Hark is about a man who is confronted with a moral dilemma to save his own life or risk the life of another. The characters in Hark are ordinary people making choices to survive. The story draws attention to the harsh reality of human trafficking and shines light where there is darkness.
|Girl||Ayla Rain Fung|
|Executive Producer||Leslie K. Hodge|
|Production Coordinator||Katie Galli|
|Key PA||Chloe Fitzmaurice|
|Unit Production Manager||Lorenzo Pace|
|1st AD||Dani Goggel|
|2nd AD||Viknesh Silvalingam|
|Script Supervisor||Benjamin Enos|
|Production Assistants||Ali Aslam|
|Director of Photography||Michael Street|
|1st AC||Dustin Yates|
|2nd AC||Katherine Brennan|
|Loader / 2nd AC||Rachel Dusa|
|Video Assist / Loader||Alex Walker|
|Steadicam Operator||Luke Rocheleau|
|Best Boy Electric||Inder Mann|
|Key Grip||Jacob Martinez|
|Best Boy Grip||Nathan Parker|
|Grip / Electric||Steve Machnik|
|Dolly Grip||Jacob Martinez|
|Grip / Electric||Joe Heath|
|Still Photographer||Ron Koeberer|
|Sound Mixers||Keenan Jensen|
|Production Designer||Erik Otto|
|Costume Designer||Grace Kinder|
|Make Up/Hair||Margaret Caragan|
|Casting Dir||Katie Galli|
|Casting PA||Rebecca Martinez|
||Mark David Lee|
|Online + Mastering||FotoKem|
|Web Design||Cameron Moore|
There are so many important roles to play when it comes to putting an end to modern day slavery and providing a better future for the survivors. Whether you are a student, an artist, an educator, a business person, a parent, an athlete, or a person of faith - you CAN make a difference! Here are some great organizations and resources to get you started on the journey:
Please contact Jonathan Fung at SleepyToePictures@gmail.com if you would like to schedule a special screening of Hark followed by a Q&A.
Screen Actors Guild
Ayla Rain Fung
When Santa Clara University Communications Professor Jonathan Fung first learned about human trafficking at the Global Leadership Summit in Chicago six years ago, his thoughts instantly went to his own daughter and how horrified he would be if she were ever subjected to the atrocities of human trafficking, which affect thousands of girls and young women everyday around the world.
Several years later, when Fung decided to take action using his medium of choice, film, it was a bit ironic that he cast his daughter—now 10 years old—to play the lead in his 15-minute film.
The result was an award winning short film entitled Hark that spotlights human trafficking and follows a man’s moral dilemma. Hark has been screening at film festivals, conferences, schools, churches and community groups over the past two years. The film builds awareness raising questions and serving as a call to action against this social justice issue. Hark received best short narrative film honors at the Awareness, Third World and Wine Country Film Festivals. Fung was awarded Best Director for Creative Excellence at the CreaTV Awards.
Hark was inspired by reading a first draft of the script by a former student Benjamin Enos, which led to optioning, story development, and partnering with Executive Producer, Leslie K. Hodge. Prior to the release of Hark, Fung collaborated with a team of artists, Erik Otto, Monika Lee Jones, Brandon Robinson & Mark David Lee to create an art and video installation entitled Down the Rabbit Hole that was exhibited for Wonderland in San Francisco's Tenderloin District and exposed the darkness of sex trafficking by allowing the viewer to enter the world of one of its victims.
“I believe we can use the arts to bring a social consciousness to modern day slavery. The statistics about human trafficking are appalling. We are a visual culture and film and the arts can serve as a scholarly medium to educate, challenge, and mobilize a community,” said Fung.
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5×5 – A Project of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities is an ambitious District-wide program of contemporary, temporary public art dedicated to exploring new perspectives on our city through the lens of five curators. In fact, it is the largest, temporary public art project in the District. The project will begin in early September and end by December of 2014.
Fung’s public art installation Peep examines the atrocity of human trafficking through semiotics and repetition. Shipping containers are a common mode of transporting victims; therefore the exterior of a metal shipping container will resemble a peep show with neon style lettering and rich vibrant colors. Port size windows will allow viewers to peer through and view hundreds of wooden children’s blocks with images of children on them symbolizing their stolen childhood and the loss of innocence. Rows of sewing machines echo the plight of darkness and survival of those forced into labor with the haunting sounds of sewing machine motors never ceasing.
5×5: A Project of The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Fung Collaboratives, International Justice Mission, Westminster DC Presbyterian Church, Christ United Methodist Church, Santa Clara First Baptist Church, Bay Area Anti-Trafficking Coalition, Notre Dame High School Students Against Modern Slavery, Catholic Network to End Human Trafficking, San Jose Diocese, Santa Clara University, Kael Anderson, Hope Cahan, Elizabeth Carriger, Supervisor Cindy Chavez, County of Santa Clara, Second District, Jeff Chyatte, Jerri Cooper, Copy Craft, Deirdre Ehlen MacWilliams, Allison Fung, Austin Graff, Rev. Ruth Hamilton, Michael Koliner, Sarah Massey, Samantha May, Alyssa Miller, Sr. Claudia McTaggart, Musson, Erik Otto - Polarity Post Production, Ps. Adrienne Terry, Kelly Towles, Izzy Ullmann