There is a new movie in the works called Lessons from Violet and it is set to be a romantic comedy about a religious man named Shawn who has problems with woman until he meets a prostitute named Violet. She becomes his dating coach and also introduces him to the world of human trafficking.
Filmmaker Allen Wolf takes the helm of this movie as director, writer, and producer. He was inspired to write the script after reading the story of Hosea from the Old Testament, who is instructed by God to marry and bare children with a prostitute named Gomer.
Wolf wanted to modernize this story and allow audiences to see a real issue that is going around the world.
“Typically, prostitutes in movies are either portrayed as having a "heart of gold" or the opposite extreme,” he says. “I haven't seen women who are caught in sex trafficking portrayed in a well-rounded way.”
Wolf’s hope is that Lessons from Violet will have a positive impact on society.
“Just as the movie Life is Beautiful showed us the travesty of the Holocaust within the context of a comedy,” he explains. “We are aiming to do the same regarding human trafficking.”
Life is Beautiful was a very influential movie that allowed audiences to see the horrors that happened during the Holocaust.
To make sure that he gets the facts straight for the movie he is working with CAST (Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking) and Nightlight, which are very reputable organization who are raising awareness against human trafficking and working to stop it.
He has given them the script and his ideas for the film and they have been working closely together to make sure that human trafficking is portrayed accurately.
“It was important to me to have people who are fighting against human trafficking give me their stamp of approval before I move forward,” he states. “I want the audience to get the human trafficking element as a bonus and come out wise and empowered to do something about it in their community.”
While the context could have easily made this a movie rated R, Wolf is going to be make it available for a wider audience by making it PG-13. He says that he didn’t want to make a movie about exploiting women and then actually exploit them in the movie.
The screenplay has already been getting noticed, it was named as one of the top 3% screenplays by Script Shark and also won the Screenplay Award at the Las Vegas Film Festival.
The movie is raising part of its budget through IndieGoGo. Anyone can make a tax-deductible contribution at http://www.LessonsFromViolet.com. The site also offers more information about the movie, including a YouTube video from the director himself talking about the movie and the importance of making it.
There are a lot of benefits for supporting Lessons from Violet, that include a chance to visit the set, jewelry from women who were rescued from trafficking, and other possible rewards.
The movie is working towards showing the world a real problem in human trafficking and Wolf is determined to make this movie as real and entertaining as possible, while raising that awareness.