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Salon Follow-Up: The Rescue w/ Tess Cacciatore

Updated: May 4

Thanks to everyone who was with me for the second salon of this HOPE, SWEET HOPE online screening salon series! For those who booked and couldn't make it, and any others, join us this Tuesday, the last of this series. (btw, after that, we'll be on hiatus. To be notified of upcoming gatherings, “sign up for updates” or "join as a member” at the top right of the page at

Special thanks to my Featured Guest last Tuesday, multiple best-selling author & award-winning director & filmmaker Tess Cacciatore, who is also Founder and Global CEO of GWEN (Global Women’s Empowerment Network). Somehow she fit us in before her crack-of-dawn flight to Belize for a week of filming a series she's working on! 

Our post-screening conversation focused on the realities of human trafficking, our awareness (and lack thereof) of the issue, and our own experiences. Tess also was able to leave with new ideas and connections as she moves The Rescue forward, including the feature film, which is in production.

(Scroll down for salon follow-ups.)

CLOSING SALON / Next Tuesday, May 7

Past Featured Guest Gabriel Diamond Returns for the last salon of this series with 2 short films that he made for the Skoll Foundation: 

  • The Slum Dwellers - A Union for the Poor  Shot in Nairobi, Kenya. 

  • It's Not About the Question, which recently premiered at the Skoll World Forum.

Quick Links to RSVP:

Here’s to the ripples in your lives and beyond!



Salon Follow-Ups:

This second salon of the HOPE, SWEET HOPE series was about Home: Revoked & Returned. Before and after seeing Tess' film, we spoke of what we may not see, even though it's in plain sight. Through her film, we were literally brought into the room with a young girl who was being trafficked.

Film Recc:

Though trafficking extends beyond girls and women, I mentioned the award winning film, Brain Washed - Sex Camera Power. Using dozens and dozens of film clips, it shows how film and television have shaped our perceptions of females for decades.

This is a must-see film for everyone, including any creators of content. (Huge congrats to the filmmaking team, including my dear friend Sandra de Castro Buffington.)

  • Add Your Ripples to Tess' Anti-Human Trafficking Efforts:

    • GOT IDEAS?  As Tess said, “any and all ideas and introductions are welcome!." Those of you in Tuesday's salon will have her email so contact her directly. If not, message me for it.

    • CONNECT: The Rescue could be a great fit for schools, universities and other organizations as a bridge for meaningful discussion. (Schedule permitting, I could come in to facilitate this.)

    • SHARE THE FILM LINK: By sharing The Resue, you will help Tess build a following for greater awareness and action to stop human trafficking. (Check out the Comments for the link there too.)

  • As for In the Name of Hope, the film I'm directing, to make a tax-deductible donation, here's the link to our fiscal sponsor, The Film Collaborative.

    • Here's the promo reel and info on our team, etc.

    • A short excerpt from my interview with Caitlyn in DC, where we filmed the rally as the Johnson vs. Grants Pass case went before the Supreme Court

I hope to see you on the 7th with Gabriel, and Tess, who is busy in Belize, joins me in saying thank you!

Until soon,


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