Autism + Human Trafficking = Hooked

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Huh??

That’s right you heard me.  But what is Hooked?  Well, it used to be an award-winning book, but now it transitioning into a feature film.  The screenplay has already been honored in competitions and is going into pre-production beginning of July and I am part of it!
Autism + Human Trafficking = Hooked awards

I still don’t get it.

This should help:
Autism + Human Trafficking = Hooked poster

Hooked is the romantic dramedy of a young man whose autism prevents him from recognizing that the woman of his dreams is, in fact, a prostitute.  The film is respectful to those with autism as well as those working the streets.  The relationship between the two characters is sweet and heartwarming while shining a light on human trafficking in America.

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The hooked film production is being sponsored by the 501(c)3non-profit, From the Heart Productions, so that any contributions, whether cash or non-cash, made toward Hooked are tax-deductible. From the Heart Productions has been dedicated to supporting world-changing films for over 23 years.

And just today an individual has offered to match Seed and Spark contributions made to our indie film up to $2500 between now and July 4 so that’s exciting too!  And this is what got me fired up to share this project with all of you! (I guess I have been kinda holding tight to this project and not allowing others in… I wanted it all for me and didn’t want to share.)  Not the wisest move.

Seed and Spark is a pretty cool crowdfunding site.  It is just for filmmakers and they donate cool stuff to films that gain followers (different levels of award based on how many followers we get. )  We can even get free submissions into the film festivals with 1000 followers on Seed and Spark.  Now I think that is totally awesome!  And I am hoping some of you will follow our campaign to help us get there!

And just like other crowdfunding sites, you can earn cool stuff by donating too. Have you ever dreamed of being a screenwriter? With a $200 contribution, you can join a screenwriting workshop with award-winning screenwriter Allen Wolf taking place on Saturday, Oct. 27th. And there are, of course, lot’s of other fun, exciting incentives waiting for you. But I think the greatest reward is knowing that you are helping a movie that brings American human trafficking and bond slavery, as well as autism, to the big screen.
U.S. Human Trafficking map

I want to know more about modern slavery in America!

(Excerpt from Hooked website)

“Our hope is that people who experience Hooked will be inspired to take action against trafficking. The International Labour Organization estimates that there are 40.3 million victims of human trafficking globally. 81% of them are trapped in forced labor, 25% of them are children, and 75% are women and girls. The map above only reflects cases reported to the National Human Trafficking Hotline in 2016 where the location of the potential trafficking was known. Some cases may involve more than one location.

“Here are 11 Facts about trafficking from DoSomething.org:

“1. Globally, the average cost of a slave is $90.

“2. Trafficking primarily involves exploitation which comes in many forms, including: Forcing victims into prostitution, subjecting victims to slavery or involuntary servitude and compelling victims to commit sex acts for the purpose of creating pornography.

“3. According to some estimates, approximately 80% of trafficking involves sexual exploitation, and 19% involves labor exploitation.

“4. There are approximately 20 to 30 million slaves in the world today.

“5. According to the U.S. State Department, 600,000 to 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders every year, of which 80% are female and half are children.

“6. The average age a teen enters the sex trade in the U.S. is 12 to 14-year-old. Many victims are runaway girls who were sexually abused as children.

“7. California harbors 3 of the FBI’s 13 highest child sex trafficking areas in the nation: Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego.

“8. The National Human Trafficking Hotline receives more calls from Texas than any other state in the US. 15% of those calls are from the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

“9. Between 14,500 and 17,500 people are trafficked into the U.S. each year.

“10. Human trafficking is the third largest international crime industry (behind illegal drugs and arms trafficking). It reportedly generates a profit of $32 billion every year. Of that number, $15.5 billion is made in industrialized countries.

“11. The International Labour Organization estimates that women and girls represent the largest share of forced labor victims with 11.4 million trafficked victims (55%) compared to 9.5 million (45%) men.”

