Videos / DVDs / Films
3 of a Kind, Greg Green Films – created in the tradition of GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO and BODY HEAT, "A brilliant film with a superb cast and an even better story!" says Nick Nicholson of CNN Houston. Trapped in a nightmare marriage, a woman contends with the deadly control of her husband in this edgy, psychological thriller ~ first falling in love with the man her husband assigns to watch her, then running from the assassin's bullets he hires to kill them both. Romance, intrigue and revenge drive this suspenseful, fast-paced drama that takes you all over the globe and keeps you guessing until the end.
After Tiller, Artemis Media Ventures and Belle Max Productions, 2013 – intimately explores the highly controversial subject of third-trimester abortions in the wake of the 2009 assassination of practitioner Dr. George Tiller. The procedure is now performed by only four doctors in the United States, all former colleagues of Dr. Tiller, who risk their lives every day in the name of their unwavering commitment toward their patients. Directors Martha Shane and Lana Wilson have created a moving and unique look at one of the most incendiary topics of our time, and they’ve done so in an informative, thought-provoking, and compassionate way.
Asking for It: The Ethics & Erotics of Sexual Consent (DVD), The Media Education Foundation, Northampton, MA: 2010.
Audrie & Daisy (2016) – in this wrenching Netflix documentary, two teens are sexually assaulted by boys they considered friends, humiliated online and harassed by their communities.
"Audrie & Daisy" Documentary Highlights Importance of Supporting Survivors, Role We All Must Play in Preventing Sexual Assault, National Sexual Violence Resource Center, Enola, PA: September 23, 2016.
Futures Without Violence compiled resources for their new Audrie & Daisy website that you can use at home, in your classrooms and in the locker room to begin the conversation and help prevent abuse.
A Better Man – a documentary that compels us to reconsider the root causes of violence against women and expand our focus to include men, if we hope to prevent violence. According to the Co-Director, Attiya Khan, “The man who abused me when we were teenagers is now taking responsibility for his actions. One of the things he said was, ‘Attiya, I wish I could have been a better man.’ I’m making this documentary because I believe he, and people like him, can change, and I want to create a space for that to happen. I see our conversation as a starting point to advance the movement to end violence against women.”
Bird with a Broken Wing – based upon the true story of Janelle Lisa Cruz, the last known victim of the East Area Rapist/Original Night Stalker (or Golden State Killer); California's worst (and still uncaught) serial killer/sex offender.
The film will chronicle her life, as well as the killer's crimes as they continue to move a step closer to meeting that fateful night.
The film is based on my own extensive research and interviews with the family members that I've conducted over the last four years, which has now led to the FBI to carefully look at a few suspects a bit more closely. Written and directed by Cameron Cloutier.
Boys and Men Healing (with Spanish and English subtitles for the Deaf and Hearing impaired) – a documentary about the impact the sexual abuse of boys has on both the individual and society, and the importance of healing and speaking out for male survivors to end the devastating effects. The film portrays stories of three courageous non-offending men whose arduous healing helped them reclaim their lives ~ while giving them a powerful voice to speak out, and take bold action toward prevention for other boys. The film includes a support group of men and is testimony to the importance of men finding safe places to support one another and share their stories together. The film was produced in association with the International Documentary Association.
A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story, directed by Sara Hirsh Bordo – from the producers of the most viewed TEDWomen event of 2013 , A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story is a documentary following the inspiring journey of 25-year-old, 58-pound Lizzie from cyber-bullying victim to anti-bullying activist.
Brave Miss World – tells the true story of 18-year-old former Miss World Linor Abargil, who was abducted and raped just prior to the pageant, and her fight to heal and seek justice. It explores how the rape affected not only her, but her family and friends; and looks at the coping mechanisms she uses to overcome her trauma. Ultimately uplifting, the documentary includes stories of domestic rape, campus rape, rape with the use of drugs, a male survivor’s story, and more, as Linor takes viewers through her inspiring journey from teenage victim to empowered survivor, lawyer and advocate.
A Few Weeks Before She Was Crowned 'Miss World,' She Was Raped. But This Isn't Just Her Story. (video), Carly Gillis, Upworthy.
"Breaking Out of The Man Box" (DVD and workbook), A Call To Men, New York, NY.
