SEATTLE, WA - 1/14/2016 (PRESS RELEASE JET) -- Sometimes dreams do come true, and Molly Venzke can attest to that. This Seattle-based writer published her indie novel, CAGED, in late 2011 through CreateSpace, the amazon.com platform. Almost a year after publication, a movie producer contacted her asking if she’d like to see her novel adapted for the big screen. Lisa Arnold, Film Incito producer and director, went a step further and asked Molly to write the screenplay. And now, a little over 4 years after the first book sold, the movie CAGED NO MORE will hit theaters nationwide on January 22, 2016. In October, the film was awarded “Best Feature” at the 2015 La Femme International Film Festival in Los Angeles.
Moved by the issue of human trafficking and having a desire to help, Venzke decided to write a work of fiction that would be thrilling as it uncovered truths about sex trafficking, while keeping the imagery only suggestive enough that the average person could engage with it. “So many people won’t look at this issue because they are afraid of seeing something they can’t unsee, or feeling something too painful,” Venzke said. “I wanted to create a story that could enthrall readers about this topic, all the while instilling a sense of hope.” Venzke also chose to contractually donate 100% of all proceeds of the novel, as well as the movie rights and profits, to Trafficking Hope, a national NPO that effectively fights human trafficking. After writing the screenplay, Venzke released the 2nd edition of her novel on January 4th, 2016, with the title, CAGED NO MORE.
The trailer for CAGED NO MORE was debuted on NBC’s TODAY with Kathie Lee and Hoda, and the movie stars Emmy award-winner Loretta Devine (“Grey’s Anatomy”), Kevin Sorbo (GOD’s NOT DEAD, “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys”), Alan Powell (THE SONG), Anthony Evans (“The Voice” finalist and singer-songwriter), Cassidy Gifford (GOD’S NOT DEAD), with appearances by Gov. Bobby Jindal, Fox News Anchor Gretchen Carlson, Grammy award-nominee Natalie Grant, and NBC’s TODAY host, Kathie Lee Gifford.
Inspired by real events, CAGED NO MORE is the story of Aggie Prejean (Devine), a Cajun grandmother on a desperate search to find her two granddaughters, Skye (Gifford) and Elle, who have been kidnapped by their sinister father (Sorbo). As details behind the girls’ disappearance unravels, it’s discovered they’ve been taken to Greece to be sold into the sex trade. Aggie enlists the help of the girls’ uncle, a New Orleans philanthropist, Richard DuLonde (also played by Sorbo), and his son, Wil (Powell), who is former Special Forces. A global hunt ensues, and the team will stop at nothing to see the girls safely returned home.
About Molly Venzke:
Molly Venzke is a speaker, screenwriter, blogger, and high school teacher. She is passionate to teach and encourage others to relentlessly pursue their dreams and live their lives to the fullest. After editing and ghostwriting over a dozen non-fiction books for prolific speakers, marketplace leaders, and pastors, she set out to write her debut novel, "Caged." A year after its publication, the book was picked up by movie producers and adapted for the screen. Molly was given the opportunity to write the screenplay, and the movie entitled, "Caged No More" will release in theaters nationwide January 22, 2016.
To watch a trailer of CAGED NO MORE, go to www.cagednomoremovie.com