To educate yourself about the issue and help, look up the foundation International Network of Hearts. They run shelters in Tijuana to help the runaway victims of sex trafficking.In their words:"Our mission is to restore the lives of survivors of human trafficking and prevent commercial sexual exploitation and forced labor through increased awareness, training, advocacy and collaboration at an interdisciplinary and international level.Ou vision is a world where children and adults are valued, protected from violence and exploitation, and their human rights are respected."
We shot the film with a skeleton crew and my good friends the Joelsons running a pair of hacked Canon 5D's processing RAW images.
Behind the scenes pics by Rebecca Joelson.
The part of the migrant is played by Alberto Avila. A theater student in Tijuana, I felt the role belonged to him. Having worked a wide gamut of manual jobs and even getting slashed by a thief's knife while he worked as a convenience store cashier, he brought immediate life to the character. This was his first time acting in a movie.
For the role of the girl, Andrea Ortiz was a natural fit. Her character transpires hope and innocence. A high school student, this was her first time acting in a film.
The trafficker is played by Antonio Jaramillo. I needed an experienced actor for this character, and with his tired eyes and mysterious demeanor, Antonio fit the bill. He's played in Oliver Stone's 'Savages' and Rockstar's 'Red Dead Redemption', as well as recurring appearances on television in 'Dallas', 'Meet the Browns' and 'Shades of Blue'. Before he made it to Hollywood I had casted him in my first ever short film I made while at film school. We've now gone full circle.
Christine IDiivil Adams plays the role of the trafficker's 'girlfriend'.
The role of the trafficker's lieutenant is played by Eduardo Breton.
The girl's fake 'date' is played by Angel Valdez Diaz. Like Andrea and Alberto, this was his first time acting in a film.
Part of team Tijuana.
All of team San Diego
Se BuscaThe short film premiered September 12th 2015 at the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego. producer | director | editor
And the migrant.In this particular still image from the film, you can see Tijuana in the foreground and Downtown San Diego, California in the back. It takes 5 minutes to drive into Mexico, but crossing back to the US (if you have a visa) takes hours on average.
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