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Out Today: “UNSEEN” – A CAUTIONARY TALE THAT THE FILMMAKERS HOPE WILL BE A CONVERSATION STARTER ABOUT SAFETY ON SOCIAL MEDIA

Out Today! UNSEEN – Starring Rhyon Nicole Brown (Empire) and Isabella Blake-Thomas (Disney’s Secret Society of Second Born Royals), now available FREE online.

A CAUTIONARY TALE THAT THE FILMMAKERS HOPE WILL BE A CONVERSATION STARTER ABOUT SAFETY ON SOCIAL MEDIA,
“UNSEEN”
STARRING RHYON NICOLE BROWN AND ISABELLA BLAKE-THOMAS

NOW AVAILABLE FROM LEOMARK ON AMAZON.COM & AMAZON PRIME, AND AVAILABLE FREE ONLINE AT VIMEO, FACEBOOK, YOUTUBE, AND MOTHERANDDAUGHTERENT.COM

Inspired by true events, a small-town girl makes a simple social media mistake, leading her down a dangerous path, never to be seen again. The short film brings into light the role technology plays in the facilitation of human trafficking and child exploitation.

Los Angeles, CA (October 15, 2019) – Writer/director Elizabeth Blake-Thomas’s UNSEEN starring Rhyon Nicole Brown (Fox’s Empire) and Isabella Blake-Thomas (Disney’s Secret Society of Second Born Royals, ABC’s Once Upon a Time) was released today on DigitalHD by Leomark Studios. Rhyon Brown and Isabella Blake-Thomas play best friends who come across what seems to be a modeling contest on social media. It is not.

“We’re proud to support Ms. Blake-Thomas in her mission to bring attention to social media’s role in human trafficking. If seeing UNSEEN alerts even one child or parent to potential danger, it will have been invaluable,” said Maria Collis of Leomark Studios.

Elizabeth Blake-Thomas felt compelled to make a film about child trafficking, fame lures, and fake social media modeling contests with promises of fame and fortune to teenagers around the world, after hearing the story of a girl from Utah who was abducted and trafficked for five years before she escaped and returned to her family. The film is a cautionary tale about the dangers lurking on social media and follows the days leading up to, and of the disappearance of one of the best friends. It is age-appropriate for children, teens, and young adults who use social media, and it is non-graphic.

(LtoR) Yolanda Wood and Rhyon Nicole Brown in UNSEEN
In UNSEEN, a teenage girl’s innocent social media mistake has dire consequences. Carly (Brown), 17, like most teenagers, wants to have her own money, be seen at parties, get out of her small town and find something better, even become famous. Carly’s way out of her current situation comes in the form of a social media advertisement that she sees on her phone: an agency looking for models and offering them a prize of $1,000.
Carly decides to meet with the modeling agency and puts herself in an unsafe position by going alone and not telling her mother. This leads to her being unseen, never to be seen again. By the time family and friends realize that no one knows Carly’s whereabouts, it is too late. This is “fame lure” and can happen to any child, anywhere at any time.
“I didn’t want to show a film that depicted what happens in the trafficking industry, there are plenty of films that show that. I wanted the audience watching to experience what the characters did in the moment. That before they know what’s happened, it’s too late. The trafficking has happened,” said Elizabeth Blake-Thomas.
(LtoR) Rhyon Nicole Brown and Isabella Blake-Thomas in UNSEEN
UNSEEN tells the story of child trafficking from the point of view of the child lured into danger, and shows how quickly it can happen, and that it could happen to anyone, anywhere. Being a single mom who works hard, director Elizabeth Blake-Thomas wanted to tell the story through a situation that could have been hers. She did not want to portray a family who had drug abuse or physical abuse issues. Rather, she portrays just a normal family with the common issues every family faces, because child trafficking can happen to any family, even a family where a caring mom tries to do her best, and working hard to make her family’s lives better.
“Every parent with a teen knows there are dangers on social media. It’s a scary place. The online wolves can disguise themselves in sheep’s clothing in infinite ways. We must repeatedly discuss online safety with our kids and try to teach them how to be safe. Hopefully, UNSEEN will be a conversation starter. There are no easy answers, and the problem isn’t going away,” said Elizabeth Blake-Thomas.

(LtoR) Rhyon Nicole Brown and Isabella Blake-Thomas in UNSEEN
The film also stars Yolanda Wood (High School Musical 3: Senior Year), Rebecca Da Costa (The Bag Man), and Hillary Barraford (The United States of Tara).
“Rhyon and Yolanda were the perfect mother/daughter team depicting a typical loving, turmoil-filled parent/teenage relationship. Isabella played the slightly naive but naughtier best friend,” said Elizabeth Blake-Thomas.
UNSEEN was executive produced by Elizabeth Blake-Thomas with her daughter Isabella Blake-Thomas under her Mother & Daughter Entertainment banner, along with executive producer Cindy Cowan; and produced by Larry Schapiro of Nine Yards Entertainment, Francis O’Toole of Mercury Pictures, Maria Capp, Taryn Corbett-Kinney, Abbie Georganna, Chandler Kinney, Timothy Patrick, Mal Young, and Wayland; and associate produced by Herman Briggs III, Vivek Jamble, David Roberson, Derek Sepe, Bryan Sweeney, and Neil Sweeney. VFX by Illusion Ethereal.
Instagram: @unseenthefilm
Twitter: @UnseenTheFilm
UNSEEN is available at:
Amazon Prime and Amazon.com: https://amzn.to/2MhruRh (total running time 20mins)
UNSEEN is free to watch online at:
Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/365174275
Mother & Daughter Entertainment: https://www.motheranddaughterent.com/unseen

 

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