A HOMELESS MAN WITNESSES A KIDNAPPING, AND WHEN HE HUNTS DOWN THE PERPETRATOR HE UNCOVERS A DIRTY LITTLE SECRET IN SUBURBIA.
Larry camped out in the same alley every night. He always kept to himself and never bothered anyone, until he saw an injustice unfold right before his eyes. He did everything in his power to stop it but trying to prevent a kidnapping almost cost him his life.
He was beaten down and left half dead. With all the strength he could muster, he picked himself up to hunt down the perpetrator. Everything within compelled him to take a stand, to right this wrong, and rescue these girls, these kids.
He never expected to uncover a hidden crime in a perfectly landscaped suburban neighborhood. Will Larry’s story be accepted or twisted? Is he an acceptable witness or possible suspect? Things are not always what they seem.
We are excited to share this film thanks to our collaborative partners: The Redwood City Parks and Arts foundation, Redwood City Cultural Commission, and Bay Area Anti-Trafficking Coalition. And thank you to the many generous givers who have helped bring this story to life.
Appearances are not always what they seem. We easily make judgements based on people’s exteriors. We don’t always expect CEO’s to wear flip flops or criminals to wear white collars and ties. And we might never expect a guy who sleeps in an alley to be the very one who saves our life.
I wrote this film because I was surprised by the friendships I made in unexpected places. I found allies, friends, and “neighbors” in people who were different than me, people who had no place to call home. I was impacted by the stories of people I might have written off or overlooked. These stories of humanity, connection and justice, touched me deeply and illuminated issues I often swept under the rug.
I wanted to write and direct this story, for my sophomore film project, to bring light into a dark place: human trafficking. The stealing, harboring, objectifying, and horrendous abuse of human beings, (many who are young children and women), is an ugly reality.
Human trafficking is happening right under our noses, in our beautifully landscaped, white collared, American neighborhoods. We need to talk about it. And we can do something about it. We can bring change if we are willing to take a stand. I am called to affect change by telling stories. I hope this film starts conversations that lead to actions, that lead to justice. I hope you will stand with me and see it come to completion.
THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT TO FUND OUR FILM & FILM FESTIVAL RUN! Your giving will bring life to a story that needs to be told. You will help give a voice to the voiceless. Your giving may lead to awareness, which can lead to change. And you will empower local artists like myself, to see their dreams fulfilled. You also will be investing in the community at large and helping Redwood City become an arts destination and creative hub as we desire to produce this film in the Redwood City area.
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