Making a difference.

Sometimes you just have to sit back and wonder, “Did we do this?” In today’s Williamsport Sun Gazette, it was reported that a new anti-human trafficking agency has been created. That’s wonderful news.

But we wonder if the screening of Tricia Lou’s & Phoebe Frear’s film, Remember to Forget Me at the 4th Annual Billtown Film Festival in April 2013 had anything to do with bringing awareness of the problem to the general public.

 

Here’s what the filmmakers said on their Facebook page – ”

Remember To Forget Me is a 30 minute video a year in the making. It has been created to raise awareness on Human Trafficking through artistic film. Not to dehumanize but to enlighten.
There are more slaves today than in any other time in history. An estimated 1.2 million children are trafficked every year. These children have names, faces, emotions and lives just like the rest of us. Remember To Forget Me is a 30 minute video a year in the making. It has been created to raise awareness on Human Trafficking through artistic film. 
Five facts about Human Trafficking:

1.Every 30 seconds someone becomes a victim. 
2.Approximately 30,000 victims of sex trafficking die every year
3.Over 50% of trafficking victims are children
4.Human Trafficking is a 32 billion dollar industry
5.An estimated 161 countries are reported to be affected by human trafficking”

Okay, we won’t take any credit for the creation of a special anti-slavery agency in North Central Pennsylvania. But it good to know that maybe, just maybe, the use of film as a tool of positive change has made a difference. End slavery now!

BFF and CPFO engaged… May they live happily ever after

It was officially announced the Billtown Film Festival and the Central Pennsylvania Film Office was joining forces on Thursday September 5, 2013 in the Showcase section of the Williamsport Sun Gazette.

Both Richard James, founder of BFF and Lorena Beniquez Film Commissioner for Central Pennsylvania Film Office are excited about the collaboration. Both organizations will be celebrating their 5th anniversaries in 2014. You can read the article here. A big thanks to Bethany Wiegand for her superb writing!

BFF website back in business

Hello. We had a few SNAFUs in the last few weeks but we’re back and ready to celebrate all aspects of film, video and movies. Check here as we will share information about the film industry, independent films and videos, and the doings at, our new partner, the Central Pennsylvania Film Office (CPFO).