Broken – Samantha is an unassuming young woman, a volunteer counselor for victims of rape and sexual assault. Now, faced with one of her first clients, she finds herself tormented by the memory and effects of her own horrific experience. She struggles under the watchful eye of a callous nurse who perceives Samantha’s uneasiness and has little faith in her abilities. As the situation becomes personal for Samantha, her spirit is tested and the line between client and counselor is blurred. “Broken” is a study of emotional communication and how individuals must react differently for the sake of their own survival—and subsequent spiritual recovery, 2005. Written and directed by Doug Conant.
The Bully Project – feature-length documentary that follows "a year in the life" of America's bullying crisis, and offers an intimate look at how bullying has touched the lives of five kids and their families. With the film at its center, The Bully Project is a grassroots movement to educate and empower kids, parents, teachers and all school staff, to build stronger communities where empathy and respect rule. We are building an alliance to turn the tide on bullying. Are you with us?
The Burning Bed (1984) – an abused battered wife has had enough of her husband beating up on her. Everywhere she turns for help, there's not much anyone will do. After he rapes her one night, she sets the bed on fire with him in it asleep. Directed by Robert Greenwald. Buy.
Chaplains Under Fire – a documentary that examines the lives and work of military chaplains and the Church-State tensions at the heart of chaplaincy. It is independently produced by IHSY, LLC.
Crime After Crime – "In 1983, Deborah Peagler, a woman brutally abused by her boyfriend, was sentenced to 25 years-to-life for her connection to his murder. Twenty years later, as she languished in prison, a California law allowing incarcerated domestic-violence survivors to reopen their cases was passed. Enter a pair of rookie land-use attorneys convinced that with the incontrovertible evidence that existed, they could free Deborah in a matter of months. What they didn't know was the depth of corruption and politically driven resistance they'd encounter, sending them down a nightmarish, bureaucratic rabbit hole of injustice. The outrageous twists and turns in this consummately crafted saga are enough to keep us on the edge of our seats. Meanwhile, the spirit, fortitude, and love all three characters marshal in the face of this wrenching marathon is nothing short of miraculous.", excerpt from the Sundance Film Festival Catalog. See Home Viewing & Community Action Guide.
Dating Violence: Twisted Love (click on "Topics" and select "Dating Violence: Twisted Love") – It may shock you to know that 3 out of every 10 teens have experienced violence in their dating relationships. It's an ugly truth that a large number of young adults are living in a twisted reality, where love and pain go hand in hand. It's rarely discussed but it's happening everywhere. In cities and in small towns, violence and abuse crosses all age, race and economic boundaries. In "Twisted Love: Dating Violence Exposed," Neve Campbell from the "Scream" movies and "Party of Five" joins In the Mix host Julio to expose and examine this crucial issue.
A Death in St. Augustine, FRONTLINE, in partnership with The New York Times – what happens when police face the possibility of domestic violence within their ranks?, November 26, 2013.
Defending Our Lives, Cambridge Documentary Films – an Oscar-winning documentary about the magnitude and severity of domestic violence in this country. This film features four women imprisoned for killing their batterers and their terrifying personal testimonies, Cambridge, MA.
Difret – from executive producer Angelina Jolie Pitt comes this award-winning drama, based on the inspirational true story of a young Ethiopian girl and a tenacious lawyer embroiled in a life-or-death clash between cultural traditions and their country’s advancement of equal rights. When 14-year-old Hirut is abducted in her rural village’s tradition of kidnapping women for marriage, she fights back, accidentally killing her captor and intended husband. Local law demands a death sentence for Hirut, but Meaza, a tough and passionate lawyer from a women’s legal aide practice, steps in to fight for her. With both Hirut’s life and the future of the practice at stake the two women must make their case for self-defense against one of Ethiopia’s oldest and most deeply-rooted traditions. DIFRET paints a portrait of a country in a time of great transformation and the brave individuals ready to help shape it. See Screening Kit.
Digging Through the Darkness (coming fall 2017) – independently produced by the award-winning filmmaker, Ben Niles, “Digging Through Darkness” is a feature-length documentary that explores the lives of five sibling pianists — The 5 Browns — from the very early days at Juilliard and their overnight stardom, to the tragic realization among the three girls, Desirae, Deondra and Melody, were all sexually abused by their father as children.
DNA: Critical Issues for Those Who Work with Victims, Office for Victims of Crime, Washington, DC: April 2007.
Family Affair, C-Line Films – filmmaker Chico Colvard, ruptures veils of secrecy and unspeakable realities as he attempts to understand how his sisters survived severe childhood abuse by their father. These invincible women paint a picture of their harrowing girlhoods, the nature of forgiveness and eternal longing for family and love, 2010.
