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Insatiable: A film about change and a madam's struggle to free sex-trafficked slaves.
Insatiable: A film about change and a madam's struggle to free sex-trafficked slaves.
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There are more slaves today than at any point in human history.
There are more slaves today than at any point in human history.
There are 1.39 million victims of commercial sexual servitude worldwide.
There are 1.39 million victims of commercial sexual servitude worldwide.

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Short Synopsis

A charged tale based on love, sacrifice and morality, "Insatiable" depicts the depraved, inhumane world of sex trafficking.  The madam of a San Francisco brothel struggles with her guilt, which is heightened after her daughter becomes smitten with a sex slave. Through the daughter's love, the madam sees the slave as a human being. A shifted perspective motivates the madame to come up with a redeeming scheme to help the trafficked victims.

The Background

We tell an impassioned story on how love and clarity challenge one's own sense of morality.  This film shows that humanity can change and break vicious criminal cycles.  We follow Wen's narrative, a Madame of a sex trafficked brothel, masked as a massage parlor, who confronts her own sense of immorality.  It then gets heightened when her daughter falls in love with one of Wen's sex slaves

The Importance

Modern slavery is one of our generation's most heinous invisible crimes.  A fast paced world leaves a large population disfranchised since it is unable to make ends meet.  This population becomes vulnerable to coercion by traffickers.  There are many forms of trafficking (sex, labor and servitude).  Sex trafficked victims will be the focus of the film.  There is no definitive number, but the estimates are 21-27 million trafficked victims exist right now.

The Relevancy

Almost 80% of Americans and most modern society use the internet daily. Most of us over look ads that advertise for women soliciting services (sex, escort, labor, etc). Then there is a small population who seeks out internet postings for girl sex workers. Because the internet is faceless, they assume these listings are posted by the girls themselves. Unfortunately, sometimes they are not and a growing number are becoming this way. So, even without the malicious intentions we assist traffickers to solicit coerced girls. We assist by simply not questioning. Read about this occurring in NYC's Backpages here.  (similar to Craigslist)

President Obama, along with other politicians, have pledged to fight human trafficking.  In addition to politicians, Hollywood stars like Mira Sorvina, Susan Sarandon and Jackie Chan support organizations and charities that are active in the fight against trafficking.

California just passed an anti-trafficking proposition this past November, by an overwhelming 81%. We do not endorse this proposition, we just want to illuminate that this is an indication people are ready to unite in the fight against trafficking.

Some Online Research on Trafficking

The current committed team

Eun-ah Lee (Director of Photography)

Eun-ah was born and raised in Asia and spent half of her years in America. She studied cinematography at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. Prior to film, she was trained as a painter in Seoul and in the States.

Her films have played at many international festivals, including Cannes, Sundance, Pusan. Few of Eun-ah's features were released theatrically in 2012. Delhi In a Day, directed by Prashant Nair; The Skinny, directed by Patrik Ian Polk. The Sea is All I Know, stars Oscar winner Melissa Leo, directed by Jordan Bayne was oscar run in 2011. Her recent documentary work with Woody Allen was aired on PBS 2012.

Eun-ah looks forward to another collaboration with Jackee and Rhoda on this new an exciting feature.

Eun-ah in action.
Eun-ah in action.

Rhoda Jordan  (Associate Producer)

A writer, actress, and producer, Rhoda Jordan runs Wildlight Entertainment, LLC in Los Angeles with her husband. Wildlight is a production company that oversees the making of motion pictures in all phases of production. Big Screen Entertainment Group recently released Wildlight's first film, Rule of Three, on DVD and Netflix. The film performed well on the festival circuit, garnering praise from The Montreal Gazette, The Austin Chronicle, Fangoria, Dread Central, Monsters & Critics, and many more.  At present, Rhoda is getting ready to co-direct a new apocalyptic feature film with her husband. She is also ready to take on the role of Associate Producer.

Rhoda on set in action
Rhoda on set in action

From Rhoda herself:  "I'm excited to be involved in this very special project. Its story is full of such heart, rawness, and honesty. I truly believe in it. I believe in its ability to connect with people. To open all of our eyes to the heartbreaking reality of human trafficking, and possibly even propel us toward more meaningful action, conversation, and reflection."

Rhoda's IMDB

John Hennigan (special appearance)

John is an ex-WWE wrestler and recently retired from wrestling to do full time acting.  He now gets to pursue his first love and only working on projects he deems exciting and challenging.  John supports the anti-trafficking message of the film and deems it an important social topic to bring to the surface.

John on the set of "The Darkness Descending."
John on the set of "The Darkness Descending."

Fund Usage

We are raising the minimum money to seed a portion of our production budget. Any funds raised above our goal, will be used subsequently for post-production, distribution strategies and publicity.  We want to give the film the highest production quality possible. 

We are an experienced team of professionals that will see this film to completion.  Thank you for joining us in this adventure.

Risks and challenges

There has been success in Kickstarter fundraised films. Kickstarter fueled the indie filmmaking world with renewed energy to be able to tell stories with some backing from its community. Here is a short cover story about those successes.

http://www.dailydot.com/entertainment/kickstarter-funded-movies-oscar-nominated/

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