Archives For Project 16:9

Films with a destination.

As I sit and type this, it’s hard to imagine there are hundreds of thousands of modern-day slaves trapped in brothels. I sip my coffee and browse Facebook, and somewhere, maybe just a few blocks away, a child is being exploited for money. A sort-of numbness hits me, as if the problem is so big, so frightening, and so dangerous that my soul goes into shock. I finish my coffee, wish a friend happy birthday, and log off.

When my Nashville friends, Bella Veritas, told me about their latest film, I was floored. Titled 10 Seconds, the film explores the humanity of human trafficking and sexual addiction. They managed to marry their passion for filmmaking with their heart for those in bondage in a way that makes tangible the fight against human trafficking.

Bella Veritas were kind enough to answer some questions about their project, as well as share some ways you can help fight human trafficking in your own community.

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[16:9] Caine’s Arcade

Dan Baker —  April 13, 2012

Project 16:9 features films with a destination, whether it be an awareness driven documentary or a question-raising narrative. Right or wrong, these films know where they’re going.

Cardboard and Packing Tape

When I was a youngin’ we lived clear out in the desert, a good 20 minute drive from civilization. There weren’t many kids my age out there, so I had to find creative ways to entertain myself. With cardboard and hot glue I created fantasy landscapes for my action figures and weapons to chase my little brother around with.

When I saw Caine’s Arcade, my heart melted. Caine Monroy, a 9-year-old living in East L.A., having to spend an entire summer alone stranded at his Dad’s auto parts shop, built an elaborate arcade out of nothing but cardboard and packing tape. Filmmaker Nirvan Mullick was equally smitten as I, and organized a surprise that Caine will never, ever forget. I won’t ruin it for you, so watch for yourself:

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Many of us who rallied behind Jason Russell and Invisible Children, who found a spark of hope for the world in Kony 2012, now face the difficult task of reconciling our zeal for the aforementioned and the tragic event that unfolded this past Thursday.

Coincidentally, that same day my good friend and collaborator Kent Smith was defending his support of Kony 2012, and had these very wise words that, now more than ever, seem necessary to share:

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[16:9] Kony 2012

Dan Baker —  March 14, 2012

Project 16:9 features films with a destination, whether it be an awareness driven documentary or a question-raising narrative. Right or wrong, these films have a destination clearly in mind.

Let’s make Joseph Kony famous!

I saw it first here: Derek Webb re-tweeting Jason Bateman. Within minutes, Facebook was ablaze with Kony fever. At 93-million views on YouTube and Vimeo as of this writing, filmmakers and advocates Invisible Children seem well on their way to making Joseph Kony the most talked about man on the planet. Continue Reading…