MOVING PARTS, A FILM ON HUMAN SMUGGLING IN THE CARIBBEAN LAUNCHES CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN

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MOVING PARTS, a film by Trinidad-based, American director, Emilie Upczak launched its crowdfunding campaign.

Moving Parts takes a fictional look at a very real issue”, Upczak said. “The film’s protagonist Zhenzhen, is a Chinese immigrant who is smuggled into Trinidad to be with her brother Wei following the death of their father. A tragic event leaves Zhenzhen vulnerable and only through the help of a neighboring art gallerist Evelyn and the restaurant’s Cook, does she have a chance at life”.

Emilie Upczak is a filmmaker and festival programmer specifically interested in ritual practice and sexual politics. These interests were first sparked after she spent two-years traveling throughout Southeast Asia, where she encountered numerous religious practices and worked as an escort in a hostess club in Tokyo. Since then, Emilie has produced short films and experimental video installations. Most recently, she was the Creative Director of the trinidad+tobago film festival in charge of the Caribbean Film Mart and Caribbean Film Database.

The film launched its crowdfunding campaign earlier in February and is on a mission to raise US$25,000.

“We decided to crowd-fund the film in order to build our core audience and to engage individuals in our fundraising process,” she said. “We have been successful in engaging local government support and now we are turning to private sector and individuals.

“We are already seeing that there is an audience for this film, it is a relevant topic both regionally and internationally and the story utilises a fresh approach to a difficult subject. The film is unique, in that it is told through the eyes of a female protagonist, not as a thriller, but rather a human drama, exposed from the inside out.” Upczak said.

“With 15 days of the campaign left, we are working diligently to make Moving Parts a reality. It will be an important film and join a handful of other works being made by Caribbean filmmakers presently”.

The film has been in development for two years and is now in the pre-production stage. Principal photography is set to begin in the Spring with a filming schedule of one month. One of the unique facets of the film is the female roster of most heads of departments. This line up includes, DoP Nancy Schreiber, Consulting Producer Annabelle Mullen, First Assistant Director Roma Zachemba, Co-Producers Rhonda Chan Soo and Rhian Vialva, Production Designer Shannon Alonzo and PR/Social Media Aurora Herrera.

Upczak noted, “I feel very strongly about having this film made by women and also by women primarily from the Caribbean.”

The cast includes Canadian actresses Valerie Tian known for her role as Su-Chin in Juno and Burns in 21 Jumpstreet and Kandyse McClure known for her role as Officer Anastasia Dualla in Battlestar Galactica.

For more information on this crowdfunding campaign or to join and contribute to Moving Parts please visit:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/381237657/moving-parts

https://www.facebook.com/movingpartsthemovie

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