John Irwin’s ‘Hate Traffic’, winner of the MTV EXIT/The Click Five video competition
Celebrating the release of The Click Five new music video, ‘Don’t Let Me Go’, and the launch of MTV EXIT’s online video community http://vimeo.com/channels/mtvexit, we launched a captivating video contest to inspire people to get involved with human trafficking.
Lead singer of The Click Five, Kyle Patrick, sent this clip to congratulate John.
MTV EXIT also interviewed John and asked how he felt about winning the competition
MTV EXIT: What city do you live in? How old are you? Music you’re listening to now?
JOHN: My name is John Irwin, I’m 28 years old and I live in Los Angeles, CA. My music taste is kind of all over the place. I listen to a lot of movie soundtracks – right now Tron, Inception and E.T. are at the top of my playlist along with Royksopp, some classical music and… I just bought Weird Al Yankovic’s new album.
MTV EXIT: How did you come up with the idea for your stunning video?
JOHN: When I saw this contest on Vimeo, I knew I had to enter. I’ve been passionate about exposing human trafficking for a while now – actually, I wrote a thriller feature script about human trafficking that I’m trying to find funding for. I recently directed a short film based on my feature script, as a way to promote the project. So the MTV Exit competition was a perfect storm for my interests and projects, and I loved the “Don’t Let Me Go” song from first listen.
MTV EXIT: How do you feel about being the winner!
JOHN: I’m so excited to win the competition!! It’s great to be part of something that is helping take a stance against this secretive multi-billion dollar industry. Human trafficing makes nearly as much money as drug trafficking yet it’s hardly ever talked about even though it’s violently destroying just as many lives. I’m so appreciative to MTV EXIT for putting on this contest, and I’m always searching for directing opportunities and this just struck me as a fun opportunity.
MTV EXIT: What’s your take on the human trafficking issue?
JOHN: I hadn’t heard about human trafficking until 3 years ago. The more I learned, the more shocked and disturbed I was– I couldn’t believe the billions of dollars made around the world and the millions of people involved internationally with such an awful crime. At the time, I was inspired to write a feature film about it because there hadn’t been any movies about the topic at all (this was before Taken or Trade).
Even still, it’s something that many people have never heard about and don’t understand. A lot of people think of human trafficking and prostitution as a life that’s been chosen and they just have never heard otherwise. That’s why I feel like any opportunity to spread the word and get exposure for the cause is a good one. The more people are aware of it, the more it’s discussed openly, the more opportunities to attack it.