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.
1 – Tim Matsui and "The Long Night," an Award-Winning DocumentaryMy 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.
2 - “The Long Night” A 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Contribute $30 for a 6x6 Fine Art Print of one of my most popular Instagram images:
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:
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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