Tráfico "Meet The Girls"

tráfico is a character-driven American crime drama series about the dark invisible side of human trafficking within the United States. Set in a small central New Jersey town just twenty-miles from New York City and the world’s busiest transportation corridor.

Challenging and thought-provoking. First Frame Film's tráfico takes a provocative and unflinching look into the lives of the women and children who are bought, sold and forced to serve in the sex trade, the pimps, johns, and criminals responsible, and those dedicated to bringing the trafficking trade to its end.

The story is told through the lives of a multi-ethnic cast of characters: A runaway teen. An Ecuadorian shoe shop owner. Two corrupt detectives. An African-American FBI Agent and his partner. A sadistic grifter. A Hispanic undercover fed. A ruthless pimp. An ambitious politician…

tráfico dives headlong into the diverse melting pot of a post 9/11 world. A world where women and children are traded, coerced, commodified, bought and sold for sex, exploited, and forced to labor in sweatshops, american homes, and back alley brothels.

tráfico scrutinizes these characters, their relationships, their motivations, and their intimate involvement in the violent and criminal trade of human beings. The characters find themselves within a world where no one is who they seem to be and every body has a price.

Wry, powerful, and unpredictable, tráfico boldly reminds us that slavery indeed still exists in the United States of American, and anyone can be a victim or be the victimizer. tráfico shines a light into the dark crevices of modern day society in a blatant attempt to shock, disturb, and horrify its audience, uncover the darker side of human nature, and make visible the atrocities of human trafficking.

  • Joseph A. Eulo
    Director
    The Last American Shoemaker
  • Joseph A. Eulo
    Writer
  • Linda Nagle
    Writer
  • Joseph Eulo
    Producer
  • Tom Bentey
    Producer
    Flat Brim
  • Adam Perabo as Mickey
    Key Cast
  • Gonzalo Vargas as Ricardo
    Key Cast
  • Luralan Hicks as Maxine
    Key Cast
  • Cherry Barbo as Marcella
    Key Cast
  • Carina Castagna as Jenny
    Key Cast
  • Carlotta Summers as Tati
    Key Cast
  • Hope Yi. G as Jade
    Key Cast
  • Nicole Im as Charlie
    Key Cast
  • Dina Cataldi as Samantha
    Key Cast
  • Ivana Vranjes, UPM
    CREW
  • Kyle Weaver, Sound Mixer
    CREW
  • Ian Clarkson, 1st AD
    CREW
  • Dina Cataldi, Stunt Coordinator
    CREW
  • Mike Fels, Gaffer
    CREW
  • Jon Medez, DoP
    CREW
  • Jonathan Jeng, B Camera
    CREW
  • Eddie Karmin, 2nd AD
    CREW
  • Dylann Stahl, Fx Supervisor
    CREW
  • Rebecca Sorokac, HMU Supervisor
    CREW
  • Tom Bentey, Co-Producer
    CREW
  • Chuck Bowne, Location Manager
    CREW
  • Gerald Miranda, 1st AC
    CREW
  • Project Type:
    Television, Web / New Media
  • Genres:
    American, Crime, Drama
  • Runtime:
    7 minutes 37 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 15, 2014
  • Production Budget:
    3,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Shot on the RED
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    Yes
  • Creatively Speaking - Black Brown and Digital
    The New School University
Director Biography - Joseph A. Eulo

Joseph Eulo is an independent storyteller and freelance filmmaker working and studying in the Greater New York City Area.

He is the founder and CEO of First Frame Films, a collaborative production and design company based in Brooklyn, NY and Roselle NJ made up of an eclectic group of artists, actors, and filmmakers who share his passion for creating meaningful work that moves, entertains, and inspires audiences.

Joseph earned his Bachelors of Arts Degree in Film Production from the New School for Public Engagement in 2013, and is currently pursuing his Masters degree in media management at the New School, School of Media Studies.

In 2010 Joseph founded the New School Student Film Collective, an organization committed to fostering community among filmmakers within the college population. In 2012 he created the Garden State Filmmakers Association, and the Indie Film Collective of Greater NYC. Organizations dedicated to creating and encouraging community among, actors, artist, and filmmakers.

To date, Joseph has collaborated on over thirty narrative, documentary, projects ranging from music videos, web series, short films, and documentaries often taking on many different roles on and off set.

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Director Statement

tráfico is an American crime drama series created, produced, and directed by Joseph Eulo, a graduate student at the New School, School of Media Studies, in New York City.

tráfico is Joseph’s “passion piece” and represents the culmination of his Master’s thesis. The purpose of tráfico is to entertain, engage, and inform its audience about the truth of human trafficking within the United States, and abroad, using a character-driven dramatic narrative.

Joseph believes that, until now, the portrayal of human trafficking in television and film has been stylized to a point where audiences accept human trafficking as a fiction rather than for the reality that it is. He believes a weekly episodic series would keep the topic in the social conscience and foster a dialog among its audience about the true horrors of human exploitation that can be found in their backyards.

Not everyone wants to learn something when they go to see a film, but everyone wants to be entertained.

Can a character-driven dramatic narrative entertain, engage, and inform an audience about a modern-day social issue such as human trafficking? For Joseph, the answer is yes. Dramatic narratives serve to tell compelling stories that move people to take action.