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Guilt. Confusion. Complicity. These were feelings that filmmaker Gwen van de Pas held onto for 20+ years, after being sexually assaulted by her swim coach as a child. What she didn’t realize, was that these feelings were caused by a psychological process called “grooming” that her perpetrator had put her through.
While an estimated 1 in 6 women and 1 in 33 men in the US are survivors of sexual assault, we hold many misconceptions about it. Most importantly, we believe that sexual assault is violently committed by scary-looking strangers. In reality, however, ~80% of sexual assaults are committed by someone known to the victim and involve a psychological process called “grooming”. Grooming is the process of 1) targeting vulnerable victims, 2) building a relationship that makes the victim feel special, 3) ensuring the victim feels complicit in the assault, and 4) therefore invoking feelings of guilt, shame, and hesitation to report.
“Groomed” follows Gwen as she returns to her home country of the Netherlands to confront her past, talk to her parents about the abuse, and decide whether to report her offender after 20+ years of silence. In her search for understanding, Gwen reaches out to other survivors whose stories look very different (from child abuse to college sexual assault) but all follow the same pattern of grooming and psychological response. And finally, ‘Groomed’ dives deep into the psychology of sexual predators through open conversations between Gwen and imprisoned offenders, as they explain how they target and groom their victims.
It is time we open our eyes to the truth about sexual abuse – and “Groomed” is the wake-up call we need.
World Premiere at Slamdance 2015, Acquired by Warner Brothers/New Line, Available now on Netflix, iTunes, Amazon and other VOD outlets
Batkid Begins tells the story of 5-year old Miles Scott who has spent half his life battling leukemia. Now, it’s his wish to transform into BatKid. San Francisco’s Make-a-Wish thinks bigger. Why not turn San Francisco into Gotham City. Then the idea goes viral. Will it overwhelm Miles, Make-a-Wish, and the city or will the good of humanity make this into a day to remember for millions?
TAKE ME TO THE RIVER
World Premiere at SXSW 2014
Take Me to the River is a feature documentary celebrating the inter-generational and inter-racial musical influence of Memphis in the face of pervasive discrimination and segregation. The film brings multiple generations of award-winning Memphis and Mississippi Delta musicians together, following them through the creative process of recording a historic new album, to re-imagine the utopia of racial, gender and generational collaboration of Memphis in its heyday. Featuring Terrence Howard, William Bell, Snoop Dog, Mavis Staples, Otis Clay, Lil P-Nut, Charlie Musselwhite, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Yo Gotti, Bobby Rush, Frayser Boy, The North Mississippi All-Stars and many more.
THEORY OF OBSCURITY: A FILM ABOUT THE RESIDENTS
World Premiere at SXSW 2015, Acquired by Film Movement for worldwide theatrical release in early 2016.
Theory of Obscurity will tell the story of the renegade sound and video collective known as The Residents. A story that spans 40 years and is clouded in mystery. Many details surrounding the group are secret, including the identities of its members.
We will take viewers inside this incredibly private group with unprecedented access to their archives and their current 40th anniversary tour. They’ve released more than 60 albums, performed all over the world and inspired many people to be weird, take chances and find their own voice.
Now, our film will introduce The Residents to a whole new generation.
UNEXPECTED JUSTICE: THE RISE OF JOHN PAUL STEVENS
Broadcast on WTTW in September 2015
Chicago in 1969 wasn’t a place to expect justice. Decades of political
corruption had earned the city a well-deserved reputation as a place
where powerful men acted with impunity… and when unknown local
attorney John Paul Stevens was asked to investigate corruption by
state Supreme Court judges, a cynical public expected business as
usual: another whitewash from inside the system.
Instead, Stevens put his own career at risk in a case involving powerful political forces, prominent officials, unreliable witnesses, and feverish media coverage alongside headlines of man’s first journey to the moon. His tireless efforts launched him to national prominence…and ultimately to the United States Supreme Court, where the lessons learned in that summer of 1969 continued to resonate across his decades of service.