The Long Night’s Natalie Fighting Backpage.com on ABC’s Nightline

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The Long Night’s Natalie has shared her experience of being a survivor of domestic minor sex trafficking with ABC News’s Nightline in a special report entitled Daughters for Sale: How Young American Girls are Being Sold Online. The report reveals how the website Backpage.com is used to sell underage girls for sex. Continue reading

The Crescendoing Impact of The Long Night

Photographer/Director Tim Matsui screens his film The Long Night at the Kansas City Public Library, Plaza Branch and moderates a panel discussion afterwards. Photographed by: Mark Berndt

Since the completion of his Women’s Initiative Project, “The Long Night,” Tim Matsui has worked tirelessly to get his film and other visual assets he collected regarding commercial sex exploitation in front of audiences and, particularly, before stakeholders and change makers so that his work can have the largest impact possible. Continue reading

The Long Night Wins POYi Documentary Project of the Year

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Pictures of the Year International (POYi) has named “The Long Night” the Documentary Project of the Year in its annual professional competition. POYi is the oldest and most prestigious photojournalism program in the world. “The Long Night” tells the story … Continue reading

The Long Night at the Greater Farmington Film Festival

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“The Long Night” will be the opening film in the upcoming Greater Farmington Film Festival in Farmington, Mich. The screening will be held on Thursday, March 5 at 7.30 p.m. at the Smith Theatre of Oakland Community College. Made possible … Continue reading

How Do Our Grants Help Fight Exploitation of Young Women and Girls in U.S.?

Handcuffed, 19-year-old Lisa, who was just pulled from the car where she was providing sex for money, waits to be questioned by SeaTac police. Tim Matsui/Alexia Foundation

If you could help make possible some of the most moving media projects in the world, would you? If you could help fight the exploitation of young women and girls in the United States, would you? You can by contributing … Continue reading

The Alexia Foundation Announces the Launch of “The Long Night”

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108 Days by Tim Matsui & MediaStorm from MediaStorm on Vimeo. The Alexia Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of “The Long Night,” our first ever Women’s Initiative Grant Project. Set in Seattle, the work gives voice and meaning … Continue reading

Watch: Tim Matsui and Mike Davis at Collaborations for Cause 2014

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2012 Alexia Foundation Women’s Initiative recipient, Tim Matsui and Syracuse University Alexia Chair, Mike Davis, were recently presenters at Collaborations for Cause 2014 in Seattle. The conference, organized and presented by Blue Earth Alliance, brings together content producers and organizations … Continue reading

Tim Matsui and The Alexia Foundation at Collaborations for Cause 2014

Collaborations for Cause 2014 is being held Sept. 25-27 in Seattle, Washington. The conference will begin with a special working screening of “The Long Night,” the feature length documentary by Tim Matsui and MediaStorm which gives voice and meaning to the crisis of minors who are forced into the American sex trade.

Tim Matsui and The Alexia Foundation, represented by Mike Davis, will be presenting at Collaborations for Cause 2014. The conference, organized and presented by Blue Earth Alliance, brings together content producers and organizations for an exploration of how to harness … Continue reading

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

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 … Continue reading

Final Approach: Women’s Initiative Update from Tim Matsui

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Looking south from my window, the airplanes are stacked five deep in the night sky. On their final approach, they descend into SeaTac. I watch, thinking of the streets beside the airport, feeling an odd mix of emotion. Exhaustion, nostalgia, … Continue reading