Cannes, Baby…Cannes….!

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Yes folks, the rumours are true: Red Earth and Street Dreams are going to Cannes!

Red Earth is sending its most sophisticated and classy member Jason (?) to go to the world’s largest film festival in the South of France from the 15 – 21 May. The reason for this visit is two-fold: One is to support our Street Dreams co-producer and good friend Chong Kim at the release of her feature film Eden; the other reason is to bring our mighty documentary, Street Dreams, to the world! With everything so financially tight on post production, this was a big call by us, but once a Red Earth supporter made a generous donation for this particular trip, we realized this was a once-in-a-lifetime chance; an opportunity we could not resist. So Jason will be packing his finest threads (both of them), some choice cuts from the Street Dreams rough cut, some rarely used arm deodorant and a heap of enthusiasm and heading to the French Riviera to bring the message of Street Dreams to the world stage. Jason leaves on the 14 May and Chong’s film screens on the 17 May, so stay tuned for exciting updates! Viva la Cannes!

As mentioned above, we are taking to Cannes two 5 minute segments from the Street Dreams rough cut. Over the last weekend, Jason and Mike locked themselves in a room in Adelaide to pull together a dynamic rough cut of Street Dreams. After two days, your Red Earth heroes were making excellent progress and a wonderful film was coming to fruition. But then suddenly Murphy’s law took hold and the editing program went BANG! This BANG took out 50% of our previous work which meant that after spending 5 hours trying to fix the files, all we could do is go back and redo the 50% of editing we lost. After that, Jason had to head back to Brisbane. Having said all this, the film is looking in excellent shape with the interviews of the trafficked girls being particularly powerful and moving. So despite all these setbacks, Red Earth pushes forward to a potential Street Dreams premiere and tour throughout Australia in July and August this year. Stay tuned for more details about that.

Thanks for your ongoing support and encouragement guys. We are getting closer everyday to bring the Street Dream documentary into the world.

PS – Do you think, while in a the South of France, if one holds a can of Diet Coke in a certain posh way, and sips it with air of eloquence, that the Diet Coke might pass as a glass of expensive wine?

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All quiet in the editing cave

It’s been a rather quiet stretch from the perspective of Street Dreams announcements of late.

This is just a quickie message to let you know that I (Mike) am pushing hard to get a watchable rough cut of the film done this week as Jason and I will be sitting down together for the first time since the footage was captured to massage it into shape. We’ve got a lot of great material in there but it is a time-consuming process, no two ways about it, plus with the sensitive nature of the subject matter we are trying to ensure that it comes together in the most useful, entertaining, educating, appropriate and enlightening way possible! No easy task to be sure, to be sure…(insert random Irish accent here)

From a personal point of view, I just wanted to say a big thanks to those trickles of financial support that come into our bank account occasionally; the film’s edit has stretched over a much longer amount of time than expected due to the restraints of balancing doing the film (which to date has been largely unpaid work) together with the need to put food on the table. It’s been a real struggle to maintain motivation and commitment to doing the film at times as it requires me to work 6+ days a week in general, with only about 2 or 3 of those days paid (doing other video editing). However, it always gives me a smile to see a bit of money slipped under the door, as it were, anonymously added to our bank account. These acts of generosity remind me why this work is being done and needs us to forge ahead. So thank you to those who give as it makes a world of difference and absolutely will contribute in a positive way to getting this film completed!

We’re getting down to the crunch! Hopefully we’ll have a completed film in the very near future!

Jason has some exciting news to tell you as well, but I’ll let him do that in a separate entry.

Thanks, Mike

Street Dreams Update – March 2012

Friends – We are now in the thick of 2012 and Red Earth Films has been knee deep in post production – amongst other exciting events.

Red Earth wishes Mike Crowhurst a great honeymoon next week in Indonesia, just two weeks after marrying his beloved Heidi high in the Adelaide Hills. Yet despite all of Mike’s wedding and honeymoon commitments he continues to find time to edit our first cut of Street Dreams. We hope that by April/ May this year we will have a finished cut for audience feedback. So have a good break Mike – there is lots of work to be done.

Red Earth also welcomes Chong Kim as co-producer to Street Dreams. Initially Chong was going to be just an expert interview for Street Dreams, but Chong has been so impressed by the film and its direction she has become Street Dream’s American advocate, giving us tax deductability status in the States and raising finance for us over there. This is just the start of Chong’s ongoing commitment to Street Dreams and we are excited by the the chance to work with her more closely in the future.

If you haven’t seen our new extended trailer as well as Chong’s reflection on Destiny Rescue and South East Asia then please have a look and pass it around to friends or anyone who is interested in what we’re doing.

Thanks for your support everyone and watch this space!

Revised trailer

Hi folks,

We’re working hard in a number of areas to get the edit of the film completed, find more funding and get some major interest drummed up for the film, and it seems to all be happening which is great. We’ll keep you posted as developments occur, but in the meantime here is a slightly revised version of our trailer now featuring elements of Chong Kim in it:

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As always, we welcome any fundraising leads or direct contributions, or connections to groups who might be able to help us with the film in any aspect of marketing, PR, broadcast & distribution. Thanks!!

Trip 2 return – Ladyboys and a Merry Christmas

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Red Earth has just returned from yet another successful shoot in South East Asia. Crammed into only a week and half, this trip included Cambodia, Thailand and Malaysia with a goal of reshooting missing footage from the present script including interviews with human traffic survivor Chong Kim. Chong has one of the most remarkable stories you could imagine and her first-hand experience with the human trafficking and sex industry will add a powerful edge to our documentary.

Again we were wonderfully catered-for by the Destiny Rescue team. It is always encouraging to see the ongoing success of DR as they continue to witness the transformation of girls who were once slaves to the sex industry. The work of DR made a huge impression on Chong as well. After being involved with many anti-trafficking groups in the States and around the world, Chong declared Destiny Rescue to be one the very best she has ever encountered. Chong has committed to help raise the profile of both Street Dreams and Destiny Rescue – a wonderful by-product of our second visit to South East Asia. It is true to say that in Chong, Red Earth and Destiny Rescue has found not only an ally and advocate, but also a good friend (despite the fact that we abandoned her in a hardcore Lady Boy bar in Bangkok).

Red Earth is approaching 2012 with great anticipation as we prepare for the Street Dreams post April release. Along with Chong, Street Dreams is finding more and more supporters from the most unexpected places. This support is leading to negotiations with broadcasters and distributers both in Australia and overseas. It is hard not to get excited by the possibilities but there is so much work to be done. Look for a new version of the trailer to be released within the next few weeks and keep an eye out on our website redearthfilms.com.au and on this blog for updates. Go to www.chongkim.net for more information about the amazing Chong Kim.

Finally, on behalf of Red Earth Films, we wish all our supporters and friends a good Christmas and a fruitful New Year. But as you prepare to spend quality time with family and friends, spare a thought and a prayer for those children who are being denied their liberties due to the oppression of human trafficking and the sex industry. May we all continue to work together in the New Year for their freedom and healing.

Jason Bray and Mike Crowhurst
Red Earth Films

Trip #1 photos

I’ve been meaning to put a few more photos online for some time now, but have been so busy! I’ve added a very small handful on our Street Dreams Facebook page which is only a tiny fraction of the pics I took, but I’m saving the large majority of them for use with our special Street Dreams commemorative books which are given to our top supporters (or can be purchased directly from us when we have those ones printed…contact us if you’re interested) and for displaying closer to the film’s release date.

I’ll try to post a few more as we go and from our forthcoming return trip to Cambodia and Thailand with Chong Kim.