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Saturday, January 19, 2013
A message and update from the filmmakers of 2016
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Saving Innocence is protecting our most vulnerable citizens – young teenage girls. My wife and I met this organization recently and learned that the average age of recruitment for sexual slavery is 12 years old. As the father of twin nine year olds this news devastated me. This exploitation is happening in my own back yard - not an ocean away. It is estimated there are 100,000 human beings trafficked in America each year for sexual slavery. This is unconscionable.
Saving Innocence is pioneering an approach to end sexual exploitation and human trafficking. Their pilot program is in Los Angeles and has created unique relationship with the juvenile court and LAPD to provide counseling for these teenage girls enslaved in sexual exploitation.
Please join me and my wife in supporting Saving Innocence. It is succeeding in its first year but needs financial support to continue in Los Angeles and to grow nationally.
— John Sullivan / Producer, 2016 Obama’s America
Check out the Q&A John Sullivan had with the Saving Innocence Non-Profit focused on ending sex trafficking.
I had the privilege of attending the premiere of the documentary FRACKNATION which is described as a journalist’s search for the fracking truth. The film is an engaging, funny and informative look at the battle over fracking in the Marcellus Basin. Phelim McAleer an Irish journalist takes the audience on a journey to discover what is behind the moratorium being placed on fracking.
The anti-fracking movement was whipped into a frenzy by the 2010 documentary GASLAND directed by Josh Fox. The claims of GASLAND and Josh Fox play prominently in FRACKNATION. Without giving too much away let’s just say the documentary explodes some myths (with the help of the EPA no less) like water contamination and lighting drinking water fire.
I believe FRACKNATION is an important movie as the US is on the cusp of a new era of oil and natural gas production. We often forget that we are the third largest oil producing country in the world. I live in the LA area and this is evident as the landscape is peppered with active oil pumps. The area is also historically one of the top oil producing regions in the world. Yes, Los Angeles, California. The Signal Hill field has produced over 900mm barrels of oil; an oil pump still operates on the campus of Beverly Hills High School. And whether it’s the 141 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in the Marcellus Region, 3 trillion barrels in Colorado’s Green River Valley or the Bakken shale reserve in North Dakota the US is an oil and gas rich country. The question is, are we going to access it or not?
I invite you to view this film on Tuesday, January 22 on the AXS channel and judge for yourself if Phelim and his team uncover the fracking truth.
Scoring an Oscar nomination for Best Documentary Feature is a huge feather in any filmmaker's cap, but some critics question whether such an honor is only possible if a film's subject matter leans to the left.
"The Academy is incredibly hypocritical. These aren't the best documentaries. They are the best documentaries that fit a very select liberal view of the world," Dan Gainor, VP of Business and Culture for the Media Research Center, told FOX411's Pop Tarts column regarding this year's nominees, which were announced on Thursday. "Hollywood doesn't care one iota for conservatives. Most of the movies it makes are geared to a liberal elite and ordinary Americans don't have conservative alternatives."