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Personal Message from the Filmmakers

31 December 2012

It’s incredible how much the conversation about student debt has changed since we started working on the film back in 2007. There was virtually no attention given to the countless borrowers suffering in silence, and now, five years on there is hope.

We were so fortunate to connect with Alan Collinge (Student Loan Justice) at the very beginning of the project who alone was speaking out and fighting for student loan reform. Later on we were able to meet and interview Robert Applebaum (Student Debt Crisis), who united hundreds of thousands online. Both became integral supporters of the project throughout the years, and we share many memories of bringing awareness of the issue.

There were so many people who made this film possible, we invite you to read through the final credits. We want to especially thank the core members of our crew: our cinematographer Caio Simbula, who saved that first day in New York and never looked back, our editor Staci De Gagne, who spent many nights weaving her art into the final story, our composer Ben Flanagan, who layed a memorable track, our assist director Gianluca Corinaldesi who was the glue that kept it all together and our director of community outreach Kyle McCarthy who helped us transform the film into a movement.

Last but not least, our mentor and Executive Producer David L Brown, who believed in us from the very first frame and encouraged us to pursue our vision.

We have been enriched by everyone we’ve come in contact with over the course of making this documentary film, and the community we were so fortunate to become part of. Amazing things can happen when people come together and work on solutions.

Thank you,
Aurora and Serge

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