When we reported on Craig “Sawman” Sawyer’s charity Vets4ChildRescue’s 2018 IRS Form 990, we gave him the benefit of the doubt that he really was going to release a documentary. Well, he’s come through. Contraland is finally available…on YouTube, not Netflix.
At the time of writing, the video has been out for 3 days and has 13,806 views and Veterans For Child Rescue’s YouTube channel has 724 subscribers.
We estimate V4CR has raised about $2 million so far around their mission to create this documentary, which must make it one of the most expensive YouTube videos ever made. It appears there is not a great relationship between NASCAR sponsorship and YouTube subs.
By contrast, the documentary Out of Shadows has been out for about a month and has received more than 12 million views just on their official channel.
This free movie has become the subject of a lawsuit between Tiffany Fitzhenry and Mike “The Stuntman” Smith. TL;DR: he claims she libeled him by text messaging his wife.
The Out of Shadows movie has also been viciously attacked by LARPer Jason Goodman, who accused one of the producers, his former frequent guest Kevin Shipp, of buying fake subscriptions. Goodman has had Craig Sawyer on his show several times; will he now promote this movie, as a rival to Shipp’s?
Although I still have my doubts about Craig Sawyer, I commend him for doing the right thing and releasing his documentary for free. Let’s hope it has some positive benefit in stopping the scourge of child sex trafficking. So far they’ve only helped bust a few low-level pedos.
(h/t Cathy Fox for giving me the heads up on this release).