The day is finally here – Red Light Green Light is now available for purchase! Since we’re total newbies at this distribution thing, it’s taken us a long time to sort out the logistics, but we’re happy to announce that you can now buy the film via VHX, iTunes, and Amazon.
The last 3 years have been a wild ride.
The idea for the film was birthed in a basement apartment in the rainy countryside of Vancouver Island, launching us into a year of fundraising and research. Hope for the Sold blog readers and other supporters stepped up to the plate, allowing us to raise just enough to hit the road. I remember the day we timidly stepped onto the plane bound for Europe, scared of all the unknowns and unsure of how this whole thing would work out.
Our adaptor malfunctioned on the first day, resulting in smoke bursting out of the socket, and we begged and pleaded an electronics store employee who barely spoke English to let us purchase another adaptor before the store opened, so we’d make it to our first interview on time. Once we got to the interview, we pretended to be pro filmmakers – though it was our first time using all the fancy equipment we’d learned how to use just a few days before.
I remember booking a flight to Las Vegas without any interviews confirmed, only to arrive and discover that it was human trafficking awareness week and the entire anti-trafficking community of Nevada was in town for the exact dates we were there. Needless to day, we got some incredible interviews, like Andrea, the mother of a trafficking victim, and Chris, a detective who specialized in busting pimps.
I recall going to a carnival in Amsterdam after a week of listening to difficult, horrific stories, and getting on a fast ride in an effort to shake it all off. Jay and I both felt like we were coming up for air, and in that moment realized the realities of compassion fatigue and the importance of not being consumed by the darkness of the topic.
And then, for 8 months, we waded through 100 hours of footage, parsing stories and statistics and selecting music and visuals.
We set a film premiere date and pulled some almost-all nighters with our epic team at Bottled Media (literally sleeping at the studio at times), and managed to finish it with a few hours to spare. I was so exhausted at the premiere that when I introduced my brother-in-law’s girlfriend to a group of friends, in my sleep-deprived stupor I accidentally said, “this is Ben’s girlfriend, it’s just a summer thing” – my intent had been to say, “this is Ben’s girlfriend, they’ve been dating since the summer.” (Side note: they are now married and she graciously forgave me for the awkward moment.)
We packed up our diesel Jetta and did a 100-city North America tour, screening the film to audiences across Canada and the US. We testified in Parliament before the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights on Bill C-36, which passed into law this time last year.
Several groups have continued to do viewings in their communities by ordering screening packages, but many have asked us about how they can purchase the documentary for themselves. You can now buy a digital version of Red Light Green Light by clicking on any of the options below:
If you’d like to show the film to a larger audience at your school, church, or community, you can purchase an event license here.
36,165 people have watched the film trailer, 10,000+ people have seen Red Light Green Light as part of a LIVE audience, and on top of that, the film has been shown on Canadian, US, and Australian TV. We’d like to expose the doc to even more people, so please share this post via social media and encourage your friends to do the same! You can also purchase the documentary through the Red Light Green Light website.
In the next few months, we hope to announce our next project. Sign up for the Hope Weekly newsletter to get all the updates first!