ll get your showing of TRICKED!
Once again, thank you all and happy new year!
Thank you for being a supporter of our project, End Child Sex Slavery in the United States. Before you leave the office for the weekend, mark you calendar for October 23rd. Next Wednesday, Global Giving is running a Regional Bonus Day for projects based in North America. This means that for every donation you make, Global Giving will match 30% of your donation. PLUS the project that raises the most money on that day will win an additional $1000 from Global Giving.
As you may remember from our last update, we have big plans for our End Child Sex Slavery project. Since the completion our documentary, TRICKED, 3 Generations has slowly begun gearing up for its premiere. Planning such an event however, has proven to be costly. As long time supporters of the project and the film we are so grateful for all you have done, but we're not at the finish line quite yet.
If you can, please consider donating next week and support our project once more. All you have to do is log in anytime between Oct. 22nd at 9:01 pm and Oct. 23rd at 8:59, and donate. It's that easy!
Once again, thank you all for your continued support and enjoy the weekend!
P.s. Keep an eye out for upcoming information on the TRICKED premiere.
Last fall, President Obama brought the issue of sex trafficking to news headlines when he proclaimed sex trafficking to be a form of "modern slavery". Since his pronouncement, considerable progress has been made across the country. Despite this headway, there remains important work to be done. With an estimated 100,000 children in slavery in the US it is more important now, than ever before, that we keep the momentum going.
The biggest obstacle advocates face in the fight against sex trafficking is the lack of public awareness surrounding the issue. That's why, in our commitment to end this modern form of slavery, we have made a feature-length documentary film, to educate the population about this reality that is occuring in their communities and affecting their sons and daughters.
The award-winning documentary has received an offer of distribution, meaning it will be available through video on demand services, and will hopefully see limited theatrical release. Sex trafficking of children is not a rare phenomenon, but is happening in every community around the world, and until we raise enough awareness about this issue, our kids remain at risk of being swept into the controlling hands of a trafficker. With the help of donors, we can make a major impact on awareness in this country.
Modern-day slavery is unfathomable in this day in age, but it does exist and so long as it remains hidden, it will continue to proliferate. That is why 3 Generations is so vehemently devoted to raising awareness to the commercial sexual exploitation of children, impacting girls as young as 9 and taking place right here in the United State of America. Our campaign to “End Child Sex Slavery in the United States” is multifaceted and while the fight to end human trafficking gained momentum on a national level in 2012, it is important that we keep with that same vigor in 2013.
With this year’s release of our feature-length documentary, 10,000 Men, our desire is to reach a broader audience and awaken the public to this prevalent problem. The film, featuring four major cities across the United States, underscores the pervasiveness of the illicit industry within our borders. We hope it provides domestic trafficking with the attention it needs in order to be eradicated.
Another important aspect of our project is to contribute to the national dialogue about ending sexual slavery. We plan to attend several more think-tanks and forums this year. Just this month, our founder, Jane Wells, and in-house producer, Elizabeth Woller, attended “The Summit 2 End It,” a conference to discuss how to end human trafficking in the state of Colorado.
A recently added dimension to our campaign is the consistently overlooked crisis in the U.S. involving sex trafficking and native women. American Indian women and children have been reported to be especially vulnerable to traffickers and represent a disproportionate number of sex-trafficking victims. Last year, we produced Lost Hope, a short addressing the trafficking of Native Americans in Minnesota, and our proud to have been featured in four film festivals, particularly because it accorded recognition to a too-often ignored issue of a too-long neglected population. This year, we will be creating a new 30-minute short film, entitled Whatever happened to Margaret?, elaborating on the struggles of Native American women and further elucidating why they fall prey to sex traffickers. We will also be creating a new series of stories about the trafficking of Native Women in Minnesota for the 3 Generations website. The plight of Native American women and children is one that shall no longer be disregarded.
This year, the problem of child sex slavery in the United States is one that needs be discussed in every home. As a Denver police captain featured in 10,000 Men said, “People do not really understand that it’s domestic. These are our daughters, this is our community. If we take effort to stop trafficking […] it’s going to be at the protection of our kids.” In order to make this a reality, we need your help. We need you to discuss this difficult issue with your friends and family, we need you to raise awareness to the sex trafficking taking place in your own backyards and we need you to continue backing our organization.
Thank you for your continued support.
We look forward to spending 2013 working with you all to create real long-lasting change.
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