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Project of the Day: An Exchange Student Story Takes a Turn in 'Pembroke Circle'

Indiewire By Indiewire | Indiewire April 16, 2012 at 10:4AM

Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite. In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments.
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Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments.

"Pembroke Circle"

Tweetable Logline:

When Grace’s father takes a cultural exchange student into their conventional home the life she’s accustomed to is shaken by a dark secret…

Elevator Pitch:

‘Pembroke Circle’ is a film about a girl who experiences a horrifying instance of human trafficking that hits extremely close to home. This is not a “message film” and we’re not activists of modern slavery, although we did seek (and have received) the endorsement of some prevalent organizations like Florida Abolitionist. Filmmaker Max Rousseau has written this story as a creative interpretation of real events – some that he experienced in his own life. While the film isn’t intended to create change, we hope it at least brings more awareness to the subject when we share it with the world.

Production Team:

Writer/Director/Producer: Max Rousseau

About the Production:

"It’s hard for anyone to imagine that slavery could still exist, especially in their own neighborhood. Human trafficking is an issue that’s fascinated and disturbed me ever since The New York Times wrote their first exposé on the subject in 2004 – “The Girls Next Door” by Peter Landesman. Other films I’ve seen exaggerate the good vs evil dynamic and simply end with the villain crushed and the victim free again. With my film, I want to show how complex these scenarios can be and how hard it is to heal the scars they cause.” – Max Rousseau

Current Status:

Pre-production.

For more information and to support this project:

Film Website
Kickstarter Page

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