Travel With Purpose: Stop Sexual Slavery Indie GoGo Campaign to help #StopSexualSlavery

A few months ago I watched a documentary & read a book that changed my life called “Half the Sky” [www.halftheskymovement.org] about the oppression and violence women face across the globe.

I remember just sobbing watching and reading anecdotes of young girls who had been kidnapped and sold to brothels and were forced to have sex with up to 10 customers a day 7 days a week, kept naked, beaten, and tortured.  My heart felt heavy learning about honor killings in the Middle East…knowing there are over 100k Chinese girls unaccounted for…that Vietnamese girls have to fight to get educated because families rather educated their sons…about African women coerced to get their genitals mutilated and how that results in obstructed labor increasing the chances of a mother dying while giving birth…

Coincidentally I had already booked a trip to visit Cambodia, Vietnam and the Philippines and I thought to myself, I can’t visit those countries knowing what I know now and not do something to help.  So here I am…asking you to be part of this journey with me.  I will be personally going to 3 shelters (2 in Cambodia and 1 in the Philippines) and delivering all the supplies to these young girls and women.  All of these organizations help girls that have been rescued integrate themselves back into society by providing them shelter, counseling and education.

My goal is $10k. Why $10? $4,500 will be donated to International Justice Mission [www.ijm.org] in order for them to launch a rescue mission to save girls from brothels and the rest of the monies will go to buying supplies for 110 girls and 20 staff members in a shelter in Cambodia who chose to remain anonymous and educational tools for the women at My Refuge House [www.myrefugehouse.com].  Thank you for listening and thank you helping me make a difference!

So here I am…asking you to be part of this journey with me.  Please donate, share, create awareness…this is not for me…this is for the millions of girls that were robbed of their innocence and freedom. Thank you for listening and helping me make a difference.

With love,

Loren Medina
To Donate click here:  http://igg.me/at/TWPSSS/x/9006460

  • Between 500k-2M people, the majority women & children, are trafficked annually into prostitution, forced labor or slavery
  • It is estimated that there are up to 20k honor killings a year
  • An estimated 60M girls are “missing” due to selective abortion of fetuses or neglect
  • 75 million children are out of school, the majority are girls
  • More than 1M children are left motherless every year


Travel With Purpose: Stop Sexual Trafficking
Travel With Purpose: Stop Sexual Trafficking
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Kickstarter Projects: Carver- A Horror Film By Emily DiPrimio

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Written by Jesus Figueroa

Thirteen year old Emily DiPrimio along with her father Ron DiPrimio set out to make Emily’s dream of making a horror movie a reality.
That film is “Carver” and it has already been in development.
“Carver is about a group of teenagers who are haunted by a despicable act they committed when they were younger. Their actions caused the deaths of three innocent people. Now on the anniversary of those deaths an ominous calling card, in the form of a carved pumpkin has been placed at each of their homes. Someone is out for revenge…the question is who?,” Emily said.
The classic style of slasher films is apparent in the with the storyline but plans are to make this film stand out. The inspiration comes from classic horror films which utilize props and special effects rather than Computer Generated Images.
“What we tried to do with the script is make it a combination of the two basic slasher film types from the 80’s. We know Jason, Michael, and Freddie are the one’s doing the killing. Where in My Bloody Valentine and The Prowler it’s more of a slasher who done it. Our movie combines the two…there is a relentless, seemingly unstoppable killer but no one will know who the killer is until the end,” Emily said.
Emily is not only working on making her dream of making a horror slasher film tribute to classic horror but has been acting on an upcoming web series. This young actress worked until an injury stopped her from furthering her work as the leading role.
“We were working on a web series called Violet. I was the lead actress in the show. After we filmed some of the first episode my ankle and foot were black and blue and swollen. I ended up needing ankle surgery that had me on the shelf for 12 weeks. I was depressed because I really believed in Violet and was having a blast doing the show. My dad saw this and asked me to help he write a screenplay he had been thinking about writing for a long time. It was a slasher film called CARVER. The next thing I knew the 12 weeks flew by and we had a script,” Emily said.
The inspiration that drives is the joy that Emily has for watching the classic horror slasher films.
“The last slasher film I enjoyed was Friday the 13th IV. I am only 13 and I am not going to pretend that I have seen every slasher film. There are a lot of movies that I still need to see and I am steadily working my way though my dad’s DVD collection. I really enjoyed Friday the 13th IV. It is what a slasher movie should be fun, scary, and bloody,” Emily said.
She likes the old style horror films because they don’t utilize CGI and that makes for a more realist feel.
“It (CGI) just looks bad. No one bleeds like that. Old school make up effects just look cooler and more authentic. Special effects make up is an art form and when I watch a lot of horror films nowadays it seems like a dying one,” Emily said.
If funded the film will quickly go through pre-production and will start production in the first quarter of 2014.
Emily said, “If we are luck enough to get funded we would like to begin filming in April 2014 and have a finished film ready for our backers in October 2014.”
Visit their kickstarter here

Kickstarter Projects- “Bereave” A New Feature starring Malcolm McDowell

Written by Jesus Figueroa

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Feature length film “Bereave” looks to crowd-funding to take this project from development to pre-production and production.

