The Long Night, Now Available on Itunes

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The Long Night, an urgent, heart-breaking investigation into the young lives changed forever by under-age prostitution and exploitation, is now available to buy or rent on Itunes. Produced by filmmaker and photographer Tim Matsui and film production and interactive design studio MediaStorm, the film was made possible by The Alexia 2012 Women’s Initiative Grant. 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

Apply for the Photography: Agent for Change Workshop

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The Alexia Foundation is proud to offer a one-day seminar entitled “Photography: Agent For Change,” for photographers to learn to use photography to effect change. The workshop will be held at the International Center of Photography in New York City on November 6, 2015. Continue reading

The Long Night wins 1st Place Multimedia in Best of Photojournalism

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“The Long Night” wins the 2015 Best of Photojournalism Multimedia award for Alexia Women’s Initiative grantee Tim Matsui from the National Press Photographers Association. Continue reading

The Long Night Wins 1st Place Long Form Documentary Feature in 2015 World Press Photo competition

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The 2015 World Press Photo competition has given First Place in the Long Feature Documentary category to “The Long Night” by Tim Matsui and MediaStorm. 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

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

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

“The Long Night” Screens at The Paley Center

Aphrodite Tsairis welcomes attendees to the first screening of "The Long Night." Photo by Ray Llanos.

On Nov. 20th, The Alexia Foundation welcomed more than 100 activists, media influencers and friends to the first screening of “The Long Night,” the eagerly awaited feature length documentary film examining minor sex trafficking in the United States. The film … Continue reading