We're all connected to Human Trafficking. It's time to Break the Chain.

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Break the Chain has received a Fiscal Sponsorship through the non-profit Driftseed - an organization dedicated to raising awareness for gender-based issues through the use of art and documentary storytelling.  Your tax-deductible donation will help us continue our work in educating communities about the issue of human trafficking by supplying:

 

  • Educational Discussion Guides for students to accompany the Film
  • Distribution & Educational Screening materials
  • Break the Chain Apparel
  • Film Festival Entry fees

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About the Film

Produced and Directed by Michigan documentary filmmakers, Laura E. Swanson and Kirk Mason, ‘Break the Chain’  is an award-winning feature-length documentary film that addresses the often "hidden-in-plain-sight" issue of Human Trafficking within Michigan communities and the United States.  The film chronicles two survivors of Human Trafficking - providing a detailed look at how trafficking goes unnoticed within our backyards.  Kwami, a child survivor of Labor Trafficking, was enslaved for nearly five years with three other children in Ypsilanti, Michigan before anyone noticed.  Debbie, a survivor of Sex Trafficking, takes us through her experience of being sold for sex around the Detroit-Area between the ages of 13 and 18.

 

Accompanying the stories of these survivors are nearly 20 interviews with researchers, Senators, non-profit organizations, legal service agencies, law enforcement officers and several artists actively working to raise awareness for this global issue. The film teaches us that what we see in the media about human trafficking is one small sensationalized form - that it occurs anywhere and everywhere within our world.  More importantly, viewers will learn how we are all connected to this extremely profitable business and that we have the power to choose what we support, and ultimately, how we break the chain.

 

 HOW THE FILM IS USED

Break the Chain was developed to provide an accurate and educational entertainment resource that can be utilized in trainings and community awareness events throughout the United States.

 

Currently, we are partnering with police, public schools, universities, state courts, child-services, shelters and nonprofit organizations for Public Screenings and Private Trainings on the issue of Human Trafficking.

 

 

Screenings

 

Mt. Pleasant, MI

 

February 9th, 2018

 

Time TBD

 

 

Mid Michigan Community College

 

Ventura, CA

 

February 21, 2018

 

5:30-8pm

Director Laura E. Swanson in attendance

Museum of Ventura County - US Acorn Project, Polaris Project

 

Santa Barbara, CA

 

February 21st, 2018

 

Place & Time TBD

Director Laura E. Swanson in attendance

 

Human Rights Watch

 

Santa Barbara, CA

 

February 22, 2018

 

12-2pm

Director Laura E. Swanson in attendance

Standing Sun Winery, US Acorn Project, Human Rights Watch

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Resources

The Crew

Laura E. Swanson

Co-Director / Producer / Production Manager

Kirk Mason

Co-Director / Editor

Emily Sigler

Associate Producer

Michael Nabozny

Editor / Crew

Caitlin Woudstra

Associate Producer / Crew

Garrett Gillingham Music Composer

David Root

Crew

Casey Shipman

Associate Producer

Hunter Pamer

Crew

Emily Chen

Crew

Jennifer Berggren

Crew

Dani Dillon

Associate Producer / Crew

Ian Siporin

Crew

Savannah Smith

Crew

Chloe Hiner

 Production Assistant / Community Outreach

Erica Marra
Production Assistant / Social Media Marketing

Becca Robinson

Production Assistant

Kristina Moore

Graphic Designer

Tyler Lux

Web Designer

Jena McShane

Photographer

Casey Olsen

Production Assistant

Elena Petrovich

Intern / Education Guide Coordinator

Elizabeth Weitzel

Writer/Editor

Contact

 

For more information please contact the producer,

Laura E. Swanson

(517) 331-0766

breakthechainproject@gmail.com

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We're all connected to Human Trafficking. It's time to Break the Chain.

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About the Film

Produced and Directed by Michigan documentary filmmakers, Laura E. Swanson and Kirk Mason, ‘Break the Chain’  is an award-winning feature-length documentary film that addresses the often "hidden-in-plain-sight" issue of Human Trafficking within Michigan communities and the United States.  The film chronicles two survivors of Human Trafficking - providing a detailed look at how trafficking goes unnoticed within our backyards.  Kwami, a child survivor of Labor Trafficking, was enslaved for nearly five years with three other children in Ypsilanti, Michigan before anyone noticed.  Debbie, a survivor of Sex Trafficking, takes us through her experience of being sold for sex around the Detroit-Area between the ages of 13 and 18.

 

Accompanying the stories of these survivors are nearly 20 interviews with researchers, Senators, non-profit organizations, legal service agencies, law enforcement officers and several artists actively working to raise awareness for this global issue. The film teaches us that what we see in the media about human trafficking is one small sensationalized form - that it occurs anywhere and everywhere within our world.  More importantly, viewers will learn how we are all connected to this extremely profitable business and that we have the power to choose what we support, and ultimately, how we break the chain.

 

 HOW THE FILM IS USED

Break the Chain was developed to provide an accurate and educational entertainment resource that can be utilized in trainings and community awareness events throughout the United States.

 

Currently, we are partnering with police, public schools, universities, state courts, child-services, shelters and nonprofit organizations for Public Screenings and Private Trainings on the issue of Human Trafficking.

 

Screenings

 

February 9th, 2018 - Mt. Pleasant, MI -Mid Michigan Community College - Time TBD

 

February 21st, 2018 - Santa Barbara, CA - Director Laura E. Swanson in attendance - Human Rights Watch - Place & Time TBD

 

February 21, 2018 - Ventura, CA - Director Laura E. Swanson in attendance - Museum of Ventura County - US Acorn Project, Polaris Project - 5:30-8pm

 

February 22, 2018 - Santa Barbara, CA - Director Laura E. Swanson in attendance - Standing Sun Winery, US Acorn Project, Human Rights Watch - 12-2pm

Partners

Film Subjects

Resources

The Crew

Laura E. Swanson

Co-Director / Producer / Production Manager

Kirk Mason

Co-Director / Editor

Emily Sigler

Associate Producer

Michael Nabozny

Editor / Crew

Caitlin Woudstra

Associate Producer / Crew

Garrett Gillingham

Music Composer

David Root

Crew

Casey Shipman

Associate Producer

Hunter Pamer

Crew

Emily Chen

Crew

Jennifer Berggren

Crew

Dani Dillon

Associate Producer / Crew

Ian Siporin

Crew

Savannah Smith

Crew

Chloe Hiner

Production Assistant / Community Outreach

Erica Marra

Production Assistant / Social Media Marketing

Becca Robinson

Production Assistant

Kristina Moore

Graphic Designer

Tyler Lux

Web Designer

Jena McShane

Photographer

Casey Olsen

Production Assistant

Elena Petrovich

Intern / Education Guide Coordinator

Elizabeth Weitzel

Writer/Editor

Contact

For more information or to request a screening, please contact the producer,

Laura E. Swanson

(517) 331-0766

breakthechainproject@gmail.com

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Michael Nabozny

Editor / Crew

Caitlin Woudstra

Associate Producer / Crew

Garrett Gillingham

Music Composer

Elena Petrovich

Intern / Education Guide Coordinator

Elizabeth Weitzel

Writer/Editor

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