Fictional Movies with Domestic Violence Themes, compiled by Nancy Flanakin, National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence, Austin, TX: April 2007.
Finding Jenn's Voice – a critically acclaimed documentary film examining intimate partner homicide that is now available and request a Screening in your community!
On March 16, 2011, 27-year old veterinary technician, Jennifer Snyder of Allentown, PA was murdered by her married boyfriend of more than 2 years after he learned that she was pregnant. Veterinarian David Rapoport shot Jenn twice in the mouth and once in the back and then dumped her body in a wooded ravine. A week after her murder, Jenn's aunt contacted the filmmaker, Tracy Schott. She wanted to tell Jenn's story, to give Jenn a voice. On impulse, Tracy googled "pregnancy and homicide" and was shocked to find several research studies that revealed: Homicide is the leading cause of death during pregnancy. So began the journey that was to become Finding Jenn's Voice.
Garments for One Another: Ending Domestic Violence in Muslim Families, FaithTrust Institute, Seattle, WA: 2007.
The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo, Lisa F. Jackson, Jackson Films – since 1998 a brutal war has been raging in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Over 4 million people have died. And there are the uncountable casualties: the many tens of thousands of women and girls who have been systematically kidnapped, raped, mutilated and tortured by soldiers from both foreign militias and the Congolese army. The world knows nothing of these women. Their stories have never been told. They suffer and die in silence. In The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo these brave women finally speak. Order.
Happy Hour (2016) – when a woman meets her boyfriend for a romantic night out, a martini triggers childhood memories that threaten her ability to trust and love. Based on true events and a poem, narrated by Julianne Moore. Happy Hour screened as an official selection at 15 festivals, winning several awards and honors — garnering praise from industry luminaries, such as Academy Award Winning Writer/Director Robert Benton: "Happy Hour is a lush, elegiac film about an extremely difficult subject and Ms. Claggett [director, screenwriter and producer] handles it masterfully. " The film was made to help in some small way to dispel fear and shame; forge a better understanding of complicity plus the psychological aftermath most survivors face even in adulthood; give those who’ve suffered abuse hope that they can create fulfilling lives; and inspire people to learn about prevention so more children can grow up safe.
Heroes Behind the Badge, Modern City Entertainment (2012) – features some of the brave men and women of law enforcement who put their lives on the live and survived, and those who made the ultimate sacrifice. This inspiring document changes the way we look at the men and women of law enforcement and highlights the unselfish acts of bravery they commit each day in the line of duty. its stories are powerful, emotional, insightful and educational. Thanks to our partnership with National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, active duty police offices, retired officers and family members of the fallen, audiences experience what it's really like to walk the thin blue line. Order.
Heroes Behind the Badge: Sacrifice & Survival, Modern City Entertainment (November 2013) – produced in partnership with Craig Floyd and the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, the second installment of this powerful documentary series takes place in various corners of America and follows the stories of two officers who paid the ultimate price, as well as the stories of three severely injured officers who are now battling through the painstaking process of recovery. The film also takes viewers to New York City’s 9/11 Memorial site, where many officers perished on that fateful day in 2001, and to National Police Week in Washington, DC, where the fallen are honored each year.
Directed by British Academy Award winning filmmaker Wayne Derrick, and narrated by Law & Order's Vincent D'Onofrio, this highly anticipated follow-up documentary to the original Heroes Behind The Badge film is a tribute to the heroes of law enforcement who have suffered through life-threatening injuries and are fighting their way back, and to those who are gone, but not forgotten. Watch trailer and order.
How to Help a Sexual Assault Survivor: What Men Can Do, One in Four, New London, CT.
The Hunting Ground, Kirby Dick – follows survivors of rape on college campuses and reveals the institutional and social repercussions they face as they attempt to pursue justice.
"Hunting Ground' Viewing Guide, Clery Center for Security on Campus, Wayne, PA: April 2015.
Landmark Doc 'The Hunting Ground' Hopes to Change the Conversation Around Campus Rape, Matthew Jacobs, The Huffington Post, February 26, 2015. Copyright © 2015 Huffingtonpost.com.
NSVRC, 'The Hunting Ground' partner to promote Sexual Assault Awareness Month, National Sexual Violence Resource Center, Philadelphia, PA: March 31, 2015.
Of Rape Culture, "Grievance Culture" and Mike Tyson, Michele Kort, Ms. Magazine blog, March 13, 2015.
