About our Film Elena

Short Summary

About the film:

A woman escapes the trafficking ring but is unable to recall who she is. With the help of a rehabilitation center she reclaims her memory and her life.

Based on five true stories of women who escaped human trafficking.

 

Budget Breakdown:

 

What We Need to accomplish this & What You Get for Helping

 

What We Need To Make it Happen.

This is considered a very low-budget film, and we have diligently planned out what to invest in to bring this story to life. Between equipment, costumes, and locations, professionally producing a film isn’t as cheap as one would wish, and we’re hoping for your support! We are planning on a 6-day shoot for this film, and your contribution will help pay for: equipment, fuel, locations, costumes, props, cast, crew, distribution

Equipment (Every bit of equipment one of us does not own, we will need to rent, such as a film camera as well as lighting and sound equipment.)

Production/Costume Design  (The visual world is very important to this story. It will be worth it...we promise!)

Locations (we need to book a large house and several more locations to film in)

Fair pay for crew and cast (We need a DP, sound operator, production designer, hair/makeup/costume designer,  music rights and over 5 actors to name a few. It takes a village to make a film, and we want to pay our team fairly and properly.)

Festival Submission Fees (We have big aspirations for where we want to take this film... Submission fees can range from $20-$50 each, and they add up.)

 

Distribution breakdown

This story comes from real people with different names and your donation will go toward this film which will:

Be shown in schools to age appropriate teens

Film fests (1000's of adults)

and our end goal would be streaming which has unlimited potential to wide reach

 ALL profits go straight to the nonprofit organizations Remember Nhu & Wellspring living that make a change and help DAILY.

Distribution to educational systems including but not limited to: schools, and film festivals, focused in the Dallas and Atlanta cities first and foremost, where it will be seen by even more students, artists and creative professionals to be inspired to create for change. Last but not least, we will be submitting this to streaming services to widen human trafficking awareness and raise even more funds dedicated to ending trafficking at the source through Wellspring Living and Remember Nhu.

Goal: To speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves!

To raise awareness for human trafficking

To educate

To make a change

To give profits to the nonprofits that help - a rehabilitation center and trafficking prevention organization (both nonprofits): Wellspring Living https://wellspringliving.org/about/ in ATL Georgia and Remember Nhu ( https://remembernhu.org/ ).

 

Remember Nhu is...

" a nonprofit committed to ending child sex slavery through prevention. With the support of people like you, we currently have 117 homes for children in 16 countries and have prevented over 2,250 children from being sold."

Remember Nhu's site link is below:

https://remembernhu.org/?mwm_id=564202898085&gclid=CjwKCAiAxJSPBhAoEiwAeO_fP4G5OPaFlyFTmGSCvNo9yxLpKYlUFoHC1r9c7dAmHvtpZr8gR24ldRoCq8YQAvD_BwE

Wellspring living is...

"Wellspring Living’s vision is to live in a world where every victim of sexual exploitation has access to transformative care. Wellspring Living is a leader in the nation for residential care and through the Wellspring Living Institute is able to educate, train and mentor organizations around the world. "

Wellspring Living's site link is below:

https://wellspringliving.org/

 

 The Statistics and the Impact

With an estimated 24.9 million victims worldwide at any given time, human traffickers prey on adults and children of all ages, backgrounds, and nationalities, exploiting them for their own profit. There are amazing organizations to help but many aren't even aware that these organizations exist! Most people don't understand how prevalent this situation is and how close it is to THEM. 

The Impact

Globally-

24.9 million people are victims of forced labor. (Researched 2017 studies)

4.8 million people are trafficked for forced sexual exploitation. 

4.1 million people are trafficked for forced labor in state-imposed forced labor. It is estimated that 20.9 million people are trafficked worldwide. 

Women and girls are disproportionately affected by human trafficking, accounting for 71% of all victims.

3.8 million adults are trafficked for forced sexual exploitation and 1.0 million children are trafficked for commercial sexual exploitation.

In the USA:

(The National Human Trafficking Hotline maintains one of the most extensive data sets on the issue of human trafficking in the United States.)

48,326 CONTACTS THIS YEAR

11,500 HUMAN TRAFFICKING CASES REPORTED THIS YEAR

Victims and Survivors Identified:

High Indicators7,491

Moderate Indicators14,916

Calls From Victims & Survivors10,490

 

In Georgia Alone:

1,057

CONTACTS THIS YEAR

417

HUMAN TRAFFICKING CASES REPORTED THIS YEAR

VICTIMS & SURVIVORS IDENTIFIED

High Indicators1,188

Moderate Indicators530

Calls From Victims & Survivors299

Other Ways You Can Help

 

We want to thank you for supporting us and supporting those who cannot speak for themselves for contributing to this production! Thank you!

WHO ARE WE
Hi I'm Brooke Butterworth writer and Producer of over 50 short films and have been acting professionally for over ten years. After directing over 10 short films I went back to film school in 2013 and graduated in 2017 with a bachelors in media communications in Film. For several years now I have been creating and editing films, commercials, and short films. I researched for this project for over 6 years (interviewing, transcribing, researching studies and studying human lives associated with the topic). All together, I've been writing it for about three years now. Most recently in 2020, I directed a documentary about a big jazz band in Asheville premiering 2022/2023. Griffin and I met while working on his short film in 2020. I played one of the leads acting in his film while he directed. I was incredibly impressed by the on-set atmosphere. The crew and teamwork is one of the best I've ever encountered. They were the best choices in my opinion to make this film. Luckily, Griffin has a heart for this film's topic.
Together with Griffin Watson, we created a team of hardworking individuals to make this film.

Certifications:

Griffin and I both have Bachelor's Degrees in Film.

Experience:

Produced and worked in over 90 productions collectively.

Awards:

Student Emmy Awards 2017
-Best Screenplay
FFFilm Festival 2011

-Nominated Best Short Film

Highbridge film festival 2016 & 2017

-Best Actress

International Accolade Awards 2018
-Best Short Film
FFFilm Festival 2012
-Best Director
-Nominated Best Short Film
     

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