I hope this update finds you relaxing and enjoying the festivities of the season. The Free Body Film team has been working hard over the past few months, sifting through what seems like countless hours of footage from our shoot in Portland last July to piece together the perfect story, the perfect short dance film with a unique mission. Here is a sneak peek:
It has been months since our last update and for that I apologize. Let me catch you up! Our film shoot that took place in July was an adventure of epic proportions. The shoot covered three days, each packed with 12 hours of filming. We worked in locations across the city of Portland from MAX stations on the West Side to industrial areas under the bridges of the East Side.
Over 20 crew members took part in the filming and worked to secure locations, set up equipment, direct photography, stage lights, design costumes, even stop traffic. 20 dancers of all ages came together for our days of experimenting with movement in diverse locations. A full day spent filming in a dusty warehouse was a challenge for every dancer but all were eager to stay in order to complete every shot.
A beloved Portland based choreographer helped to direct movement on camera and an incredible caterer kept us nourished and hydrated. Our project was even supported by local businesses; The Fehrenbacher Hof Coffee House, Elephants Delicatessen, and Por Que No? Taqueria donated coffee, meals, and treats for our cast and crew. The number of people who volunteered their time and dedicated themselves to our mid-summer shoot is truly a testament to the supportive spirit of Portland and to a collective commitment to art and social justice.
Since the time of our shoot, our Producer and Co-Directors have created several rough cuts of the film and as a team we have discussed, changed, edited, tweaked, and worked toward putting together the perfect piece. We want this film to speak as a statement of solidarity between artists in Portland and anti-human trafficking advocates in Kolkata, India. Such tedious work takes an incredible amount of dedication and we are almost finished!
I thank you so much for your support of this project as it is incredibly close to my heart. I thank you also for your patience as we near the completion of this film. We plan to have the film finalized within the next few weeks and we will be sending out copies as well as gifts in January. Once the film is finished, however, our work will not be done. Even today, too few people know the truth about the commercial sexual exploitation of youth, also known as domestic trafficking, which affects hundreds of thousands of children within our own country. Don't forget to celebrate National Human Trafficking Awareness Day on January 11th by learning more about what you can do to work against trafficking at home or abroad.
With much love and gratitude, thank you and Happy New Year from the entire Free Body Film team!