Los Angeles, CA – March 28, 2019 – Following the release of ‘NONA’, the film industry unites to speak out against the global epidemic of human trafficking. Watch ‘NONA’ today: https://nonamovie.com/watch.
From longtime celebrated Cinematographer / Writer / Director Michael Polish (Big Sur, Twin Falls Idaho, Northfork) and Executive Producer, Kate Bosworth (Blue Crush, Superman Returns, Netflix’s upcoming I-Land), NONA has sparked Hollywood/influencers to shed light on the ongoing and worldwide issue of human trafficking.
“With NONA – we seek to give a face to this global epidemic, and through our art, contribute to making the world a better place,” stated Bosworth in recent interview with Parade.
Produced by Make Pictures Productions, NONA follows the journey of a young Honduran woman who becomes a victim of human trafficking after falling into the trap of a charismatic man, promising her a better life in America. According to Polaris (the nonprofit that seeks to disrupt trafficking networks), “In most cases, victims are recruited into sexual slavery by intimate partners or someone who they think could become an intimate partner,” reported Bustle.
As a story of survival against all odds, the NONA (aka ‘No Name’) follows Nona (Sulem Calderon) who encounters a handsome traveler, Hecho (Jesy McKinney), who promises to get her safely to America, where she can reunite with her mother. Beginning as an idyllic and scenic trip headed for a better life, Nona’s journey soon becomes perilous as she reaches the Mexican border. Transcending into ultimate darkness with her eyes blindfolded, Nona realizes that what she thought was a love story is actually a nightmare.
Polish’s empathetic and powerful narrative storytelling strips down to showcase the vulgar, disgusting business and manipulation of human trafficking, painting an entirely new picture of how we see and deal with the worldwide epidemic. NONA was made to put a face to the name (hence, ‘No Name’) of the countless victims impacted by human trafficking from all four corners of the world, making clear that these victims aren’t faceless statistics.
“Bosworth gives a monologue explaining the events of the previous 85 minutes – each glimmer of betrayal by Hecho comes to light, and each questionable choice melts away as the story comes to a climax, mirroring the first shot, settling on Nona’s face,” wrote The Simple Cinephile.
NONA is a wakeup for viewers to move towards taking action and providing empathy after realistically seeing those who have survived the impossible.
Top Hollywood talent and influencers, including Priyanka Chopra, Zoe Saldana, Eiza Gonzalez, Jenna Dewan, Selma Blair and more, have shown support for Bosworth and NONA, as they’ve united over the cause of human trafficking, speaking out for the need to protect the countless innocent victims worldwide, reminding us that each are human beings themselves.
See Instagram shout outs here: https://www.instagram.com/stories/highlights/17991540346036903/.
NONA is now streaming on digital streaming platforms (inDemand, Amazon, DirecTV, Fandango, FlixFling, Vudu, Vimeo on Demand, AT&T, Hoopla, Comcast, Charter, Cox, Brighthouse and Sling/Dish).
Watch the official trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_WxW4DMAiI&t=1s
NONA has collaborated with the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST), who helps human trafficking victims internationally, nationally and locally in Los Angeles. Alongside Bosworth, the human trafficking tale stars up and coming actress, Sulem Calderon (One of the Good Ones, upcoming 2020 Jungle Cruise with Emily Blunt and Dwayne Johnson) and Jesy McKinney (One of the Good Ones).
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NONA (2017, 91 min.) Directed and written by: Michael Polish. Executive producers: Kate Bosworth, Jennifer Sulkess. Editor: Aidan Haley, Michael Polish. Cinematographer: Michael Polish. USA; Spanish, English dialogue. Make Pictures Productions, Rock Salt Releasing.
PRODUCTION COMPANY: Make Pictures Productions
Formed in 2017, Make Pictures Productions is a joint venture between filmmaker Michael Polish and actress and producer Kate Bosworth. The production company is a continuation of the couple’s artist/muse dichotomy created in effort to “Make Pictures That Matter”. NONA, which received the Richmond International Film Festival’s Founder’s Award in 2018, is the first feature co-produced by the husband and wife team. In 2018, NONA was honored at the Sun Valley Film Festival with the “One in a Million” award, which is given to successful films that were created with a budget of less than $1 million. The film was also showcased at the Seattle Film Festival and Manchester Film Festival. Make Pictures Productions’ upcoming slate includes a teen docuseries, sci-fi film GENESIS, and the Sharon Tate biopic TATE.
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