Pearl Gluck Is A Filmmaker & Penn State University Film Professor. Pearl's Film THE TURN OUT Will Help Combat Truck Stop Sex Trafficking.
NOVEMBER 13 2017--FILM FINISHED
In a small town in Southern Appalachia, a trucker must decide if he will stand up and take action against sex trafficking at his truckstop
January 31 2016
I am sitting and having a Sunday brunch with Lionheart friend, Pearl Gluck, east of Union Square in a second avenue diner in New York City. Speaking clear and direct, she shares with me the agenda of finishing her remarkable film, The Turn Out. Pearl is a pretty much totally awesome friend and what I appreciate most about her is her momentum— Pearl has a driving force and advancing strength that enables her to complete tasks and finish projects. (And here I thought I got stuff done. Fuggedaboutit.)
Pearl is a Brooklyn girl, a self-discovered creative genius confirmed by many, and all-around fascinating. Pearl has a fast, decisive pace and it really pumps me up.
More about Pearl:
Pearl Gluck calls her process of making films "personal archeology." Each of her films combine an element of autobiographical storytelling with a crafted three-act structure, whether it be her debut film about her own trajectory from her Hasidic upbringing in Brooklyn to her latest film, The Turn Out, which turns the lens on domestic sex trafficking in Southern Appalachia. Pearl and her work have been part of the Sundance Lab, as well as played at the Cannes Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, and PBS.
Pearl founded Palinka Pictures, which is a multimedia production company with a twist— creating, writing and producing productions involving artists, media makers, and educators to make a difference through the arts.
Now she is raising finishing funds for her latest film, a documentary-fiction hybrid, which is nothing short of remarkable. The Turn Out tells the story of a trucker who discovers that an under-aged girl is being sex-trafficked at his local truck stop in Mineral Wells, West Virginia. He must decide if he will be moved to get involved or if he will remain a bystander. The cast includes truckers, trafficking survivors , and activists. It is a fictionalized storyline which emerged from her documentary research and shot on location where efforts are being made to combat local trafficking at truck stops.