Rape on College Campuses Explored In Documentary 'The Hunting Ground'; Debuts At Sundance 2015, Barbara Herman, International Business Times, December 9, 2014. Copyright © 2014 IBT Media Inc.
Sundance Film Festival 2015 Lineup: High-Profile Documentaries Among Premieres, Brooks Barnes, The Carpetbagger Blog, The New York Times, Los Angeles, CA: December 8, 2014. Copyright © 2014 The New York Times Company.
I Believe You – Faith's Response to Intimate Partner Violence, Diva Communications, Inc., New York, NY: January 2011.
The Invisible War, Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering – a groundbreaking investigative documentary about one of our country's most shameful and best kept secrets: the epidemic of rape within our US military. Today's a female soldier in Iraq and Afghanistan is more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire with the number of assaults in the last decade alone in the hundreds of thousands. Focusing on the powerfully emotionally stories of several young women, the film reveals the systemic cover up of the crime against them and follows their struggles to rebuild their lives and fight for justice. The Invisible War features hard-hitting interviews with high-ranking military officers and members of Congress that reveal the perfect storm conditions that exist for rape in the military, its history of cover-up, and what can be done to bring about much needed change.
Darkness Made Visible, Louise Farr, Written By (volume 16, issue 6), Writers Guild of America West, Los Angeles, CA: November / December 2012. Copyright © 2012 Writers Guild of America, West, Inc.
Documentary Screening: The Invisible War ~ Understanding Military Sexual Trauma (MST), National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, in consultation with National Alliance to End Sexual Violence and NO MORE, March 2013.
Information about Military Sexual Assault Cases.
Kirby Dick's The Invisible War Exposes an Epidemic of Rape in the Military, Nicolas Rapold, The Village Voice, June 13, 2012. Copyright © 2012 Village Voice, LLC.
Sundance lifts lid on rape in US military, The Nation, January 26, 2012. Copyright © 2012 Nawaiwaqt Group of Newspapers.
Watch Doonesbury's Garry Trudeau on The Invisible War, October 4, 2012.
Watch the trailer.
It Was Rape (2013) – gives human faces and voices to statistics, breaking through the silence, denial and victim blaming that allow an epidemic to thrive. Eight women of different backgrounds, ages and ethnicities relate personal stories of surviving sexual assault in their younger years, as well as their struggles toward healing, empowerment, and finally speaking out.
By award-winning feminist author, filmmaker and activist Jennifer Baumgardner, this strikingly relevant documentary will engage all audiences in needed dialogue about the prevalence of sexual assaults in the U.S., at our schools and colleges, and the elements promoting rape culture on and off campus. IT WAS RAPE is a crucial resource for colleges and communities to meaningfully address Title IX issues around sexual violence.
Justice for My Sister – follows one Guatemalan woman during her three-year battle to hold her sister's killer accountable. She encounters many obstacles: a police record that is missing, a judge who is accused of killing his own wife, and witnesses who are too afraid to testify. In the end, it is one of the few cases of domestic violence murder that results in conviction in the last decade in Guatemala.
Killing Us Softly 3: Advertising’s Image of Women, featuring Jean Kilbourne, Media Education Foundation, Northampton, MA: 2000.
listen.violence, listenfilm.org – this series of films, titled listen., uses the raw talent of spoken word artists, not actors, to tell their true stories on screen. By focusing on social issues worthy of change, Producer / Director Jim Colletti, anticipates this series to include stories of violence, guns, bullying and abuse. The first in the series, listen.violence, focuses on domestic violence, an issue that Colletti says "needs to be continually brought out of the shadows so that we can all be accountable and continue to make change happen." View trailer.
Love – All That and More: A Video Series and Six Session Curriculum on Healthy Relationships, FaithTrust Institute, Seattle, WA: 2000.
Makers: Women Who Make America – tells the remarkable story of the most sweeping social revolution in American history, as women have asserted their rights to a full and fair share of political power, economic opportunity, and personal autonomy. Read Blog.
Making a Killing: Guns, Greed and The NRA (2016) – tells the stories of how guns, and the billions made off of them, affect the lives of everyday Americans. It features personal stories from people across the country who have been affected by gun violence, including survivors and victims' families. The film exposes how the powerful gun companies and the NRA are resisting responsible legislation for the sake of profit - and thereby putting people in danger. The film looks into gun tragedies that include unintentional shootings, domestic violence, suicides, mass shootings and trafficking - and what we can do to put an end to this profit-driven crisis. Through this film and campaign, Brave New Films will work with partners to fight for a country where public safety is more valued than profit. Directed by Robert Greenwald.
