The Turn Out tells the story of a trucker who discovers that an under-aged girl is being sex-trafficked at his local truckstop in Mineral Wells, West Virginia. He must decide if he will be moved to get involved or if he will remain a bystander.
Listen to Jennifer Kempton, survivor and founder of Ohio-based Survivor's Ink talk about why The Turn Out can make a difference:
We are currently in post-production and plan to complete our film in the second quarter of 2016. We believe The Turn Out has the power to spark conversation with people across the United States and ignite a call for action in the fight against modern-day slavery. Help us get to the finish line by coming on board!
The Turn Out is based on two years of documentary research with local outreach and awareness efforts of many organizations including the Athens Child Advocacy Center in Ohio and Truckers Against Trafficking.
The fictional aspects of the film are based on true stories shared with us by survivors of trafficking and child sex-abuse, as well as truckers, and advocates. Our cast includes people who have themselves had experiences that inspired the story and enriched their performances.
The film raises questions of women’s agency and victimization and counters the misconception that trafficking predominantly involves girls and women who come from outside the United States. This film highlights that a majority of the women committing a “crime” of solicitation are actually forced into it.
Listen to Ohio State Representative Teresa Fedor, a consultant on the film, talk about the reality in the United States regarding domestic sex trafficking. She has made this her bipartisan life work and after a long struggle, finally passed the “End Demand Act” in Ohio in June 2014.
Throughout our campaign, we will continue to update this section with film clips culled from our research including interviews with Judge Paul Herbert of CATCH Court and activist truckers.
Ruth and John Day for all of your love and support on both of our shoots, Bud Day (of Bud Day Trucking) for your rig and your trailer and driving the big truck for miles and miles, Liberty Truck Stop in Mineral Wells, WV for opening your home to us, welcoming our cast and crew into your family, and letting us shoot our film there... twice; Rocky Boots, Donkey Coffee, Susan and Dave Hostetler, and Brenda and Dick Kilbarger of Dogwood Crossing Truck Stop for letting us shoot in your space; Phillis Bibbie, Barbara Freeman, James Gagne, Jr., Robin Hawk, Rebecca Miller, and Regina Westerviller for sharing your stories; Baymont Inn, O Chocolate, Restaurant Salaam, and Frog Ranch Pickles in Athens, OH for your sustenance; and Penn State University College of Communications, the Institute for the Arts and Humanities and Ohio University School of Film, Ohio University College of Health Sciences and Professions, and Ohio University Research Committee for the funding and support.
... And especially OUR TALENTED CAST AND CREW without whom this film would never have come to life!
Kickstarter Page Design: Misha Hunt
Kickstarter Video Editors: Maria Gagas and Pablo Lopez
Kickstarter Video Cinematography: Yunze Zhang
Teaser Editors: Allen Rounsely and Pablo Lopez
Teaser Cinematography: Stephen Blahut, Jon Coy, and Dan Garee
Teaser Sound Mix and Design: Tom Hambleton of Undertone Music
Teaser Color Correction: Josh Spector
Risks and challenges
POST PRODUCTION: Films in general are a long process and we are working hard to secure that this film has the funding for a fine cut, sound edit, sound design, original composition, and completion in time for festival submission deadlines and educational releases.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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