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Synopsis

Hark is about a man who is confronted with a moral dilemma to save his own life or risk the life of another. The characters in Hark are ordinary people making choices to survive. The story draws attention to the harsh reality of human trafficking and shines light where there is darkness.

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Photos

Photos courtesy of Ron Koeberer

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Cast & Crew

Cast

Seth Ari Blake
Girl Ayla Rain Fung
Vicky Heather Gilliland
Boss James Camblin
Thug Viknesh Silvalingam
Woman Marian Fung

Crew

Director/Producer Jonathan Fung
Screenwriter Benjamin Enos
Executive Producer Leslie K. Hodge
Production Coordinator Katie Galli
Key PA Chloe Fitzmaurice
Unit Production Manager Lorenzo Pace
1st AD Dani Goggel
2nd AD Viknesh Silvalingam
Script Supervisor Benjamin Enos
Production Assistants Ali Aslam
  Jerri Cooper
  Drew Kells
  Sandy Navarro
Director of Photography Michael Street
1st AC Dustin Yates
2nd AC Katherine Brennan
Loader / 2nd AC Rachel Dusa
Video Assist / Loader Alex Walker
Steadicam Operator Luke Rocheleau
Gaffer Jeff Carroll
Best Boy Electric Inder Mann
Key Grip Jacob Martinez
Best Boy Grip Nathan Parker
Grip / Electric Steve Machnik
Dolly Grip Jacob Martinez
Grip / Electric Joe Heath
Truck/Grip Alex Pelfrey
Still Photographer Ron Koeberer
Videographer Brian Green
Sound Mixers Keenan Jensen
  Joe Stillwater
Production Designer Erik Otto
Costume Designer Grace Kinder
Make Up/Hair Margaret Caragan
   
Casting Dir Katie Galli
Casting PA Rebecca Martinez
Editor Andrea Templeton
Sound Editor
Mark David Lee
Music Robert Witmeyer
Online + Mastering FotoKem
Colorists Carey Buren
  Robert Tomaszewski
Graphics Steve Ha
Web Design Cameron Moore
   

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Take Action

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There are so many important roles to play when it comes to putting an end to modern day slavery and providing a better future for the survivors. Whether you are a student, an artist, an educator, a business person, a parent, an athlete, or a person of faith - you CAN make a difference! Here are some great organizations and resources to get you started on the journey:

Please contact Jonathan Fung at SleepyToePictures@gmail.com if you would like to schedule a special screening of Hark followed by a Q&A.

Photo: Ron Koeberer

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Special Thanks

Screen Actors Guild
Royce Agustin
Nicole Agustin
Jennifer Ames
Katherine Aoki
Janis Baron
David Batstone
Bill Bright
Bill Brodersen
Karen Cerney
Jerry Cintas
Tom Chou
Lisa Chou
Jerri Cooper
Connie Coutain
Tamara Current
Candace Daniels
David DeCosse
Dennis Fletcher
Allison Fung
Ayla Rain Fung
Lance Fung
Marian Fung
Katie Galli
Brian Green
William Gregg
Dani Goggel
Steve Ha
Karla Hagan
Frieda Harden
Gloria Hofer
Lori Joseph
Lisa Kim
Ron Koeberer
Debbie LaCroix

Michelle Lasher
Will Littlejohn
Jae Lee
Brian Lu
Yahia Mahamdi
Rebecca Martinez
Jacob Martinez
Helen Otero
Erik Otto
Lorenzo Pace
Tina Petersen
Chad Raphael
Joel Reamer
Debbie Reiley
Mark Reiley
Walt Rose
Rebecca Schapp
Santa Clara University
SCU Dean's Grant, College of Arts & Sciences
SCU Faculty-Student Research Assistant Program Grant
SCU Hackworth Fellowship Grant
SCU Justice and the Arts Initiative Grant
Peggy Shaloe
Erskine Starks
Michael Street
Linda Sullivan
Michelle Sun-Thoreson
Andrea Templeton
Bob Wagner
WaveGroup
Erich Weber
Jeny Weber
Victoria Weiland
Gloria A. Wong
Daena Yuksel

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About the Director

When Santa Clara University Communications Professor Jonathan Fung first learned about human trafficking at the Global Leadership Summit in Chicago six years ago, his thoughts instantly went to his own daughter and how horrified he would be if she were ever subjected to the atrocities of human trafficking, which affect thousands of girls and young women everyday around the world. 

