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Matt, Neil, Josh and Zach sought out pornography on the Internet as adolescents. Today they are convicted felons on the National Sex Offender Registry. Their names, photos and addresses are public information available on the Internet. Their residency, movement and employment options are extremely limited.
Law enforcement officials say child pornography possession constitutes the fastest growing prosecuted crime in the US. END OF LOVE is a feature-length documentary about the lethal intersection of Internet pornography, the developing adolescent brain and the criminal justice system
With the proliferation of porn and the growing number of adolescents raised in a digital world, we find ourselves in a vast, uncontrolled social experiment. Vicki asks, “What did we do wrong as parents?” END OF LOVE asks, what have we done wrong as a society?
We will tell the stories of a few young men who were arrested for posession of child porngraphy after early exposure to Internet pornography grew into a destructive habit that spiraled out of control. By wrapping personal narratives of our subjects around an examination of the social, legal, and technological issues, we hope to show that this is not an “us and them” problem.
END OF LOVE raises critically important questions around a taboo subject and shows how child pornography destroys the lives of vulnerable youth on both sides of the screen.
Deb Ellis (Co-Director) is a documentary filmmaker whose work includes the Academy Award short-listed film, Howard Zinn: You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train. This film was released theatrically on over 100 screens across the country, has had several multi-year broadcast contracts, and is still actively distributed on DVD and streaming video by First Run Features. Deb is currently finishing a film about Iraq and Afghan War veterans AWOL in Canada, Peace Has No Borders. Deb is Associate Professor in the Film and Television Studies Program at the University of Vermont.
Alexandra Halkin (Co-Director) founded the Chiapas Media Project, an award winning bi-national organization that has trained over 200 indigenous men and women in video production in Chiapas and Guerrero, Mexico. A Guggenheim Fellowship and Fulbright recipient, Alexandra has produced five documentary shorts in Mexico, many of them award winning and her work has been broadcast and screened at film and video festivals worldwide. In 2010, she founded the Americas Media Initiative (AMI) a non-profit organization that works with Cuban filmmakers living in Cuba.