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The Young Messiah (movie review)

The Young Messiah | Memee's Musings
Today I decided I needed to take a little time just for myself and so I decided to go to a movie. I was feeling frustrated with school and the ongoing demolition that has been transpiring all week inside the house I live (not my house, I’m the nanny).  I had no idea what my options would be so I hopped on Fandango to check out the listings for our local theater with the mind that I would watch whichever movie I could get to the soonest… unless of course it was something I couldn’t possible consider “wasting” money on.  What I discovered was The Young Messiah (and in fact it was the only movie I would have been inclined to see) of the films playing.

And so I went.

I feel so peaceful now, calm and relaxed.  It was a truly beautiful film.  It is, of course, a fictional story as very little is known of Jesus’ childhood.  The film does not pretend to know the answers. It tells you straight up at the beginning that it is inspired by stories from the Bible and is fictionalized imagination of what one year of his childhood life may have looked like. I respect that.  Important events are depicted and strung together to create a cohesive whole (whether the timelines are true or not, I do not know.).  View it as the story of a very special boy living a unique life. Enjoy the great love and faith that binds the family together and the gentleness of spirit that exudes from the child’s spirit.  I found myself wiping away tears from both eyes on more than half a dozen occasions.  The beauty of the cinematography and the strength of the music really touched me deeply.  But of course, I’ve always had a strong spiritual connection with my faith, my God, and my Savior.

Before making up my mind that I would in fact see that film I had typed into the search engine for reviews and at quick glance they all appeared to be poor.  Yet, I was still compelled to choose it. And I am so grateful that I followed my own heart. It was everything I wanted it to be.  It was truly beautiful and will remain with me for a long time and I recommend it to anyone who has a strong love of Jesus and our relationship with God and can watch it as the celebration of a human being, which is truly what I think it was meant to be.

Golden Globes Jot

I’ve always liked award shows. Seeing all the amazing clothes and jewels is to me now like reading about princesses when I was a child. I am also a movie buff or, at least, I was. Life kinda got in the way and I don’t see as many as I’d like. When I was a freshman in high school I had typed out, on an old manual typewriter a numbered list of all of the movies I had seen. Of course this was before the Internet so I had to do it from memory. I had over 500 movies listed. I kinda wish I’d kept up with that just because I think it’s fascinating.

My Best Dressed Picks for the evening go to:

73rd Annual Golden Globes best dressed picks

Anyways, knowing that you would probably assume, correctly, that I also like to write down who wins what awards each season. Last night I did it differently.

I wrote down what I want to see and then a few other notes just because I knew I’d be sharing. So, here’s my jot:

TO SEE:

(movie)  Steve Jobs (Kate Winslet won)
(movie)  Spy starring Melissa McCarthy
(movie)  Carol starring Cate Blanchett
(movie)  The Hateful 8 starring Samuel L. Jackson
(movie)  The Revenant starring Leonardo DiCaprio (he’ll likely take Oscar)
(movie)  Joy starring Jennifer Lawrence
(movie)  The Big Short starring Christian Bale
(movie)  Trainwreck starring Amy Schumer
(movie)  The Room starring Juliette Danielle
(movie)  Spotlight — amazing cast
(movie)  Infinitely Polar Bear (another bipolar movie)
(movie)  The Martian starring Matt Damon
— I read the book, hated it. But knew I’d be seeing the movie anyway!

Damn, that’s a long list! What the heck have I been doing that I haven’t seen these great movies?  Oh, yeah, that’s right… blogging!

CHECK OUT:

(television)  Transparent starring Judith Light
(television)  The Affair starring Maura Tierney (She won!)
(television)  Crazy Ex-girlfriend starring Rachel Bloom
(television)  Mr. Robot starring Christian Slater (He won!)
(television)  Penny Dreadful starring Eva Green
(television)  Better Call Saul!

OTHER RANDOM NOTES:

Lady Gaga won for AHS!*  She acts now??