Several years later, when Fung decided to take action using his medium of choice, film, it was a bit ironic that he cast his daughter—now 10 years old—to play the lead in his 15-minute film.

The result was an award winning short film entitled Hark that spotlights human trafficking and follows a man’s moral dilemma. Hark has been screening at film festivals, conferences, schools, churches and community groups over the past two years.  The film builds awareness raising questions and serving as a call to action against this social justice issue. Hark received best short narrative film honors at the Awareness, Third World and Wine Country Film Festivals. Fung was awarded Best Director for Creative Excellence at the CreaTV Awards. 

Hark was inspired by reading a first draft of the script by a former student Benjamin Enos, which led to optioning, story development, and partnering with Executive Producer, Leslie K. Hodge. Prior to the release of Hark, Fung collaborated with a team of artists, Erik Otto, Monika Lee Jones, Brandon Robinson & Mark David Lee to create an art and video installation entitled Down the Rabbit Hole that was exhibited for Wonderland in San Francisco's Tenderloin District and exposed the darkness of sex trafficking by allowing the viewer to enter the world of one of its victims. 

“I believe we can use the arts to bring a social consciousness to modern day slavery.  The statistics about human trafficking are appalling. We are a visual culture and film and the arts can serve as a scholarly medium to educate, challenge, and mobilize a community,” said Fung.

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Events

Nonuments Exhibition
September 6 to end of December 2014

Nonument Park 
900 I Street SW
Washington, DC 20024


5×5 – A Project of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities is an ambitious District-wide program of contemporary, temporary public art dedicated to exploring new perspectives on our city through the lens of five curators. In fact, it is the largest, temporary public art project in the District. The project will begin in early September and end by December of 2014.

Fung’s public art installation Peep examines the atrocity of human trafficking through semiotics and repetition. Shipping containers are a common mode of transporting victims; therefore the exterior of a metal shipping container will resemble a peep show with neon style lettering and rich vibrant colors. Port size windows will allow viewers to peer through and view hundreds of wooden children’s blocks with images of children on them symbolizing their stolen childhood and the loss of innocence. Rows of sewing machines echo the plight of darkness and survival of those forced into labor with the haunting sounds of sewing machine motors never ceasing.

Partners/Volunteers:

5×5: A Project of The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Fung Collaboratives, International Justice Mission, Westminster DC Presbyterian Church, Christ United Methodist Church, Santa Clara First Baptist Church, Bay Area Anti-Trafficking Coalition, Notre Dame High School Students Against Modern Slavery, Catholic Network to End Human Trafficking, San Jose Diocese, Santa Clara University, Kael Anderson, Hope Cahan, Elizabeth Carriger, Supervisor Cindy Chavez, County of Santa Clara, Second District, Jeff Chyatte, Jerri Cooper, Copy Craft, Deirdre Ehlen MacWilliams, Allison Fung, Austin Graff, Rev. Ruth Hamilton, Michael Koliner, Sarah Massey, Samantha May, Alyssa Miller, Sr. Claudia McTaggart, Musson, Erik Otto - Polarity Post Production, Ps. Adrienne Terry, Kelly Towles, Izzy Ullmann 


Screenings

Saturday, September 6th at 1PM


Westminster DC Church
400 I Street SW, Washington, DC 20024
Symposium with International Justice Mission.
For more information, [click here]

This screening is presented as part of 5x5, A Project of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities