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10,000 MEN is a feature documentary by Jane I. Wells and John-Keith Wasson
What is 10,000 MEN?
The Internet has created the golden age of the sex industry. It’s an $87 million a day business and it’s growing. The allure of pleasure is only one click away. Our film considers this ever-evolving landscape: its operators, its victims, the johns that fuel the business, and the cops who fight to stop it. This film is an intimate and definitive portrait of sex trafficking in America today.
Why are we making the film?
Working in the commercial sex industry is the most dangerous job in the world. Most of us think we understand the business of sex: what it is and what (if anything) should be done to control it. But the reality is complex and sinister. Caught up in it are young men and women who are trafficked. Others suffer enormous harm. Most of us turn a blind eye to the realities of this life.
We are making this film to show what really goes on "out there", answer questions people are afraid to ask, to highlight a difficult subject and to give voice to the people whose lives revolve around sex trafficking and the sex industry.
The promise of easy cash lures thousands of new sex workers each month. Some opt in by choice. But most don’t. Unsuspecting victims fall prey to the elaborate schemes of predatory pimps who are charming, street smart, and unscrupulous. They know that a girl can generate upwards of $300,000 a year.
We are on the cusp of change: some cops are noticing and legislators are recognizing the severity of the issue. In certain circles “victim” has replaced “prostitute” and pimps are increasingly classified as traffickers, earning stiffer sentences. Meanwhile, professional sex workers and pimps feel their livelihood is under siege.
What will my money go towards?
After two intense years of work, 10,000 MEN is nearly there. YOUR dollars will pay for our soundtrack, graphics, sound editing and other critical aspects of post-production.
YOU can enable us to cross the finish line. $50,000 is the absolute minimum we need for music, graphics and post-production. The more money we raise, the more dynamic our sound track and graphics will be. The more money we raise, the finer our fine-tuning will be. This is an all or nothing campaign. WE MUST GET TO OUR GOAL OF $50,000 by September 8th. If we fall one dollar short, we get NOTHING.
Join us in making this remarkable film a reality. Your support is critical! Donate whatever you can. You know and we know that every single dollar counts. Whether it’s $10 or $5,000, your contribution matters.
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JANE WELLS, Director/Producer
Jane Wells is an Emmy‐nominated filmmaker, journalist and the Founder and President of 3 Generations, a 501c3 not for profit organization. Jane produced The Devil Came On Horseback, which premiered at The Sundance Film Festival in 2007.
JOHN‐KEITH WASSON, Director/Cinematographer
John‐Keith is an award winning producer/director of Surviving Hitler: A Love Story. Surviving Hitler was the winner of the Full Frame Film Festival Inspiration Award, the Ojai Festival Theme Award, the Las Vegas Golden Ace Award, and the Kroll Fund for Jewish Documentary film award.
CRAIG MCKAY, Editor
Craig McKay is a feature film editor recognized with two Academy Award nominations for Reds and The Silence of the Lambs, and an Emmy Award for editing the NBC miniseries Holocaust. He has edited more than forty films including Philadelphia, The Manchurian Candidate, Cop Land, Maid in Manhattan and Babies.
BETH MORAN, Editor
Beth Moran has worked as an Editor and Visual Effect Editor on numerous features, documentaries, TV shows and short films. She has also worked with several acclaimed directors including Jonathan Demme, Ang Lee, and Mira Nair. 10,000 Men is the fourth film in which she has worked with Craig McKay, the second which they have co-edited.
We have finished the shoot and the edit is 90% complete, unless something truly extraordinary happens to one of our characters. Next is sound and music. We are ready to start the sound edit and hire a composer and license music rights.
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