Breaking Chains

A short film about a young woman's fight to survive the harsh realities of human trafficking in the US.
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Ian Nelson
Film
Hollywood, California
United States
3 Team Members

30% of each donation with go directly to the survivors of Sex Trafficking

Making an impact

Sex Trafficking is very real and it is happening all over the United States. We want as many people to know about this as possible.  If we stop one man from buying someone for sex, or prevent one person from putting another through these horrible situations, we have done our job. If we are able to give just one girl the hope and will to survive against all odds, we have done our job. If we help start a dialogue between parents and their children to keep kids safe, we have done our job.  

Our goal is to enter this in as many festivals as possible and spread the film to as many people as we know in order to really change the way things are in the best way that we know how.

Your donations will have a direct impact on these girl's lives and we think that is pretty amazing. 

The Film

This entire Film will be told from the point of view of a trafficked girl. You will hear what she hears and see what she sees. We will join her after being manipulated by someone she trusted, while she is being driven to a remote cabin in the middle of nowhere, in complete darkness and tossed into a room with a few other girls. Her emotional arc will take her from being utterly helpless and terrified, to the point of risking her life for survival. Ultimately having to make a choice between saving herself or to risk everything to help one of the other girls at the cabin. 

This is a story of hope and survival, to never give up on yourself. It's also about self worth, to inspire people to stand up for themselves, especially in the most difficult situations.

Why make a film on trafficking?  Why now?

Glad you asked.  After watching President Obama give his speech on Human Trafficking at the Clinton Foundation Initiative, we were inspired to do something to help. What better of a way for a group of filmmakers to raise awareness and help the survivors, than to actually make a film that really brings you in to the heart of the situation itself? 

In this film we want to show the realities of what a girl who is trafficked goes through. Therefore, we have teamed up with a non-profit organization in Washington D.C. called FAIR Girls to make sure this film is as authentic as possible. And in order to do this project the right way, we have come to indiegogo for you help.

Why us?

We are beyond passionate about this subject and want to make an inspiring film that will hopefully have some sort of impact on everyone who sees it. The entire production team has been diligently and professionally working in the entertainment industry for over 10 years each.  Between everyone involved we have worked on television, independent movies and big budget films.

Director:  Ben Silverman - http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2093668/
Producer: Ian Nelson - http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0625419/
Actress:   Gabrielle Christian - http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1724255/
Writer:     Andrew Godoski - Recent AFI Graduate
Actor:      Zoran Korach - http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2507229/

We have also teamed up with FAIR Girls out of Washington D.C., which is a non-profit organization that focuses on helping the survivors of modern day slavery.  Please check out their website at www.fairgirls.org to learn more.

Why come to indiegogo?

While raising money for the film is part our goal, we are also going to give 30% of each of your donations directly to the survivors that we are working with at FAIR Girls, specifically through their JewelGirls program. The rest of the money will go directly into the production and post production for this film including:

  • Camera and Grip Equipment
  • Location usage and insurance
  • Props, Wardrobe and Set Design
  • Stunts and Safety 
  • Lodging and Travel to and from location 
  • Feeding the Cast and Crew
  • Editing, Music and Sound Design
  • Festival Entrance Fees and getting the word out for the Film
  • Printing and Shipping of the rewards
  • All other costs that come up during production

What's in it for you?

Don't worry, we'd be thinking the same thing. We have some very cool rewards for you in our perks section, we know you already looked ;) Through the FAIR Girls JewelGirls program, we are lucky to be able to send you some amazing jewelry for your generous donations. Each piece of jewelry is made by a survivor and that 30% will go directly to help them.

We also want you to give the star treatment! You can walk down the red carpet with the filmmakers at the premier of our film and even have a chance to slowdance with the lovely Gabrielle Christian. 

 

Other Ways You Can Help

We completely understand that some of you would LOVE to contribute, but are a little short on funds and can't.  There are plenty of other ways that you can help us out:

  • Forward this along to as many people as you can.
  • Re-Post this link on your facebook and twitter accounts.
  • Does anyone use myspace anymore? We won't judge if you post it there either.
  • Print this page and take it to the streets!  But have your witts about you..
  • Talk about it at school and work.
  • Use the Indiegogo share tools!

Statistics

  • 100,000 American children are at risk toward commercial sexual exploitation in America every year.

  • The average age of entry into a life of prostitution is 13 year old.

  • In America, the average number of men who pay to rape a girl each night: 5

  • Average Amount of money a girl is forced to make each night in order to just get food: $500 to $1000

  • Average amount of money a man pays to rape a trafficked teengirl: $100

  • Within 48 hours of running away from home, a runaway teen will be approached by a trafficker or man who wants to buy her for sex.

  • No child can consent to be a prostitute.

  • In America, any child under 18 who is sold into prostitution is a victim of human trafficking.  Yet, sex trafficked children are still arrested.

  • The majority of children who are sold for sex are children who have already been abused, neglected, sexually assaulted, and forgotten.

 

 

 

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  • $10USD
    Sweetheart

    A signed thank you photo from Gabrielle & Mandy. Also, a personal social media shout out!

    79 claimed
  • $15USD
    Girl Talk

    Your choice of Gabrielle, Ian or Ben will personally call you on the phone number of your choice!!!!

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    Record your voicemail

    Your choice of Gabrielle, Ian or Ben will call you personally on the phone number of your choice AND record your voicemail for you!!!

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  • $25USD
    Golden Child

    A personalized thank you. PLUS, a JewelGirl Charm. ($7.50 goes directly to a JewelGirl)

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  • $50USD
    We LOVE you!

    Everything above. PLUS, an autographed production still from our cast & crew. ($15.00 goes directly to a JewelGirl)

    23 claimed
  • $100USD
    Mom would be proud

    Everything above. PLUS, a digital download of the finished film. PLUS, one unique handcrafted set of pre-selected earrings made by a JewelGirl. ($30.00 goes directly to a JewelGirl)

    51 claimed
  • $500USD
    Now Dad's proud, too!

    Everything above. PLUS, a SKYPE session with our filmmakers. PLUS, one unique handcrafted set of pre-selected earrings, a bracelet and a necklace made by a JewelGirl. ($150.00 goes directly to a JewelGirl)

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  • $1,000USD
    The Good Samaritan

    Everything above. PLUS, one pair (2) of VIP tickets to our Wrap Party & Red Carpet Premiere (travel and accommodations not included). Plus a hug from our entire cast & crew. ($300.00 goes directly to JewelGirls)

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    The Humanitarian

    Everything above. PLUS, an Associate Producer Credit. At the wrap party Gabrielle will slow dance with you and Ian will personalize a rap just for you. ($750.00 goes directly to JewelGirls)

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    The Philanthropist

    Everything above. PLUS, Executive Producer Credit. PLUS, two pairs (4) of VIP tickets to our Wrap Party & Red Carpet Premiere (travel and accommodations not included). ($1500.00 goes directly to JewelGirls)

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