The Abolitionists | Rescuing Children from the World of Child Sex Trafficking

Tonight I will be attending the private screening of The Abolitionists Movie, this is the press release notes:

Courtesy: OurRescue.org

"On December 10th, 2013 Special Agent Tim Ballard turned in his Homeland Security badge and resigned from his employment with the United States government. He had spent over a decade rescuing children from child sex tourism both domestically and overseas. Ballard was pleased that his country was actually doing something about this problem. However, mired in red tape and bureaucracy, Tim left to begin saving the children that fell out of the purview of the US. These children constitute over 90% of those lost to child sex slavery. This is the story about the lost children and Tim’s organization, Operation Underground Railroad’s, (http://www.ourrescue.org,) attempt to investigate and liberate them from around the world."

The Film Makers

 

Gerald R. Molen

Courtesy: the abolitionists movie

Mr. Molen is the Academy Award winning producer of Schindler’s List and producer of other hit titles such as Jurassic Park and Minority Report. Mr. Molen broke into the film business in 1957 at Republic Studios then moved to Universal Studios in 1967 to work on Bound for Glory, Coming Home, Being There, Ordinary People, and Absence of Malice.

Joining the Director’s Guild of America as a Unit Production Manager he worked on The Postman Always Rings Twice, Tootsie, A Soldier’s Story, andThe Color Purple. He earned Executive Producer credits on Bright Lights, Big City and Days of Thunder. He has Co- Produced several films including Rain Man and Batteries Not Included and received Producer credit on Hook, as well as on the titles first listed above.

As Head of Production at Amblin he served as Executive Producer on The Flinstones, Little Rascals, Casper, Little Giants, and Twister, among others. He has appeared in front of the camera in Rain Man, Days of Thunder, Jurassic Park, and Amistad.

Mr. Molen holds an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts degree from the University of Montana and an honorary Doctorate of Visual and Performing Arts from Southern Utah University.


 

Chet Thomas

Before becoming a producing partner with Gerald Molen at WhiteLight Entertainment, Mr. Thomas worked with him on Steven Spielberg’s Minority Report. Prior to that, he worked at DreamWorks for several years, where he first served in the story department, collaborating on such projects asAmistad, Deep Impact and Saving Private Ryan. He quickly moved to feature development, where he played an active role in Meet the Parents, Mouse Hunt, Road to Perdition, Small Soldiers and several other films.

Most recently, Mr. Thomas produced the film TAKE, starring Academy Award®-nominated actors Minnie Driver and Jeremy Renner, which has won many ‘Best of’ categories in festivals around the country. He is also a producer on the film The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, scheduled for Christmas 2015 release by Walden Media.

This is Mr. Thomas’s feature directorial debut.


 

Darrin Fletcher

Mr. Fletcher began his film career in high school as a layout artist for XAM Animation Studio, creating layouts for Saturday morning cartoons Spidermanand The Transformers. There he become very familiar with storyboards and telling stories through pictures. He was soon offered a job at Walt Disney Animation Studios but turned it down to follow his long-time dream of live-action filmmaking.

Since that time, Mr. Fletcher has worked as a storyboard artist on more than 65 feature films, including The World’s Fastest Indian, Sandlot, High School Musical 3 and A Life Less Ordinary. He has boarded hundreds of international commercials including the popular Foundation For A Better Life campaigns. He has also had extensive experience with large format IMAX® productions such as, Mysteries of Egypt, Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure and The Witness. Television has also been an large part of Mr. Fletcher’s career, visualizing and storyboarding dozens of various pilots and television series, includingCharmed, Touched by an Angel, 7 Days, Extreme Rescue, Crossroads andEverwood.

This is Mr. Fletcher’s feature directorial debut.