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  • Cutting-Edge, Compelling and Life-Saving June 16, 2017
    Hidden Tears Project co-founder Jordan Marinov

    Hidden Tears Project co-founder Jordan Marinov. (Photograph courtesy of Hidden Tears Project, and used with permission.)

    The Hidden Tears Project is producing virtual-reality films, among its upcoming projects.  And the results will almost certainly haunt you.

    That’s because Hidden Tears’ mission is to create media that raise mainstream awareness of an almost-hidden social problem: human trafficking in the United States.

    Jason Gurvitz gives a presentation at Toolbox LA

    Hidden Tears co-founder Jason Gurvitz at Toolbox LA, June 1, 2017.

    Entertainment professionals Jordan Marinov and Jason Gurvitz co-founded their nonprofit in  in 2015.  Drawing on their backgrounds in dance and filmmaking, respectively, Jordan and Jason collaborated with law-enforcement officials, survivors, and child advocates while recruiting top Hollywood talent .  Their first two resulting projects, the short films Unseen Dances and Tanya, are currently on their  website’s media page.

    Unseen Dances, which Jordan choreographed,  brings to light some of the shocking facts about human trafficking while exploring, through dance, the world of women abducted into the sex trade.   (Jordan is the Artistic Director of her own dance company, Marinov Dance, and has performed all over the world as both an actress and a dancer.)

    Jason Gurvitz closeup

    Meanwhile, the dramatic short Tanya, which Jason co-produced, shows the stark realities of a young woman’s life as a prostitute.   (Jason, who is the founder of Green Dog Films, also co-directed Unseen Dances.  His past projects, prior to the Hidden Tears Project, have included producing the critically-acclaimed film “Avenged” and directing the anti-trafficking short documentary “Until They All Come Home”.)

    In addition to producing awareness-raising content, Hidden Tears hosts events and screenings, donating the proceeds to their nonprofit collaborators.   They also have a blog, featuring articles and resources, as well as  The Hidden Tears Project Podcast, available on Soundcloud.

    Jordan and Jason shared the story of creating the Hidden Tears Project, talked about their experiences creating their content, and shared some insights into what’s involved in using the new medium of 360-degree virtual reality to put viewers into stories they won’t soon forget.

    On this episode of Over Coffee® you’ll hear:
    • How Jordan and Jason first became aware of the issue of human trafficking;
    • What was involved for them, in creating Hidden Tears;
    • Jordan and Jason’s experiences on creating their first two Hidden Tears projects;
    • A preview of their next (virtual-reality!) projects, Shades of Red and Silencio;
    • Some of the creative challenges involved, for both directors and talent, in creating virtual-reality films;
    • Resources and nonprofits dedicated to fighting human trafficking, with whom you can get involved;
    • The experiences which Jordan and Jason have found most rewarding, so far, in creating their content;
    • Some of the factors behind the enormous cost of rescuing the victims of human trafficking;
    • Jordan and Jason’s recommendations for fellow creatives who want to create VR content for a cause;
    • How you (despite a busy life) can help  the Hidden Tears Project–or make a difference by donating time and talent to another nonprofit which serves human trafficking survivors.


    Saving Innocence – nonprofit devoted to ending the sexual exploitation of children.

    Treasures – faith-based outreach support group to women in the sex industry

    Love 146 – prevents child exploitation through education, and cares for survivors

    Maria Suarez Foundation – Led by survivor Maria Suarez, this nonprofit is dedicated to “eradicating slavery in all forms”: coerced labor, sex slavery or trafficking.

    ARC (Association for the Recovery of Children) – Nonprofit organization of former and active intelligence, law and military personnel who work to recover missing and exploited American children in foreign and domestic locations.

    Polaris Project – helps survivors, prevents trafficking and pursues traffickers through data and technology

    Rights4girls – human rights organization, dedicated to ending sex trafficking and gender-based violence in the United States.

    Traffick Free – Chicago-based faith-motivated nonprofit that provides victim services and programs to end human trafficking in the Chicago metropolitan area.

    The Freedom Ride Project – This 1,500-mile bike ride to raise awareness about human trafficking started in 2016.  Their next Freedom Ride, from Bend, Oregon, leaves September 16, 2017.  Here’s their map–and you can also volunteer, sponsor or plan an event through their website.


