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” chosen as Finalist for 2015 Dart Center Award

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The Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma named “The Long Night” as one of eight finalists for the 2015 Dart Awards for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma. The feature length documentary film by Tim Matsui and MediaStorm was made possible with the support of The Alexia Foundation Women’s Initiative Grant. 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

The Struggle to Leave the Life: Lisa Today

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Lisa was one of the key subjects in Tim Matsui’s recently released Women’s Initiative project, Leaving the Life, from which the feature film The Long Night was produced by Tim and MediaStorm. Lisa was the girl in the robe, turned … 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 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

The 2012 Women’s Initiative Grant: Tim Matsui on Sex Trafficking

From 7-9pm young women, ages 15 to 22, prepare for a night of work at the Violin Karaoke bar in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Their job is to sell drinks to customers who book the karaoke rooms; in the neighboring dance club, also part of the Violin, there are cocktail waitresses. However, many are also freelance sex workers or 'bar girls' who make their own arrangements with the customers for a 'date.' Most of the customers are asian; they are either Thai, Korean, Chinese, or Japanese. The Thai sex industry model is rapidly developing in the Cambodian capitol, Phnom Penh. Tim Matsui

In 2012, Tim Matsui was awarded our first Alexia Foundation Women’s Initiative Grant. His proposal promised to examine the growing, frightening trend of Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking in the Seattle area, with his project “Leaving the Life: Stories of the … Continue reading