Ringling students becoming professionals—one award-winning project at a time.

Acclaimed actor Jon Voight recently visited Sarasota to explore Ringling College, meet with students and expand awareness of Sugar and the work being done to fight sex trafficking and exploitation by Voight’s long-time friend, More Too Life founder and Sugar expert consultant Dr. Brook Bello.

Voight is an Academy Award and four-time Golden Globe Award-winning actor. He was Bello’s first male mentor as she rebuilt her life in her twenties after escaping sex trafficking. Voight became the first man she trusted and he saw something special in Bello as she served him pancakes at LA’s famed Hamburger Hamlet each week.
His belief in her reinforced Bello’s belief in herself and has supported her many achievements since then.

The mutual alignments evidenced with Voight’s appearance with Studio Lab are part of the ongoing evolution and growth of the Sugar project. As part of this effort, Semkhor founder David Shapiro has allied with Bello’s More Too Life in a unique way to gain philanthropic support to fight sex trafficking and distribute supportive original content.

Ringling College and Semkhor are developing documentary projects with Bello that highlight the root causes of human exploitation with the idea that the creation of original, meaningful and compelling programming can be used as an engine for social justice.

By Rich Schineller  |  Photography by Rich Schineller

To learn more about Jon Voight’s time at Studio Lab, read our blog.