Tim Matsui Wins Fledgling Fund Grant for “Leaving the Life”

Lisa in her robe. Photo by Tim Matsui.

Lisa in her robe. Photo by Tim Matsui.

Tim Matsui has just been awarded a $25,000 Fledgling Fund grant for “Leaving the Life,” his overarching documentary photography project on domestic minor sex trafficking which was funded by our Women’s Initiative Grant. In its first iteration, the work resulted in “The Long Night,” a powerful documentary produced in collaboration with MediaStorm which is currently in talks for widespread distribution. This latest development will be another means of bringing the important stories Tim captured to the fore.

To have Tim’s work acknowledged and funded by the Fledgling Fund is just what Alexia had hoped would evolve from his work

The Fledgling Fund Grant will permit Tim to create an audience engagement campaign. With “A Fourth Act” and stakeholders in the Pacific Northwest, Tim will be creating a multi-platform initiative, designed to facilitate a collective, action oriented dialogue around the crisis of commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking of children in the U.S.

“I envisioned something like this years ago and, slowly, it is coming to fruition,” says Tim. “I feel this will truly honor the subjects who entrusted me to tell their stories.”

The new campaign will allow groups and individuals to view short videos on a theme surrounding domestic minor sex trafficking and commercial sex exploitation. After showing the stories, the program will invite the participants to record and share their own perspectives and experiences. Their responses will create a body of knowledge and a deep connection to the issues addressed in the project “Leaving the Life.”

In this initiative, Tim will also be partnering with Blue Earth Alliance, who will provide fiscal sponsorship and infrastructure to help facilitate this campaign.

“To have Tim’s work acknowledged and funded by the Fledgling Fund is just what Alexia had hoped would evolve from his work on commercial sex exploitation,” says Aphrodite Tsairis. “Kudos to Fledgling for using the moving image as an agent for change.”

It’s an excellent progression of Tim’s work and we are thrilled to see another great level of outreach. These stories matter. Tim’s latest initiative will help even more people be moved to fight the peril of commercial sex exploitation in the U.S.

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