Is Mad Men actor Jon Hamm the same actor who plays “Older Doctor” in A Young Doctor’s Notebook?2

BEST LINE OF THE NIGHT:

Taraji P. Henson: “Please wrap?! Wait a minute. I waited 20 years for this, you’re gonna wait! Yeah, you’re gonna give me a little more time. Yeah, my fans, they’ve been praying for this. They’re all on Twitter…”

Well, you’ve just got to see it to appreciate it fully. The best acceptance speech of the night from the mouth of Ms. Taraji P. Henson, who currently plays Cookie on the TV show, Empire. Hmm, maybe I should add that to my list of shows to check out!

BEST ACCEPTANCE SPEECH OF THE NIGHT:

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2(I looked it up. It was indeed Jon Hamm. This was a very intelligent show. Super short. I’m hoping there will be more in the future. It stands as the only thing I have ever watched on Netflix and then used the Recommend to a Friend feature from Netflix. That says something, right?) Also, as an after thought, perhaps I should break down and give into everyone’s recommendations to watch Mad Men.

*AHS stands for American Horror Story. It’s kinda cool in that every season it is an entirely different tv show except it reuses the actors in different parts. I appreciated the first season the most. Jessica Lange was amazing!

We’re Not in Kansas Anymore

via Breaking Well
Author: Dennis Ford
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Hey hey, my my, rock and roll will never die, though many bands from our glorious past are currently on life support. Thankfully loyal hardcore fans would never pull the plug on their musical heroes regardless of changing environmental conditions with the occasional recognition that many decades have passed since you were permitted to define what is popular music.

This is clearly explained in the movie version of The Wizard of Oz. If you paid attention to its hidden meaning, this 1939 masterpiece of nuance, subliminally advocates that we must all adjust to changing conditions in our environment. Whenever you move from a place where cyclones are lifting your house from its clearly poorly constructed foundation to a country that has only one road, and it is made from yellow bricks you should change your attitude. This why the pivotal message of the movie is so important to remember as you try to figure out the legal implications of your changing tax exemption status.

Dorothy looks at her darling little dog and simply says, “Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.” My recollection is Toto does not respond. He doesn’t respond because he is a dog and dogs rarely respond to human wisdom. As an actor I place Toto right up there with the Teen Age Mutant Ninja Turtles as best actors in the very ignored “Actors that could be your pet” category. What made Toto’s very underappreciated performance even more exceptional was that this dog’s real name was Terry. Continue reading

Join Me in the Venture of Independent Filmmaking!

Okay, so you cannot really join me unless you walk away from your life, sacrificing all your sources of energy, time, income and working appliances to move here, however you can still help get an independent film “in the can” and “ready for bed.”

How? By helping to fund the production costs. Filmmaking is expensive, even the “low budget” stuff. This is independent, low budget and high quality. I’m not comparing Kimmy With It to Dirty Dancing, I only want to remind you that low budget does not necessarily equal bad results. I mean that little movie made a star out of Patrick Swayze and turned the already recognizable Jennifer Grey into a household name in the late 80s and even got a re-release in theaters for its 10-year anniversary — and that’s just talking about America. It’s continually being re-released in other countries, even as recently as this year! So toss away your erroneous thinking that small budgets and crowdfunding can only lead to garbage… I think I have just proven it just ain’t* so.

If you are interested in helping some starving artists produce a funny, funny film and then get to see your name in lights, okay well, not in the lights of a marquee, but pixellated lights on a television, telephone, computer screen or pad near you, then head on over to GoFundMe.

I did it and now I’m challenging each of you to be good little minions and do the same. It’s quick, it’s easy, and only a little painful. I’ll thank you now and the world will thank you later!

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*And, by the way, “ain’t” is now in the dictionary so I guess it’s now a word. But I gotta say, it’s still a fun little pneumonic device: “Ain’t ain’t a word ’cause it ain’t in the dictionary!”