The amazing team at stillmotion has a new very emotional project they're very passionate about plus they're doing a new US training tour you will want to participate in – see the map below for the 30 cities they're visiting where you can attend!
The movie is about slavery. Hard to fathom, but we're still allowing it to happen around the world. Patrick tells of the phone call that launched this passion project.
The phone call was with Eric Harr, the father of a young girl in California selling lemonade to end child slavery. I’d asked to speak to him about volunteering our time to create a short, 5-minute film for them as our way of giving back.
It only took minutes on the phone to realize that this couldn’t be just a 5-minute film.
Vivienne Harr is a 9-year-old girl who saw an arresting photograph of two enslaved children in Nepal, and decided to take a stand. She set up her lemonade stand for 365 days in a row, asking customers to “pay what's in your heart,” sending proceeds to organizations that liberate and rehabilitate slaves all over the world.
Central to the theme of our movie is the moment each of our main characters learned that slavery still exists in the world, and the action they took once they knew. Until we met Vivienne, we didn't know the degree to which slavery exists in our modern world, but the moment we were made aware, we had to do something.
#standwithme: A stand against one of the world's darkest evils
Here's the trailer that will likely get your emotions flowing
You didn’t know. Neither did Vivienne. When she learned that roughly 30 million people are currently enslaved, she felt compelled to do something about it. After seeing a photo of two enslaved boys in Nepal, nine-year-old Vivienne is moved to help in the only way she knows how: by setting up her lemonade stand. With the goal of freeing 500 children from slavery and raising $100,000, she takes it to the streets.
But Vivienne’s not the only one raising hell about this issue. Humanitarian photographer Lisa Kristine has devoted her career to photographing indigenous cultures across the world. When she learned that slavery still exists today, she began a journey to travel the world and document slavery from the front lines, hoping that the viewers of those images would be compelled to take a stand with her. One of those photos reached Vivienne.
More than just a journey into the issue, this film comes with a toolbox to get involved and start making changes. Paul Rice, founder of Fair Trade USA, and Maurice Middleberg, of Free The Slaves, share how our everyday actions contribute to modern day slavery — and how we can reverse that.
#standwithme serves as an invitation for all of us to do our part and put an end to slavery worldwide.
Check out Stillmotion's production diary of this film on Facebook
In addition to a live Q&A from #standwithme’s directors Patrick Moreau and Grant Peelle at each premiere, there will also be an educational workshop held the following day in each city, known as the Storytelling With Heart Tour. The workshop tour welcomes anyone who is interested in independent filmmaking and telling meaningful stories, and will be an opportunity to get hands-on instruction and insight from the Stillmotion team on their filmmaking process. Each workshop will run from 9am-5pm, on the day following the premiere of #standwithme.
From Patrick Moreau:
This movie is our something. In addition to learning that slavery still exists, we also discovered how important imagery is in the abolitionists' fight against this horrendous truth. Awareness is a central component to eradicating slavery, and we are proud to be a part of that fight.
This film is unique in that it is made by a team of filmmakers who work together on a daily basis, as opposed to a team of freelancers who were assembled just for this one project. We are a dedicated and passionate group who, at our core, are both storytellers and educators. We have a long history of sharing our approach to storytelling, and we also know how much impact a hands-on filmmaking lesson can make. We’re thrilled to be taking #standwithme on an educational workshop tour in the spring of 2014.
At its core, #standwithme is a social invitation for people to stand against slavery and invite others to join them in doing so. If enough people are made aware of just how much power they have to stop slavery, even through something as simple as a shift in shopping habits, a global commitment can be made, and together we can make a vital mark
Stillmotion's Creative Approach
Stillmotion’s approach to this film has been to create their own path and push the genre of documentary filmmaking. Deciding against Kickstarter and other popular crowd-sourced funding options, the film was largely funded by Stillmotion through their commercial work. With a production budget of $250,000 this was no small feat, but the Stillmotion team chose this route to remain focused on the film, and tied both emotionally and financially to their belief in the impact it could have when released.
Patrick Moreau: Director, Cinematographer/DP
Grant Peelle: Director
David Singer: Executive Producer, Producer
Joyce Tsang: Cinematographer/DP
Quenna Gregorio: Editor
Margaret Appel: Writer
[ Via Stillmotion's Press ]
What's been your experience with slavery? Has it impacted you or someone you know? Did you even know we are still dealing with it around the world?
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(cover photo credit: snap from Stillmotion)