How The NRA is "Making a Killing' Off Women's Lives, Melissa Jeltsen, The Huffington Post, March 2, 2016. Copyright © 2016 Huffingtonpost.com.
A Matter of Conscience: Confronting Clergy Abuse, Susan and John Michalczyk, 2014. This is the sequel to Who Take Away the Sins: Witnesses to Clergy Abuse, 2013.
Documenting Catholic pain, Cambodia's gain, Loren King, The Boston Globe, September 28, 2014. Copyright © 2014 Boston Globe Media Partners, LLC.
A Matter of Conscience: Confronting Clergy Abuse; Why We Produced This New Documentary Film, Susan A. Michalczyk and John J. Michalczyk, Why I Wrote This Book, September 3, 2014.
New Michalczyk Documentary on Clergy Abuse Scandal at the MFA, Gjergji Evangjeli, The Torch, October 22, 2014.
The Men's Story Project; Out Loud! / Proyecto Historias de Hombres: ¡En Voz Alta!, created, produced and directed by Josie Lehrer (2013) – the production highlights diverse Chilean men -- celebrities, community leaders, and first-time presenters -- sharing personal stories with unusual candor before a public audience. The stories explore social ideas about masculinity and gender relations, and links of these with topics including family relationships; substance abuse; bullying; aging; the evolution of men’s social roles; domestic violence; homosexuality and the Church; transgender identity and LGBT rights; HIV/AIDS; fatherhood in the context of divorce; manual labor and classism; physical disability and self-actualization; gratitude to mentors; and the healing power of self-acceptance, community and love. Mediums include prose, stand-up comedy, dance, photography and video
Proyecto Historias de Hombres ~ ¡En Voz Alta!, Part 1 (podcast), Josie Lehrer and Sandra Henriquez, PreventConnect, Sacramento, CA: August 2014.
Miss Representation, The Representation Project – written, directed and produced by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, this film explores how the media's misrepresentation of women has led to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence, 2011. Read Blog, "Miss Representation" ~ Poised to Advance a Media Movement.".
My Girlfriend Did It (scroll down) – one in four women will experience Intimate Partner Violence (IVP) in their lifetime regardless of sexual orientation, race, socio-economic status, age or educational background. In response to this reality, Casa de Esperanza produced My Girlfriend Did It, a documentary film that explores IPV in lesbian relationships by highlighting the struggles and resilience of women who share the impact of violence in their lives. The first-of-its-kind film was re-released in 2008 in DVD format and is accompanied with a bilingual facilitator’s guide providing definitions, discussion questions, group activities, role plays and case scenarios, St. Paul, MN.
My Masculinity Helps, Marc A. Grimmett and David Hambridge – explores the role of African American men and boys in the prevention of sexual violence. It shows African American male allies (psychologist, professor, peer educator, attorney, pastor, athlete, middle and high school students, activist) demonstrating understanding and support for survivors of sexual violence. Strategies for assistance and prevention are provided. Survivors also share their stories and what has helped them. The film serves as a counter-narrative to often inaccurate and misleading portrayals of African American masculinity. Our goal is to engage boys and men in the deconstruction of gender roles, masculinity, and power and in the prevention of sexual violence. It can be used in schools, colleges, and athletic, professional, community, and faith-based organizations.
My Masculinity Helps ~ Facilitation Guide, Marc A. Grimmett and Juliette Grimmett, August 2014.
My Masculinity Helps: A film examining gender roles, masculinity, and power (podcast), Monika Johnson Hostler, North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault, talks about the film. Produced by PreventConnect, Sacramento, CA: March 2014.
New and Best-selling DVD Resources on Elder Abuse, Domestic Violence and Self-Neglect, Terra Nova Films, Chicago, IL: March 2014.
NO! The Rape Documentary, Aishah Shahidah Simmons, 2008. Watch the trailer.
No Way Out But One – when a family court judge gave custody to the man who had fractured her son's skull, Holly felt she had no way but one. From award winning producers Garland Waller and Barry Nolan comes a documentary on the first American woman to be granted asylum by the Netherlands on the grounds of domestic violence.
Read Huffington Post article, October 26, 2012.
Pastoral Care for Domestic Violence: Case Studies for Clergy (for Jewish and Christian audiences), FaithTrust Institute, Seattle, WA: 2007.