  • A Place of Empowerment December 18, 2015
    For our Christmas hiatus, we’ll be rebroadcasting some of our most popular Over Coffee® episodes from 2015.
    (Photo courtesy of Jenna Edwards, and used with permission.)

    (Photo courtesy of Jenna Edwards, and used with permission.)

    Filmmaker Jenna Edwards is all about joy and creativity.

    But to get there, she had to survive the unthinkable.

    Jenna is an IAWTV Red-Carpet film producer,  professional actor, and writer.  She is also the Executive Producer of the new talk show, Wake Up™, which premiered in May of 2015.  And in April of 2015, she was one of the speakers on a stand-out panel on “Women in New Media”, at New Media Expo.

    The catalyst for her current life?   2003’s tragic Santa Monica Farmer’s Market accident.  Nine people died when an elderly driver’s car plowed through the market, and Jenna was left with severe injuries and PTSD.  After recovering, she was determined to live the life she most wanted–and to empower others to create theirs.  That’s what ultimately led her to found her lifestyle brand, Create With Jenna.

    Jenna talked about her background, her experiences dealing with PTSD, the new perspective her “near-death experience” gave her on her life and work, and her current projects.

    In this episode of Over Coffee®, you’ll hear:
    • The unusual childhood experiences that led to Jenna’s development as a creative professional;
    • How Jenna decided to move to California and become an actor;
    • What happened next, with her career;
    • How the Farmer’s Market  tragedy put her back in touch with her “inner voice”;
    • Her experience with PTSD and the techniques she learned to conquer it;
    •  One anti-panic-attack trick that may sound funny–but Jenna says it works!
    • The circumstances that started Jenna working as a film producer;
    • Jenna’s experiences producing the independent movie April Showers;
    • One of the best lessons she learned about filmmaking;
    • The take-charge career decision Jenna made that freed her to follow her own path;
    • The early magic of her first days executive-producing of Wake Up™;
    • A demo “Create With Jenna” lesson in breaking down a goal into small steps;
    • A “New Year’s Resolution” strategy that works around the way most of us fail at these, and helps Jenna accomplish her creative goals–long AFTER January 1!
    • Her steps to creating a dream with intention.
  • Remaking “The Industry” December 11, 2015
    For our Christmas hiatus, we’ll be rebroadcasting some of our most popular Over Coffee® episodes from 2015.
    (Photograph courtesy of Jenn Page, and used with permission.)

    (Photograph courtesy of Jenn Page, and used with permission.)

    Kindness and magic aren’t necessarily the main elements of Hollywood.

    But on filmmaker Jenn Page‘s sets, they’re essentials.

    Jenn is a professional actor and director who founded Luminave Films in 2012.   Her goal was to produce films for women to star in, direct, produce–and even work on as crew members, if technical positions are their area of interest.   Luminave’s mission is to create positive sets where everyone’s welcome to be creative, as projects get completed on time and films that are produced by, for, and/or show women in a positive light.

    Jenn at IAWTV Awards1_edited-2

    Jenn ‘s work has won multiple audience awards at festivals, and two of her short films have sold for distribution, so far.  Currently, she’s directing the talk series Wake Up, and in April, she directed and produced the IAWTV Awards at the New Media Expo, in Las Vegas.  (She also hosted a great panel on “Women in New Media”!)

    Jenn talked about her background, the experiences that served as a catalyst for her creation of Luminave Films, and her plans for the future.

    In this edition of Over Coffee®, you’ll hear:
    • The early influence that underscored Jenn’s determination to succeed;
    • The less-than-ideal work experience that became the catalyst for the creation of Luminave Films;
    • What worked for her, in the early days of creating Luminave Films;
    • What’s behind the “magic” of some of the amazing things that have happened for her;
    • How she came to create award-winning short film “Love Unconditional”;
    • One of Jenn’s most exciting experiences directing Wake Up;
    • The artist’s perspective she’s chosen to adopt, that helps her achieve her dreams;
    • What she’s doing with an exciting new project;
    • Her advice for fellow directors on getting the best performances from actors;
    • The main ways she wants her work to change the film industry, and the world.
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