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April 16, 2012 10:04 AM
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Project of the Day: An Exchange Student Story Takes a Turn in 'Pembroke Circle'

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:


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  • stephanni | January 20, 2013 5:26 PMReply

    Got my vote! cant wait to see this! thanks bringing awareness to such a hidden problem....

  • Rich | May 4, 2012 3:33 PMReply

    Got my vote, for sure!

  • dimo | May 4, 2012 2:31 PMReply

    I vote for this

  • bailey | May 4, 2012 12:38 PMReply

    I vote for this video :)

  • Janelle | May 4, 2012 11:46 AMReply

    I vote for this video

  • Luis Traps | May 3, 2012 11:37 PMReply

    I vote for this video

  • Coralys Melendez | May 3, 2012 4:37 PMReply

    i vote for this film

  • Al Davidian | May 3, 2012 3:44 PMReply

    I vote for Pembroke Circle

  • Emily Hanks | May 3, 2012 2:11 PMReply

    I support this film because I find the story line to be exciting and I'm also very close to the filmmakers and know that they produce amazing work.

  • Kimberly | May 3, 2012 12:41 PMReply

    My vote if for Pembroke Circle.

  • Dorothy | May 3, 2012 12:00 PMReply

    I vote for Pembroke circle..

  • Grady Bishop | May 3, 2012 10:32 AMReply

    My vote go to Pembroke Circle. Creative, professional and just plain great film making.

  • Juliet Duque | May 3, 2012 9:37 AMReply

    My vote goes to Pembrooke Circle would love to watch it!

  • julian cardenas | May 2, 2012 11:23 PMReply

    this movie is the best!!!

  • Linda Via | May 1, 2012 6:57 PMReply

    My vote goes to Pembrooke Circle.....excellent!

  • Gary Chin | April 30, 2012 11:44 PMReply

    Looks very interesting & intriguing....

  • Regina Yoder | April 30, 2012 2:24 PMReply

    I want to see this movie. I'm on the edge of my seat, just from watching the preview.

  • Jeff | April 21, 2012 10:03 PMReply

    This is a current hot issue, so the timing couldn't be better.

  • Hugh | May 3, 2012 10:16 PM

    How exactly does one vote for a film here anyway?