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Telling the raw stories of how Human Trafficking is affecting oil and natural gas communities in western North Dakota
Telling the raw stories of how Human Trafficking is affecting oil and natural gas communities in western North Dakota
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Project Description:

We are creating a 30 minute documentary that follows one of our team members who has been living in North Dakota for the past six months. The film is as follows:

Boom is the story of a recent college graduate who moves to North Dakota to get a job in the oil fields as a trucker. While immersed in the community he is confronted by a problem bigger than he could imagine: a vast network of human trafficking and criminal activity. Join him on his journey and some of the friends he makes along the way. Explore the social impact on residents and the surrounding industry. Go undercover into the night life, club scenes, and prostitution rings. Journey into the darkness of his thoughts as he gives personal monologues about his experiences, work, and struggles. Experience firsthand accounts from locals, truckers, and prostitutes in the area. Enter with us into some serious problems that are happening right under our noses.

Who We Are:

iEmpathize is a non-profit organization that fights to stop crimes committed against children. We believe that empathy is what will truly stop the exploitation of children on a daily basis. Our team also works to create persuasive media that educates and engages the public. Historically media has been used to articulate the voice of justice movements and inspire involvement. For example, during the transatlantic slave trade actual slave artifacts and media of the day were key in awakening people to abolition. Our team uses these same types of tools in our media. We use a mix of film, photography, artifacts, and sounds to communicate modern issues of injustice. Each frame of our films, the photography, and the artifacts are authentic to the kids and locations of their stories.

We have seen great success with other films we have produced. Two examples are our work with Mexico's Commission to End Human Trafficking and in the U.S. our partnership with Truckers Against Trafficking. Click either of the links above to see examples of our previous films or go to iEmpathize.org for more information.

North Dakota Landscapes
North Dakota Landscapes

UPDATE #1 - Soundtrack Confirmed

We have recently spoken with the band "Other Lives" from Stillwater, Oklahoma. "Other Lives" is an American Indie Rock band that brings together brass, wind, string, and percussion instruments to create a unique and soothing sound. In 2012 they were one of the official opening bands for "Radiohead". They have traveled the country and the world sharing their music and releasing critically well-received tracks. "Other Lives" has offered to personally craft the soundtrack for "Boom". What that means is that when the documentary is close to 90% finished, we will send them a raw cut to watch. They will then sit down, watch the documentary, and write the soundtrack to it as they watch. This will create a personal score for this film that will add value and some really cool sounds. Our team thanks "Other Lives" for their support of our work. 

Check out some of "Other Lives" music by clicking the links below:

What we've already Done: (The project is 70% completed)

  • Our initial research and media campaign strategy has been finished.
  • One of our team members  has been living in North Dakota as a truck driver to further validate our research.
  • We have already filmed the vast majority of the footage and interviews.
  • The relationships to use the media campaigns and do film showings have already been put in place

Where we need your help:

  • Two more interviews (One in Minneapolis, MN the other in Minot, ND) We are taking a 3 person film crew to each location to complete the last two interviews. The money is spread out between paying the camera crew, travel expenses, etc. - $6,400
  • Editing the film - $2,100
  • Kickstart fees $500

*** STRETCH GOALS WILL BE POSTED AT A LATER TIME***

Oil pumps surround the landscape
Oil pumps surround the landscape
Prostitution is in every hotel. Where there is prostitution, there is trafficking
Prostitution is in every hotel. Where there is prostitution, there is trafficking

Risks and challenges

That we present the issue in such a way that it does not reflect poorly on the oil industry, law enforcement, or the general community. We have done this well in the past by telling the story in such a way to not villainize anyone who may be around the issue except the victimizers themselves.

We have had great success in the trucking industry with our Truckers Against Trafficking Film. We feel strongly that we can recreate these successes in the oil industry and their surrounding communities.

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