Independent Filmmakers and Childhelp Team Up to Fight Child Abuse with New Film

 

No One Knows FilmThe Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline, which receives over 200,000 calls per year, is getting a big boost from its partnership with a short film called No One Knows.  The movie, an honest and stark portrayal of abused children, raised much of its budget through a social media campaign launched by Childhelp.

Childhelp teamed up with No One Knows after 13-year old lead actress Sami Isler created her own pitch video for the film. Along with the non-profit Help Spread This, they raised over $3,000 in 2 hours, aided by tweets from the likes of Mariel Hemingway and Melanie Griffith. In addition to listing the Childhelp hotline number 1-800-4-A-CHILD at the end of No One Knows, contributors receive bracelets that read “Stop Child Abuse.”

The story of No One Knows provides the emotional base for the Childhelp campaign. Jason, 12 years old, looks in the window of his neighbor Hannah’s house and discovers that he is not the only one living in an abusive environment. 

“What first attracted me to the script was the fact that it’s not being preachy in any way, and the storyline doesn’t feel like a walking advertisement for child abuse,” says producer Daniel Hoyos, of Seattle.  Hoyos is one-third of the cross-country film team that includes 19-year old director Bunee Tomlinson, of Oklahoma, and writer Jamie Livingston-Dierks, of Iowa. The demanding subject of child abuse attracted the diverse team with its far-reaching scope: reports of child abuse are made every 10 seconds.

Many children, however, are not aware of the Child Abuse Hotline.  More than 5 children die every day from child abuse. Childhelp aims to get posters with the hotline number where every child can see them by allowing anyone to order them and sell them for $5 dollars, the cost of one call to the hotline.  The vendor can take a photo of the poster and post it on Facebook or Twitter to further spread awareness.

No One Knows just wrapped filming in Oklahoma and is set for completion in the fall. For every $25 dollars donated to help the continuing production of the film, $5 will be given to Childhelp. For more information visit nooneknowsfilm.com.

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