Lessons from Violet is a romantic comedy about a religious man who trouble with women until he meets a prostitute who becomes his dating coach. The story was inspired by the ancient Hebraic text of Hosea. The screenplay won an honorable mention at the Colorado Film Festival and won the screenplay award at the Las Vegas Film Festival.
Shawn is shy, religious and awkward with the ladies. But when he lands a date with the beautiful Violet at a party in Brooklyn he believes he has a chance to get it right. On their “date” she reveals to Shawn that she is actually a hooker, and that he owes her five thousand dollars for her troubles or her pimp will rearrange his face. When he can’t come up with the money, she proposes that he pay her off in increments, but with one catch: she will teach him how to date. Worlds collide when these two polar opposites get together as Violet becomes his unlikely dating coach and Shawn begins to discover the sordid world of human trafficking
Lessons from Violet will be the first romantic comedy about human trafficking which is the fastest growing criminal enterprise of today. Half of all people trafficked worldwide are children and the average age of a child trafficked into the sex trade in the U.S. is 13. Just as the movie Life is Beautiful got us to laugh while revealing the reality of the holocaust we are aiming do the same with the issue of human trafficking.
We have partnered with two leading anti-human trafficking organizations who provide story guidance and will promote Lessons from Violet upon the film’s release. We will also promote and endorse the important work of these organizations:
CAST (Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking), an L.A.-based organization with international reach, is the longest-operating and largest anti-slavery organization in the United States and the first to advocate for laws protecting victims. Known for opening the first shelter for trafficked women and girls in the country, CAST is the go-to resource for media, policy makers, law enforcement, service agencies, and the philanthropic community for information about modern-day slavery, as well as best practices in legal advocacy and direct service delivery to survivors. CAST is a 4-star charity on Charity Navigator.
NightLight is an international organization committed to addressing the complex issues of commercial sexual exploitation through prevention, intervention, restoration and education. NightLight builds support networks to intervene and assist women, men and children whose lives are negatively impacted by the sex industry in Bangkok, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Branson, MO. They have equipped women who have been rescued from the sex industry to create hand-made jewelry that is sold around the world.
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