iEmpathize - Human Trafficking 101

The content of this film is disturbing and not for young eyes and ears.  The stories presented in this movie are sobering, to say the least.  

Human trafficking and the sex trade is alive and well.  And it's not just "over there."  It's serious business, with an emphasis on the word "business.  iEmpathize is an amazing organization that is utilizing the arts to bring awareness and life change to thousands of men and women, young boys, and girls who are being exploited every day. Every night.  For these children the nightmare continues with out any escape. They can't "turn it off." They can't close their eyes. They will never be able to say "I've had enough"...unless you and I do something.

Founder of iEmpathize: BRAD RILEY.  Location Video Footage: TIM HILL.  Location Audio Recording: JESSIE MAREK.  Still Photography: PETE GIBSON.  Music by SON LUX.  Director / Editor: STEPHEN VIDANO.          a VIDANO FILMS production


Twice Abandoned - Orphan's Tree | Russia

In 1994 there were over 400,000 orphans in Russia.  By 2004 that number had doubled.  Currently over 60% of those orphans are now in their teens.  Unlike their N. American counterparts, orphans in Russia leave the orphanage at the age of 15-16 and come face to face with the realities of life on the streets.  They have no family. They have no support. They have little education or motivation to finish. They have few coping skills. They have nothing.  All too often they get caught up in drugs, crime and prostitution. Most of the time they are forgotten.

In the fall of 2009 VIDANO Films traveled with Orphan's Tree to Russia.  The resulting documentary tells the story and shows the heartbreaking dilemma teen orphans face every day in Russia.

Orphan's Tree is bringing hope and practical help to teen orphans all over Russia.

PRODUCTION CO.  |  VIDANO Films          PRODUCER + DIRECTOR |  Stephen Vidano          ORIGINAL MUSIC SCORE  |  Luke Atencio 


The Best of Me - Women'sVision Foundation

Produced for the Women'sVision Foundation (WVF) annual fund-raiser, VIDANO Films set out to capture the "life" and "heart" of an organization that challenges women to "be the best" in whatever endeavor of life.

PRODUCER + DIRECTOR: Stephen Vidano     VIDANO Films |     PRODUCTION COORDINATOR | Elizabeth Webb     ORIGINAL MUSIC SCORE | Luke Atencio