I Just Won a World Press Photo Award and a POYi, But I’m Not Celebrating:
A documentary project about social issues is worth nothing if it doesn’t improve the lives of its subjects. "I am deeply honored for the recognition by the photojournalism community, but the awards are about my work and that work is nothing until it makes a difference for the people whose struggle I’ve witnessed."
I'm a Photojournalist and I've Been Working with Policy Makers; Should I Feel Dirty?
To help develop government policy is to walk an ethical tightrope, but fine-tuned partnerships can keep us on the straight and narrow. For the sake of positive change, journalists must go beyond business-as-usual.
Long Feature , 2015 , 1st prize
"Making your story and releasing it is only half of the work," said Mr. DeVigal a former multimedia editor at The New York Times. "The other half of the work is to really engage with an audience and capture the needs of a community so it sparks change."
The Long Night is not a polemic. It doesn’t propose a solution. Instead, it forcefully reminds us that sex trafficking doesn’t purely exist on the fringes of society.
“Trafficking is a symptom of greater underlying social issues,” Matsui says. “We need a more concerted effort to design and fund harm reduction programs that serve both addicts and trafficking survivors. That’s essential, I think.”
"In spite of a growing national awareness about the commercial sexual exploitation of children, broad-reaching resources and "wrap services" remain limited. For Lisa, a young Seattle-area woman struggling to leave a life of sex work and addiction, this is literally a life or death issue."
HUFFINGTON POST BY CLAIRE TOPALIAN
What's Next for Sex Trafficking in Washington State? Filmmaker Tim Matsui Shares How You Can Help
KCUR’s Steve Kraske interviews filmmaker Tim Matsui and FBI Supervisory Special Agent Heath Yanke prior to a screening of The Long Night in Kansas City, Missouri.
Sara Lerner speaks with filmmaker Tim Matsui, who says he believes exploiting minors in this way is a symptom of underlying causes. The film is a raw, gritty look at the lives of several people thrust into this world.
"Incredibly intimate look at a young West Coast woman's battle to leave a life of sex work and addiction."
HUFFINGTON POST BY DAVID RYDER
"The Long Night is a gripping and honest account of addiction, sex work, and the lives of a survivor and her family. Viewers also get to know the police who are trying to change the system, and a young woman who can't break free of the life.....You need to see this film about sex work and addiction."
Blue Earth Alliance Project Photographer Tim Matsui speaking on The Long Night, community partnerships, and using media for social change. Recorded live in Seattle Center’s McCaw Hall for DPReview’s PIX2015.
"Seattle-based journalist Tim Matsui released a film this week that takes viewers into a dark side of our community - one usually only discussed via troubling statistics and anonymity."
Winners of Pictures of the Year International: "The documentary moving image project of the year was Tim Matsui’s “The Long Night”."
Ed Kashi, Tim Matsui Win Top Multimedia Prizes at 2015 POYi: "Tim Matsui won Documentary Project of the Year for The Long Night, a film he produced with MediaStorm about teenage prostitution."
Tim Matsui, TIME Win Top Prizes in 2015 World Press Multimedia Contest
Top awards from NPPA: First Place Documentary Multimedia Story, Best Use of Multimedia, and Second Place Multimedia Portfolio as a contributor.
"Photographers need to think beyond [photography]. Gallery shows and coffee table books are cool, but how far will they reach? Who will they inspire? I’m not saying shoot a feature film, but there are many ways to build an audience and tell a story today. It’s important to think in terms of partnership and be quick to pivot as opportunities appear, technology changes, or the story takes an unexpected turn."
In this part of the interview, Tim Matsui shares advice on becoming a photojournalist and telling stories to create social change.
"Trafficking for sex is about demand. Be it for exploited women, girls, or boys, it is a devaluing of life to satisfy desire. I am not saying all sex work is exploitation, but I believe children are off limits and willful ignorance of exploitation is part of the problem."
In Part 1 of his interview with The Pixel Project, Tim describes his introduction to the cause to end violence and his dedication to storytelling through documentary film.
"We all share in universal themes like love, family, overcoming adversity, etc. That connects us. Having a character with a beautiful story to help us understand these universal themes can enrich our lives, create empathy, and help us be better people. Story helps us relate and connect."
The Long Night Wins 1st Place Long Form Documentary Feature in 2015 World Press Photo competition.
"The 2015 World Press Photo competition has given First Place in the Long Feature Documentary category to “The Long Night” by Tim Matsui and MediaStorm. World Press Photo is one of the oldest and respected competitions for photojournalism and documentary photography."
CAUSEBEAUTIFUL ON STOREHOUSE
A week's worth of featured Instagram posts for Cause Beautiful, Hipstamatic's foundation.
RECAP: 8 Things to know about Seattle and King County's Sex Trafficking Crisis.
With Tim Matsui, King County senior deputy prosecuting attorney Val Richey, Organization for Prostitution Survivors co-founder Noel Gomez, Seattle Against Slavery executive director Robert Beiser, and Businesses Ending Slavery and Trafficking executive director Mar Brettman
"I want people to have an emotional connection with the characters and to understand how far-reaching the [sex-trafficking] issue is, and how it comes from these root causes we don't generally think about."
A conversation about photojournalism, documentary, and covering difficult social justice stories.
SEATTLE TIMES OP-ED by Thanh Tan
“The Long Night,” is an important look into the underbelly of the Northwest region’s sex trade. Anyone who cares about kids should view it."
DP REVIEW ON THE GEAR TIM MATSUI USED TO SHOOT THE FILM
"I shot mostly handheld and with no supplementary light. I pushed the 5D II to it's limits. Most of my filming was done at night, at times shooting in the dark at 3200 ISO, 30/sec, F2.8. It shows in the film, but it's the gear I had."
"I see the film as a broad audience outreach tool; it builds awareness," he says, with hopes that it also serves as a catalyst for community dialog. His ultimate goal, he says, is to facilitate "a shift in cultural and institutional norms."
"Seattle journalist Tim Matsui, who has covered human sex trafficking in Cambodia, in 2012 and 2013 turned his lens on the personal stories inside the Seattle domestic sex trafficking and teenage prostitution."
PDN ANNOUNCES TIM MATSUI RECEIVES FLEDGING FUND GRANT WITH PARTNER A FOURTH ACT
"Matsui will use the grant to engage audiences and spur dialogue about sex trafficking of minors in the US."
ALEXIA FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES WINNER OF WOMEN'S INITIATIVE GRANT
"Matsui's proposal highlighted a growing and serious problem that is an issue in nearly every city large or small throughout the United States."
THE PIXEL PROJECT: PHOTOGRAPHERS SUPPORTING AN END TO VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
"We hope that these 16 photographers will engage you and inspire you to share and expand your own creative conversations about violence against women."