Telling their stories...
Annalise Gleason (Anna), a true warrior in the battle against human trafficking and a cancer survivor, is the director of the non-profit SummitView which spearheads the brave venture of providing home for youth who have survived sex trafficking.
Braden Cok is the pastor behind the courageous and instrumental non-profit, Origins Coffee and Tea. Young Pastor Braden saw the horror living in his own community when he learned the story of a close friend who was sold by her family into trafficking at the age of 6 years old. Origins Coffee and Tea is a high-quality cafe run by a group of volunteers who give every penny back to help stop this terrifying industry.
Working with Anna, the Wills family knows all too well the horrors behind sexually exploited youth in America. When a death in the family left their childhood home unoccupied, they knew they had finally found the long-sought location for the Agápe House- a haven for victims of sex trafficking.
Survivors and victims risk everything to share their stories with us in chilling detail. These perspectives shed light on the profound impact of sex trafficking, painting a brutally honest picture of this terrible crime.
Armed with the necessary experience and education, Summitview with Agape House take on a unique approach to the rehabilitation process for survivors of sex trafficking. With healing hands and an open mind, Agape aims to help these youths by living up to their name- with unconditional love.
The stories of the victims are contrasted by interviews from men who have purchased sex, exploring the sale of sex and the tactics that are used to conceal the truth these women are being coerced.
Director Morgen Earle helms this intensely important documentary. His love for his daughters is the main reason for his undying passion behind sharing this story. “I need this to happen. I need to tell this story, not for myself but for the millions of people who have been torn away from their loved ones and forced into a life of slavery.” Morgen approaches documentary filmmaking with an eye for the cinematic, crediting Werner Herzog as his inspiration for the style of Agápē
AJ Mandeville is the long time creative-partner of Director Morgen Earle and lends his hands to both the visual style and the technical aspects of Agápē. With the number of people currently in slavery reaching 30,000,000 people world wide AJ is fighting for a shift in laws that criminalize survivors of sex trafficking, encouraging lawmakers to focus on treating these survivors as victims and focusing on their road to recovery.
Shane L. Maus is an accomplished guerrilla style filmmaker, whose experience leads the Twelve27 crew “on-the-street” and at live events capturing the important real-world feel of the documentary. Shane’s drive comes from his belief that we still have the ability to be agents of change, and it is our duty to use our talents as filmmakers to harness that power.
Tony Marsh provides the calm amidst the storm, logging the footwork behind the important message presented in this documentary. Helping pull together the raw passion driving the Twelve/27 Films team, Tony is an integral part in transforming Agape into a cohesive and high quality documentary.