It's been a beautiful, painful and non-linear 7 years at Unearthed. Many of you supported the Heart of Man film in its infancy back in 2010 when the emphasis was solely on sexual exploitation and trafficking. Others of you found out by word of mouth, fundraisers, email blasts, social media and conferences. However you came to partner with us, I want to thank you. The Heart of Man film saw its official nationwide release in theaters on September 14th, and over 50,000 of you came out to support the film. That evening was by no means the end of the road - we had demand for a theatrical encore on October 17th, and more is ahead in the way of international release and a tour.
2017 will be the final year of operation for Unearthed as an organization. We created Unearthed to make the Heart of Man film - and now that the film is complete, we are handing over the duties of distributing the film (and all of its subsequent resources) to some trusted friends of ours. Here are a few things to know moving forward:
- If you want your automatically recurring donation to stop, you can email me directly and I'll take care of you.
- If you want to continue giving towards the film (we have much more planned in the way of a tour, curriculum and international distribution), you don't need to do a thing! Donations will automatically come out as usual. The only change is who you'll be giving to. Your donation will be transferred to a trusted partner organization of ours called PureHope. Noel and his team there will safely and securely "inherit" your giving subscription beginning Jan 1, 2018 - and all support you continue to give toward the film will be given to PureHope, not Unearthed. PureHope is also a 501(c)(3) organization, and all your gifts will continue to be tax-deductible. We trust their team implicitly and have worked closely with them on the film since 2013 - they will manage all correspondence, communication and admin for the Heart of Man through to completion.
- The Heart of Man will play again in select cinemas nationwide in the US on October 17th. Tickets can be purchased here. Group tickets can be acquired here.
- All information on the film can be found at the official Heart of Man film website
- A list of Frequently Asked Questions (and their corresponding answers) can be found here
- We hope to release the Heart of Man film internationally in 2018, but no solid release plans have been secured due to a present lack of funding. Jason Pamer can be reached with specific questions.
- The Heart of Man film will release on iTunes and DVD by the end of 2017 - information on the release will be announced via our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.
You all made this film happen, and the movement is only in its beginning stages. The team at PureHope has my implicit trust, and they are absolutely the right people to steward this resource. I am available to answer any and all questions and concerns - click here to send me an email.
Once we roll into 2018, all correspondence will be handled by the team at PureHope
It's been a wild, beautiful, transformative journey because of your presence and generosity - and we got the thing done! We actually got it done!
Cheers to the road ahead...and all of the change that will happen because of your support.