In the spring of 2003, Jason Russell, Bobby Bailey, and Laren Poole traveled to Africa in search of a story to change the world. What started out as a filmmaking adventure transformed into much more when these three boys from Southern California found themselves stranded in Northern Uganda. What they found was a tragedy that disgusted and inspired them; they found a story where children are the weapons and the victims. They discovered children being abducted from their homes and forced to fight as child soldiers. The “Invisible Children: Rough Cut” film exposes the effects of a 20-year-long war on the children of Northern Uganda. They originally screened the film in June 2004 for friends and family and soon expanded to high schools, colleges and religious institutions. From suburban living rooms to Capitol Hill, with coverage on Oprah, CNN, the National Geographic Channel, and more, this film has taken on a life of its own. Today, an estimated 1.5 million people have seen and been impacted by the film, all due to the efforts of those on the grassroots level. In September 2004, the non-profit, Invisible Children, Inc. was born from the film. It has grown to become the awareness, mobilization, and fundraising effort taking place throughout America and other countries around the world by people who are inspired to act. Through letters to Congress and inspirational art projects, the voices of many were heard across the world. Invisible Children’s vision is to change culture, policy and lives through collisions of power and poverty. It is Invisible Children’s belief that we need to live for more, because the invisible children need more to live.