In June, we wrapped up a cross-Canada film tour with our documentary, Red Light Green Light. Here are some road highlights from the last 8 months:
- Did 85 screenings across 8 provinces
- Survived snowstorms in Thunder Bay and the Rockies
- Collected thousands of petition signatures
- Met dozens of MPs, MPPs, MLAs, police officers, social workers, and other service providers
- Met survivors of exploitation/abuse in almost every audience
- Testified before the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights on Bill C-36
While Canada has been our focus to date, trafficking prevention is something that every country needs to be discussing. This fall, we will be headed across the border to do a U.S. film tour! We want to plant seeds of awareness with the hope that each state will adopt laws and initiatives that prevent commercial sexual exploitation. We hope to partner with local organizations that are already doing important work, and believe that Red Light Green Light could be a valuable tool to rally up support for anti-trafficking efforts across the country. So here’s where you come in. Do you know anyone in the U.S. who would be interested in hosting a screening of Red Light Green Light? Our plan is to hit the following states:
Upstate New York (ie. Niagara Falls/Buffalo/Utica/Syracuse)
New York City NY
Jacksonville/Daytona Beach/Orlando FL
San Antonio/Dallas TX
Las Vegas NV
San Diego CA
Los Angeles CA
Santa Barbara/Monterey/Santa Cruz/San Jose CA
San Francisco CA
Sacramento CA/Redding CA/Eugene OR/Salem OR
Spokane/Missoula/Helena/Butte/Great Falls MT
Colorado Springs/Denver CO
Kansas City MO
Gary/Kalamazoo/Grand Rapids/Lansing/Ann Arbor/Indianapolis MI
Cincinnati OH/Dayton OH/Columbus OH/Pittsburgh PA
Akron OH/Cleveland OH/Toledo OH/Detroit MI
Take some time right now, or in the next few days, to contact your American friends and encourage them to host a screening of the film in their community. If you know folks on our route that might be willing to jump on board (and who might have the connections and capability to pull off a good event), we’d love for your to connect us!
The easiest way is for you to shoot an introduction email their way and CC Michelle (firstname.lastname@example.org), and she will follow up with more details. Here’s a sample you can personalize and email to your friends (be sure to include the links so they can check out the website and trailer):
Hi ___________, I’d like to introduce you to Michelle Brock, the co-director of Red Light Green Light, a documentary about sex trafficking. Michelle and her husband Jay run a charity called Hope for the Sold, and went to 10 countries to examine the best ways to prevent commercial sexual exploitation. They just finished an 85 city cross-Canada tour with the film, including a Parliamentary screening for government officials in Ottawa, as well as a bunch of churches, universities, and women’s crisis shelters.
Jay and Michelle are currently planning a film tour in the U.S., and are looking for schools, churches, and other groups that might be interested in hosting a screening in the fall. I’ve CC’d Michelle on this email, and she will send you a follow up email with some more details. In the meantime, you can check out the film trailer and synopsis right here.
Excited to bring Red Light Green Light to the U.S. of A!