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Help me build the social impact of my award winning documentary “The Long Night” and get the film to audiences everywhere.
Help me build the social impact of my award winning documentary “The Long Night” and get the film to audiences everywhere.
208 backers pledged $17,095 to help bring this project to life.

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For the Too Long; Didn't Read Crowd:

This is a powerful, intimate feature film on the sex trafficking of American minors. This engrossing documentary won first place awards in World Press Photo, Pictures of the Year, and Best of Photojournalism.
Communities are asking for a way to watch it on DVD, BluRay, and in theaters. Due to the high cost, distribution is currently limited to streaming.
With your help, I will broaden the audience in order to inform and create social change. 

1 – Tim Matsui and "The Long Night," an Award-Winning Documentary

My name is Tim Matsui and I am the director, cinematographer and producer behind the acclaimed documentary “The Long Night," a film which took four years of research and two years to shoot and produce.

I have has invested 15 years into reporting on trauma and victimization, starting with sexual violence, founding a non-profit on the issue, then reporting from southeast Asia on trafficking for sex and labor. There I focused on root causes of the issue before returning to Seattle to look at our domestic response.
A young sex worker in a Phnom Penh slum, Cambodia.
A young sex worker in a Phnom Penh slum, Cambodia.

2 -  “The Long NightA Film About Grassroots Efforts to Address Minor Sex Trafficking in the U.S.

After returning to the U.S., I began working on "The Long Night."

This spring, "The Long Night" won first place awards in the top three photojournalism competitions in the world, including World Press Photo, where an expected 100,000 viewers will see the film in exhibition.

It presents the lives of Lisa and Natalie. The two girls are from different homes, both caught in a seemingly endless cycle of abuse and exploitation. One makes it out of “the life.” The other continues to have run-ins with police who are trying to help her find a way out.

The film offers a raw look into an underworld where the prostitution of children is a mouse-click away. With the ethics and visual skill learned from my experience as a photojournalist, I take viewers along for a ride on the dark streets of an affluent, progressive American city.

The film was produced in partnership with MediaStorm and the Alexia Foundation. Continuing support from The Fledgling Fund and Blue Earth Alliance.

Lisa in a Motel.
Lisa in a Motel.

3 – Beyond the Film: Creating Social Change

The goal of the project goes beyond the impact of a single film; it is turning the movie into a movement. The film uses documentary storytelling to engage communities, start the conversation on domestic minor sex trafficking, and lead to social action and systems change.

The film is available for streaming, but audiences are asking for more; they want it in theaters, community events, and living rooms across the country.

I want to help people create their own gatherings, where they can watch the film and engage in conversation on the issue.

The impact campaign is in partnership with A Fourth Act and their innovative mobile application, which measures the audience's emotional response; the impact campaign is supported in part by a grant from The Fledgling Fund.

“The Long Night” is not only a movie, but a catalyst for change, and we need your help!

Natalie made it out the life.
Natalie made it out the life.

4 – Why a Kickstarter Campaign?

This is about taking the movie to the audience, wherever they are.

Currently, the theatrical cut of the film is only available online as streaming content. I need your help to put the film into formats the audience - you - can use. 

Lisa, after a month in jail for violating prostitution laws near Seattle, anticipates her release. Just in time to spend Christmas with her family.
Lisa, after a month in jail for violating prostitution laws near Seattle, anticipates her release. Just in time to spend Christmas with her family.

The Two Aims for Our Kickstarter:

1 - Raising Money for File Preparation and Conversion.

I am receiving requests from communities across the country. The film works online, but audiences are asking for other ways to watch the film. I want to make sure the film can be shown in any theater, university, school, church, or town hall in America. To do so, I need to create DVDs and BluRay, allowing me to send it to schools, city governments, law enforcement agencies and others.

Recognition at the World Press Photo Awards Ceremony by His Royal Highness, Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands.
Recognition at the World Press Photo Awards Ceremony by His Royal Highness, Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands.

