Thanks very much to ARTIVIST Film Festival and everyone who came out for the West Coast Premiere last Saturday.  It's been an exciting couple of weeks, with back to back screenings in New York City and Los Angeles, as well as with launching Walking Merchandise online. If you weren't able to make it to either screening, we of course encourage you to watch the film in its entirety here.
The screening was followed by a Q&A session, moderated by ARTIVIST. There were a lot of great questions, and we were lucky that Julie To and Jason Pu - lawyers who were featured in the film for their work with trafficked children - were in the audience and able to join us on stage for the conversation.

As often happens during many of our screenings or conversations about the film, the question of "What can I do?" came up. We love hearing this question, because it means that people want to tackle this issue. But unlike documentaries about global warming or green food production, the answer isn't as straightforward as "turn off the lights when you leave the room" or "eat more organic food."  It's tough to pin down a single step that people can take in day to day life that will combat international human trafficking.

But this does not mean you aren't a crucial part of the equation.

You are.

If you are moved by what you see, please check out the Help page, and consider donating or volunteering with one of the wonderful organizations working on this issue. Their expert knowledge and familiarity with these children's struggles, combined with your help and support, can make lasting positive change in these children's lives.

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ARTIVIST is a film festival focused on human rights issues, and is an official NGO member of the United Nations Department of Information.
 
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The "story wall" has grown since late March, with each added card representing another interview excerpt, b-roll shot or graphic.

The photo included here is as much for blogging and facebook purposes as it is for our own records- should, for whatever reason, all the cards fall off the wall, there's enough detail in the photo to tell us what went where.

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As of today, we've completed an initial first pass, but there's still about a week's worth of work to be done in developing various sections.
The information posted on the wall will be typed up into a script format. This will then be the blueprint for the rough assembly edit.



 
We went down to D.C. to interview Patrick Radden Keefe, author of The Snakehead, and film some b-roll of the Capitol.  After a long bus ride down to D.C., we broke up into two groups and started filming parts of the Mall.  We met Patrick at his office at 2pm, and were wrapped by 5pm - just enough time to squeeze in some shots of the White House.  Much to our disappointment, we were met by an uninformed police officer at the White House who told us we could not take photos or video of the iconic back side of the White House.  After walking all the way around to the front, another Officer told us that our previous informant was indeed wrong, and that we should have been able to take photos.  With time running out, we settled for the front and then high-tailed it to the bus depot for another long bus ride back to NYC.  All in all a pretty great day and a fantastic interview!

Behind the scenes photos after the break.