City of Hope: Sex Trafficking

City of Hope is a film series (fictional) about sex trafficking, taking real stories of victims around the world.
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Alessandro Lopes
Film
Brooklyn, New York
United States
3 Team Members


The Film

City of Hope, Alessandro's first film series, is about a young girl, Amber Berks (Based of a true story), who comes to America as a child with her parents. Both of her parents died in a tragic accident, leaving Amber independent. 


City of Hope does not only tell Amber's story, but also spreads the awareness of how women and children are put into the trafficking business (photo studios, laundry cleaners, escort service, nail salons, massage parlors, schools, dorms, etc.). 

Throughout the series, Amber deals with different threats, pimps, men, drugs, persuasion. It is up to the law enforcement to help people like Amber, women and children who have been in this trade their whole lives. 



Our story also follows:

1. The kingpin; His operations and how he works


2. NYPD officer Sanchez: Sister was kidnapped by the kingpin, and looks for a way to get her back

3. 2 FBI agents who track down the trafficking circles on the east coast. 

THE KICKSTARTER

City of Hope is the most emotional, strong, inspirational film I have taken on. I did not intend this to be only entertaining. The purpose was to be both entertaining and educational, in the standpoint that sex trafficking happens all around us, even if we can't see it. 

Right now, we need funds to make this possible!  Feeding the actors, liability insurance, equipment use, transportation, and props. For those who want to help this cause, this disgusting trafficking circle, please help. 

PREVIOUS WORK

Editor and camera operator for award winning TV series on PBS "Great Decisions"

The "intervention Calculations" interviews people about why we intervene in some places and why we don't intervene in others. 


 Head editor and camera operator for feature documentary on Flight 1549.

Miracles on The Hudson follows the stories of over 15 passengers who survived the landing of the plane in the Hudson River, and the Rescuers who came to their help. 

(In Progess)

Music Video I directed/filmed/edited.



Risks and challenges

Writing has always been a weak part of me. I want this film to bring emotions: Sad, thrill, anger, happy, etc.

Some challenges we are already facing include: locations, permits, liability insurance.

Some scenes we haven't shot yet because locations require permits, which require insurance (Slippery Slope.


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