2 - Create Social Change.

This project is about using a window into child exploitation to spark community discussion around prevention, root causes, and solutions.  

This is a truly grassroots effort to tell stories of the human condition. This is not a commercial endeavor. I am not looking for big money or Oscar wins.

I simply want to make it easy for the audience to view the film. 

The world premiere of The Long Night in Seattle, WA.
The world premiere of The Long Night in Seattle, WA.

How Will We Spend the Money?

$6000 File preparation and conversion.

$5300 DVD and BluRay production, cases, etc.

$1500 for hidden costs. Campaigns are tricky and always have unexpected costs. This precaution is to ensure successful delivery.

$1200 goes to Kickstarter (5 percent) and Amazon Payments (3 percent).

$1000 Estimated Shipping Costs for Backer Rewards

What if We are WILDLY Successful?

If the campaign exceeds expectation, I’ll stay true to the intent of this project, which is to educate communities across America, enabling them to be proactive in addressing minor sex trafficking.  

When I asked Natalie why she was sharing her story, she said "if it helps one girl."

NEWLY ADDED REWARDS!

Contribute $25 for 20 images in a digital portfolio.

Samples from my Outdoor Collection
Samples from my Outdoor Collection

Contribute $30 for a 6x6 Fine Art Print of one of my most popular Instagram images:

North Ridge of Mt. Stuart
North Ridge of Mt. Stuart

Contribute $45 for an 8x10 or $750 for a Limited Edition, Signed 16x20 Fine Art Print of one of my most popular images, the Inupiat Whaling Boat:

Inupiat Whaling Boat, Kivalina, Alaska
Inupiat Whaling Boat, Kivalina, Alaska

Risks and challenges

I am working with a close team of friends who have extensive experience in project management.

As an award-winning filmmaker, I am used to the trials encountered in the world of video production and am confident that the project will be a success.

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    Portfolio of 20 Digital Images from my Outdoor Collection
    These images will inspire you. For me, they’re a reminder of the importance of an outdoor connection. And to get out every weekend I can. They’ll look great on your computer or tablet.

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    6x6 inch Fine Art Print.
    The crowd said so. It’s one of my most popular Instagram images featuring the North Ridge of Mt. Stuart. Nearly 12,000 likes and 366,000 reach on Facebook. And it’s yours as a print, not just in your news feed! (check it out below)

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    Our thanks, and mention on our social media platforms, and a DVD or Blu-Ray of the film.

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    8x10 Fine Art print.
    This image is, arguably, my most popular image. Made on assignment for Der Spiegel in Kivalina, Alaska, this traditional Inupiat whaling boat rests at ready. This was one of my most interesting and cool assignments ever. (check it out below)

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    A huge thank you, a "The Long Night" poster, and the DVD or Blu-Ray.

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    6x20 Fine Art Print
    Again, arguably my most popular image but this is a limited, signed edition print that’s sold for $1000. Very few people have (less than 10, including myself!).
    Within moments of arriving at the whaling camp, I walked to this boat, composed the frame and made this image. Shortly after, a motor boat was hauled to the ice, changing the scene.
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    A one hour interview with Tim Matsui over the phone / Skype, or an in-person interview in the Seattle area, an autographed poster from Tim Matsui, all deleted scenes, and the DVD or Blu-Ray

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    A special thank you credit at every viewing presented by Tim Matsui, an interview with Tim Matsui, all deleted scenes, an autographed poster, and the DVD or Blu-Ray.

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    Tim Matsui will attend* and present the film at your event, be it a living room or theater, followed by a Q&A or a panel discussion with local experts,** a special thank you credit at every viewing presented by Tim Matsui, an interview with Tim Matsui, all deleted scenes, an autographed poster, and the DVD or Blu-Ray.

    * backer covers travel/accommodation.
    ** panel discussion depends on availability of local experts; help will be provided in organizing.

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