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Help finish a film that brings awareness to the realities of domestic sex trafficking at local truck stops set in Southern Appalachia.
Help finish a film that brings awareness to the realities of domestic sex trafficking at local truck stops set in Southern Appalachia.
319 backers pledged $35,465 to help bring this project to life.

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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.

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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 Hostetlerand Brenda and Dick Kilbarger of Dogwood Crossing Truck Stop for letting us shoot in your space; Phillis Bibbie, Barbara FreemanJames 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 FilmOhio 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!

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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.

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    Thank you for joining our team! We'll give a shout-out to you on Facebook and keep you updated on our film.

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    TRUCKERS' CIRCLE: Help us combat sex trafficking. If you have a CDL, you will get a special listing in the Truckers' Circle section of the film credits of The Turn Out and a shout-out on Facebook. Please consider giving more, and you will be automatically included in the TRUCKERS' CIRCLE.

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    Digital download of one of Pearl's PREVIOUS FILMS (your choice of Where Is Joel Baum or Williamsburg), plus the ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK and a shout-out on Facebook and a thank you on our film's WEBSITE.

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    Wear your support for the film with our custom-designed T-SHIRT, plus the original soundtrack and a shout-out on Facebook and a thank you on our film's WEBSITE.

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    TRUCKER HAT SPECIAL: wear your support for the film with our custom-designed Trucker Hat, plus download of the original soundtrack and a shout-out on Facebook and a thank you on our film's WEBSITE.

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    SIGNED COPY OF DIVAN: Get a signed copy of Pearl's first feature documentary Divan (2004), plus a digital download of one of her previous films (your choice of Where Is Joel Baum or Williamsburg), and a shout-out on Facebook and a thank you on our film's WEBSITE.

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    [EARLY BIRD SPECIAL] DIGITAL DOWNLOAD OF THE TURN OUT: Be one of the first people to view The Turn Out. We will send you a private link to a digital download and your name will be included in the THANK YOU section of the film credits. Note: The price will increase when these are sold out.

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    DIGITAL DOWNLOAD OF THE TURN OUT: Be one of the first people to view The Turn Out. We will send you a private link to a digital download and your name will be included in the THANK YOU section of the film credits.

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    DOWNLOAD & TRUCKER HAT: Be one of the first people to view The Turn Out. We will send you a private link to a digital download and your name will be included in the THANK YOU section of the film credits. Plus you can download one of Pearl's previous films (Where Is Joel Baum or Williamsburg) or get a Trucker Hat or T-Shirt.

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    PREMIERE: Two tickets to join us at a NYC theatrical premiere of The Turn Out. Be one of the first to see the film and get a chance to meet the director. Plus your name will be included in the THANK YOU section of the film credits.

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    If you cannot attend the premiere in NYC or a city near you, you can also choose to get digital downloads of The Turn Out, and Pearl's other films, plus a DVD of Divan. Your name will be included in the THANK YOU section of the film credits, and you will receive your choice of our custom-designed T-Shirt or Trucker Hat.

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    PREMIERE and AFTERPARTY: Two tickets to join us at a NYC theatrical premiere of The Turn Out. Be one of the first to see the film and join us at our afterparty. Plus your name will be included in the THANK YOU section of the film credits.

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    If you cannot attend the premiere in NYC or a city near you, you will receive the digital download of The Turn Out, a DVD of Divan, we will list you in the THANK YOU credits, and will send you our T-Shirt or Trucker Hat, plus an exclusive download link to investigative documentary footage that was gathered while researching The Turn Out.

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    SPECIAL THANK YOU FILM CREDIT AND PREMIERE: Two tickets to join us at the theatrical premiere of The Turn Out at the city of your choice. Be one of the first to see the film and join us at our afterparty. Plus we will list your name in the SPECIAL THANK YOU CREDIT section of the film.

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    [EARLY BIRD SPECIAL] STORYTELLING WORKSHOP: Pitch Pearl up to five pages of your next story and get a one-on-one workshop to perfect your idea. Plus be one of the first to see the film with a digital download of The Turn Out. Note: The price will increase when these are sold out.

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    STORYTELLING WORKSHOP: Pitch Pearl up to five pages of your next story and get a one-on-one workshop to perfect your idea. Plus be one of the first to see the film with a digital download of The Turn Out.

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    SCREENING OF DIVAN: Host a private screening of Divan, Pearl's first feature documentary with Pearl present. Plus receive a PALINKA DVD COLLECTION: all three of Pearl's films on DVD. Plus two tickets to join us at the theatrical PREMIERE of The Turn Out and our afterparty, and your name will be included in the SPECIAL THANK YOU section of the film credits. (This does not include travel costs outside NYC.)

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    HOST A SCREENING: We will send you the DVD of The Turn Out, our educational and call-to-action packet and Pearl will attend a Q&A on Skype at the screening that you host for the nonprofit organization of your choice or your family and friends.

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    EXPLORE THE ISSUE WITH DIRECTOR PRESENT: Host a private screening and explore the epidemic of sex trafficking for the organization of your choice. Dig deep into this issue during an in person Q&A with Pearl and an activist. (This does not include travel costs outside NYC.)

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    ART COLLECTOR: In memory of David Hostetler, a supporter of our film, an ORIGINAL DAVID HOSTETLER ETCHING with a special dedication to The Turn Out (see the pictures of the drawing and the dedication on the left). Plus we will include Keith Newman's award-winning documentary, "The Last Dance," on Hostetler's life and career.

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    Become an ASSOCIATE PRODUCER of The Turn Out with your name in the film credits and on IMDb. You and your guest will also be invited to one of our major film festival screenings, so you can enjoy your Associate Producer status! (This does not include travel costs.)

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    CO-PRODUCER CREDIT and LET'S FILM SOMETHING! You and your guest will be invited to one of our major film festival screenings, so you can enjoy your Co-producer status! In addition to getting Co-Producer credit, get access to a professional director. Pearl will collaborate with you or the organization of your choice to help perfect your idea and then she will spend up to 2 days filming it. (This does not include travel costs, any equipment costs, and post-production costs.)

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- (48 days)