From ex-adult stars and recovering sex addicts to the leading U.S. organizations that exist to combat the effects of the adult entertainment pandemic, a new documentary uncovers the illegal operating practices of this multi-billion-dollar industry, which continues to fuel human sex trafficking on American soil.
Motion picture production company White Shadow Films said today that it has completed physical production on its new television docu-series, Ten Million Throwaways.
Ten Million Throwaways tells the R-rated story of a handful of individuals on both sides of the camera.
All were involved in the adult film business, and all were either sexually abused as children or exposed to graphic material at a young age.
Written and directed by Australian-born filmmaker Andrew Douglas and shot on several continents, the documentary shines a light on the adult entertainment industry, and its direct links to human sex trafficking, which generates $32 billion every year.
Narrated by Michael Madsen (Reservoir Dogs, Donnie Brasco, The Hateful Eight, Kill Bill, Sin City), the six-part series was filmed on location in several countries as well as sex trafficking hotspots in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Phoenix, Arizona.
Notable real-life cast include musician Jason Chu, ex-adult performers Crissy Moran and Jan Villarubia and former exotic dancer Harmony Dust, who have collectively starred in more than 100 adult movies.
"In 2006, the revenue from the U.S. adult entertainment business was over $13.3 billion, which is more than the NFL, NBA and major league baseball combined," said ex-stripper Harmony Dust.
Chu said: "You know between cigarettes, weed, drugs, gambling and the adult entertainment biz—one of those is clearly the cheapest option."
Howard Kazanjian, producer of Raider's of the Lost Ark, called the docu-series, "A brutally honest portrayal of a hidden addiction."
About the Cast
American actor Michael Madsen has made legendary contributions to cinema. With infamous roles in everything from Reservoir Dogs and Donnie Brasco to Kill Bill: Vol 1 & 2, Sin City and The Hateful Eight, he has made a lasting legacy in Hollywood. With a career spanning three decades, he is one of the world's most recognizable names in filmed entertainment and will continue to be so long after his time. Madsen now lends his voice to Ten Million Throwaways.
Crissy Moran is a former pornographic actress. She began working in adult entertainment in 1999, and between 2001 and 2006 had performed in over 50 adult films. In 2006, Moran quit working in the adult industry. After retirement, she began speaking out and appearing in national media projects addressing the harms of pornography, human sex trafficking and the sexual exploitation of women and children. Moran now travels domestically and internationally sharing her story.
Mitch Salmon is a former sex addict and one of only two men who came forward to share personal stories of overcoming addiction. He does so in the hope that other men will find freedom from their shame and addiction. Salmon believes that there are countless men from around the world who allow shame to keep them from ever speaking up about their own struggles and the freedom that can be experienced by breaking the addiction.
Jason Chu is a hip hop artist based in Los Angeles, California. He is inspired to write and perform and is on a mission to speak hope and healing in a broken world. In his own words, "I believe in hope. Hope is not easy. We're told, 'set your sights lower, care less and watch out for yourself. Your dreams are too foolish. Your hopes too childish.' But I believe it's right to care, to give and to be moved by what we see around us. The doubtful merely lack faith."
Jan Villarubia is an ex-porn star who now shares her amazing story, having left the sex industry several years ago. She is a wife, mother and author who is determined to raise awareness about the dangers of the adult industry. In doing so, she has helped hundreds of women from falling into the same trap that once held her captive.
Patrick Trueman is the president of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, based in Washington, D.C. The American nonprofit was established in New York in 1962 after grade-school children were found with hardcore pornography. The organization seeks to raise awareness about what they regard to be the harms of pornography and other obscenity on individuals, families and society. Some of their recent campaigns include The Safe Library Project and White Ribbon Against Pornography Week.
Harmony Dust is an American social activist for women who work or previously worked in the sex industry. Dust was an exotic dancer until the age of 19 but quit the industry in 1998. She is also the founder and executive director of Treasures Ministries—an outreach and support group for trafficked women operating in the sex industry capital of the world—the San Fernando Valley, California.
White Shadow Films is an independent film production company that exists to develop, package and produce life-affirming and entertaining motion pictures.
Douglas is the founder and director of White Shadow Films (WSF), establishing the production company in 2012. Better known for the producing side of the business, Douglas recently wrote and directed the documentary event series Ten Million Throwaways. He is responsible for steering the company into the future and is spearheading WSF's current projects.
Having lived and worked in Hollywood his entire life, Kazanjian has over 40 years of experience in the entertainment industry. He was vice-president of production at Lucasfilm for seven years and then served as vice-president of production at Universal Pictures. He is best known for producing Raiders of the Lost Ark as well as Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. Kazanjian plays a key supervisory role in positioning the WSF's projects in the marketplace for favorable foreign and domestic distribution deals.
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