The feature film set to star Malcolm McDowell and Jane Seymour needs the support from the crowd to get to the next step.
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The Giovanis brothers head this Kickstater. They are passionate about this film and have been trying to fund this project since 2008.
With three films having had a good response on the film festival circuit and having won awards at some of these prestigious film festivals, the Giovanis brothers look to crowd-funding as a way to improve their film.
With every film trying to be better than their previous film, their new film “Bereave” combines a great cast with a good storyline.
“Fatally ill and unable to reveal this secret to his family, Garvey thinks he has figured out how to die alone. Suffering the mortal fears, Garvey’s behavior becomes erratic. But when his beloved wife Evelyn mysteriously goes missing on their anniversary – he must live to save her! In that short time, Garvey realizes what life still has to offer and in following his journey; we do too.”
The Giovanis brothers are asking for $100,000 to make a feature film. How will this project be made with such a low budget?
The $100,000 Kickstater project is just part of the funding, an “angel” investor will match up to 50% of the crowd-funding.
There is only a short amount of time left to fund this project and they have some good incentives for supporters. Take a look at their Kickstarter video and see what this project is all about.
“Bereave” Kickstarter link: http://kck.st/15oAyoa

Kickstarter Projects- Art Therapy: The Movie

Written by Jesus Figueroa

This Kickstarter only has 10 days left and it is for a great project that explains the importance of Art Therapy. This project just seems like an amazing way to make a wider audience aware of the important role art plays in many people’s lives. They have a moderate goal of $20,000 to bring “Art Therapy: The Movie” to theaters in the spring of 2014.

The documentary will not just be of the way art affects people in the United States but rather on a world wide scale. Primarily focusing on North America, South America and Japan.

The donated money does not go to buy equipment but rather to improve on the production of the documentary by allowing for a chance to get an Emmy Award winning Editor, Animation and effects team that has experience working on projects like this documentary and for music, Grammy nominated artist are working on the soundtrack of the film.

The biggest part of the donations will go to the expense of travel, since it is the biggest cost. The film will show real people and in order to get to those real people the filmmakers have to go to where they are. The people that will be featured are all around the world and although the filmmakers don’t mind the cheaper alternatives to flying there are some places where there is no alternative.

The cost of screening the film, going on the festival circuit and distributing is a costly one and will also be part of what the donations will cover.

Please check out more of the project here.

Support this Project: “SLUT: A Documentary Film” Kickstarter Project

“SLUT: A Documentary Film”

Emily Lindin launched The UnSlut Project on April of 2013 by starting to blog her own story from fifteen years ago. Her story is being told through diary entries from her preteen and teen years.

Lindin publishes her diary entries one at a time, “without changing a single word except for the names of the people involved,” Lindin said, “My limited commentary, which is confined to brackets in each entry, is meant to provide the relief of my current perspective, fifteen years later,” she said.

“Now, it’s time to make a documentary film,” she said, this film, like Bully did, will help spread the message of equality and respect to a much broader audience in a manner which can be very effective.
Lindin has partners up with Jessica Caimi in hopes of making a documentary film that will educate the masses.

“Slut: A Documentary Film” will feature the stories of girls who were driven to suicide by sexual bullying, interviews with women who have experienced the effects of slut shaming in their own lives, and the opinions of media figures, sexologists, psychologists, and other experts.

Gathering credible sources such as Dr. Betty Dodson, artist, author and world-renowned clinical sexologist, Dr. Ted McIlvenna, founder and president of the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality, Dr. Shira Tarrant, author, nationally recognized expert on gender politics, and professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Dr. Melissa Jones: Clinical sexologist and board-certified sexuality educator at the Sexology Center in San Antonio, Texas,  and Gina Tron, published the story of her own rape and subsequent slut shaming by police and other officials in Vice Magazine, to name a few of those willing to contribute their time to the making if this documentary.

“The UnSlut Project is a collaborative effort with two goals: to reach out to girls who are currently suffering and offer them some hope for the future; and to demonstrate the extent of sexual bullying and ‘slut shaming’ in our schools, media, and culture, so that we might all work toward change.” – Lindin

“Slut: A Documentary Film” will demonstrate the extent of sexual bullying and slut shaming in our schools, media, and culture; and explore the steps we can all take to work toward change right here in the United States and Canada.

Slut shaming involves denigrating a woman or women generally for perceived or real sexual behavior. It ranges from something like one teenager calling another teenager a “slut” for wearing a short dress to mainstream media coverage of rape that puts blame on the victim or victims. It is closely tied to the practice of sexual bullying and the concept of “rape culture,” which refers to society’s dismissal or even condoning of rape.

This film will be a low-budget production, so every dollar counts. Please give whatever you can, their funding goal represents the minimum needed to make this film. Starting with equipment rental such as renting an HD camera with audio equipment to travel cost such as conducting interviews with various experts as well as women who want to share their stories all over the United States and Canada and funding plane tickets, hostel stays, and on-the-go meals.

Visit: Unslut Project
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