Academy Award-winning director Jeffrey Brown, alongside Producer Jane Charles and two-time Oscar-winning Executive Producer Emma Thompson, recently launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for his first feature film, Sold.
The film was created to spread awareness about human trafficking and protect children from being trafficked. It shares the story about a young girl who risks everything for freedom after being trafficked from her mountain village in Nepal to a brothel in India. Notably, SOLD places the audience in her shoes to give voice to the millions of children who disappear every year.
Brown and his crew declared:
“Your support of this campaign is critical. With your help, we will raise awareness worldwide to rescue and rehabilitate children through our partner organizations United Way Worldwide, Walk Free Movement, Rotary International, Childreach International and EPCAT.”
Speaking about the new project, Thompson revealed to Huffington Post:
“It’s very rare… that a piece of art or of storytelling could really help to change things… but SOLD is one of those films. It’s a beautiful piece of work and it tells the unseen story of millions and millions of children.”
“The cast and crew were all taken through the red-light district of Sonagachi so everyone could see exactly what we were recreating … All the cast met with survivors of trafficking at a number of shelters so that they could see the resilience of these amazing women who had been through this ordeal … We brought Lisa Kristine to India to work with us and to work with Gillian as she prepared for the role … We shot in a location which had the same architecture as the red-light area. Everything we show is accurate in detail.”
The funds will go towards the following:
- $50,000: Theatrical release in five cities & promotion of our theatrical on-demand digital release worldwide.
- $100,000: Theatrical release in 10 cities, and further promotion of our theatrical on-demand release. We will be able to hire PR and increase community education for 3-4 months.
- $250,000: Theatrical release in 20 cities, a longer PR & digital media campaign and community education for 5-6 months.
- $500,000: Theatrical release in 50 cities, a PR & digital media campaign and community education for 12 months. It will also enable us to edit a 50-minute version of SOLD for schools, colleges, corporations.
Some of SOLD’s perks include bracelets, books, and buttons… but more important breakfast with the X-Files Gillian Anderson and Karaoke with Scream’s David Arquette. If successful, the film will be available in 27 theaters.
Since its launch, SOLD’s Indiegogo has successfully secured over $27,000 thanks to 202 backers. It is set to close at the end of November.
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