The Short Film that Changed Everything...
Recently I've been wanting to be more open and share some personal things on this blog. I've always wanted IRIS to be about being real and authentic, and I guess I thought that everything I share should be showing our work- but I changed my mind.
So I want to tell you about the film that changed my life:
In 2011, I watched The Candy Shop.
The Candy Shop is a narrative-style short film about the sexual exploitation of children. It's beautifully shot, well edited, the costumes and wardrobe are fantastic- but most of all, it had a powerful message.
It wasn't like one of those videos that make you feel guilty so you will donate; it didn't show a lot of gross images that keep you up at night. It was a story, a fairytale, that drove the message home.
At the end of it, they show you the stats of how many children are trafficked through the Atlanta area alone- along with a bunch of other stats that start becoming blurry because your eyes are welling up with tears. Yes, I definitely cried, and then showed the film to everyone I could.
That's what I want to do. I want to create narrative films that make an impact, that actually mean something, make people do something about it. Those were my first thoughts after finishing the film.
And every day since, my heart aches to reach that goal. If you know of a way we can get involved, please, PLEASE contact us! We wish it was as easy as picking up a camera and shooting.
Now, if you'll do me one more favor, please watch this 30 minute film, it's too important not to: