Sidenote: I know today and the next few days will be terrifying, but I also know NYC is strong and has triumphed over the worst, you will get through this and come through it even stronger.
I love your city and have you in my heart and pray for you guys <3
Sweatshop is a short film collaboration between 3 NYU Tisch students, who are working hard to deliver a message about the corruptions involved in running sweatshops, particularly in oppressing young children. I encourage you to learn more about this film and possibly donate, especially since they only have 10 days left to raise enough funding!
The film was inspired by several articles on sweatshops found within US cities in the last 10 years. In particular, a Californian sweatshop employing Thai workers caught the director’s attention and inspired him to write the script.
Director: Chin Tangsakulsathaporn is a native Bangkoker from Thailand. After he got a bachelor’s degree in the Performing Arts. He started his film career as an actor and also work as a cable guy on set until he became a Commercial film director. He sold his awards to buy a one-way ticket to New York in 2006. Now he is awarded a full scholarship from the graduate film at Tisch, New York University and a scholarship from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS).
Cinematographer: Brian Lannin is a director and cinematographer based in New York City. His short film, AND WINTER SLOW won the best shortfilm at the Cinequest Film Festival in March, 2012. Brian’s works as cinematographer has shown at numerous prestigious festivals; BAYOU BLACK (dir. Jonas Carpignano, starring Michael K. Williams), received mention at the Woodstock Film Festival and ANGELS (dir. Zach Kerschberg), received the Cinematography Award at the Montana Internationl Film Festival. He is currently an MFA Candidate at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Producer: Alexandra Keyes was born in London and grew up moving back and forth between Hong Kong and LA. She returned to the UK for her undergraduate degree in Chinese Studies at Oxford, where she also discovered her passion for producing with the Oxford Revue, starting point for such comedians as Rowan Atkinson and Michael Palin. After graduating, Alex moved to Japan, where she produced a government-sponsored education show, Let’s Go EIGO!. She is currently enrolled in her first year in NYU’s MBA/MFA (Stern/Tisch) producing programme.
Gretchen debuted her collection at NYFW. I was a huge fan of hers during Project Runway season 8, and am still impressed by her. She always uses natural elements, and beautiful rich pops of colour blended into easy to wear clothing. I wish the best for her and am happy to see that she is aligned with the New York based organization Save The Garment Centre.