The Perfect Victim, Elizabeth Rohrbaugh – for over 30 years, three women have languished in Missouri State prison under unjust sentences for killing their abusive husbands. When Missouri’s Governor crafts a new law demanding the parole board reevaluate each woman’s case, the women find themselves abused twice, first by their husbands and now by the notoriously parole secretive board who control their fate.
"Piñata", Pages Matam, Button Poetry, October 10, 2013.
Poster Girl, C-Line Films (2010) – Robynn Murray was an all-American high-school cheerleader who became the poster girl for women in combat. But since returning from Iraq, she has fought the insidious foe: post-traumatic stress disorder. This Oscar®-nominated documentary short follows Robynn over the course of two years as she embarks on a journey of self-discovery and redemption through art and poetry ~ directed by Sara Nesson, 2010.
Power and Control ~ Domestic Violence in America, Peter Cohn.
Presenting Medical Evidence in an Adult Rape Trial ~ A Video Resource, National Judicial Education Program, Legal Momentum, New York, NY.
Preventing Domestic and Sexual Violence ~ Video Resources for Working with Teens, Michigan Coalition to End Domestic & Sexual Violence, Okemos, MI: updated July 21, 2003.
Private Violence, Director/Producer: Cynthia Hill, Markay Media and Southern Documentary Fund; Executive Producers: Gloria Steinem; Cindy Waitt, Waitt Institute for Violence Prevention; Artemis Rising Foundation (Regina K. Scully); and Chicken & Egg Pictures (Julia Parker Benello, Wendy Ettinger, Judith Helfand); and Special Advisor and Principal in the Film: Kit Gruelle – the project tackles the myths and misconceptions about domestic violence that make the world a dangerous place for one in four women and their families. Forty years into the battered women's movement, it's time to start asking different questions and posing new solutions. A feature length documentary is at the heart of the project's mission. See related Private Violence page.
Rape Is, Cambridge Documentary Films – this 30 minute documentary explores the meaning, severity, and consequences of rape. It looks at rape from a global and historical perspective, but focuses mainly on the domestic cultural conditions that make this human rights violation the most underreported crime in America, Cambridge, MA.
Rape Culture, Cambridge Documentary Films – examines the relationship between our culture's sexual fantasies and rape through film and other media.
The film defined "rape culture" for the first time, Cambridge, MA.
Red Light Greenlight – as nations around the globe attempt to fight sex trafficking, many consider legalizing prostitution. Two filmmakers travel across ten countries to explore the issue,attempting to answer the question: “How can we prevent sexual exploitation before it happens in the first place?” Though governments are getting better at prosecuting traffickers and providing aftercare to victims, it is time we begin to ask the question of what lies at the root.
The Release – the main character struggles to find peace from a past marred by sexual abuse, April 21, 2014.
Requiem For The Dead: American Spring 2014, HBO Documentaries, directed and produced by Shari Cookson and Nick Doob – more than 32,000 people die from gun violence every year in America, an average of 88 people per day. This documentary highlights a few of the estimated 8,000 individuals who died from gunfire that spring, drawing exclusively on found media ~ news accounts, police investigations and social media ~ to shine a light on little-known stories of tragic loss, bringing the victims to life in their own words and images.
Read Huffington Post article, June 2, 2015.
Resilience, KPJR Films, directed by James Redford (2016) – researchers have recently discovered a dangerous biological syndrome caused by abuse and neglect during childhood. As the new documentary Resilience reveals, toxic stress can trigger hormones that wreak havoc on the brains and bodies of children, putting them at a greater risk for disease, homelessness, prison time, and early death. While the broader impacts of poverty worsen the risk, no segment of society is immune. Resilience, however, also chronicles the dawn of a movement that is determined to fight back. Trailblazers in pediatrics, education, and social welfare are using cutting-edge science and field-tested therapies to protect children from the insidious effects of toxic stress—and the dark legacy of a childhood that no child would choose.
Read Roger Ebert Interviews review, November 4, 2016.
A Response to "The Undetected Rapist", National Judicial Education Program, Legal Momentum, New York, NY.
Sex Crimes Unit ~ True Convictions, Jackson Films – is an unprecedented look inside the New York District Attorneys office at the first and preeminent unit in the country dedicated to the prosecution of rape and sexual assault. Directed by Emmy Award and Sundance Jury Prize winner Lisa F. Jackson, the film examines the shocking legal history of injustice towards rape survivors; observes the process of investigation conducted by the Unit every day; tracks through trial the case of a prostitute who dared cry rape, and follows the inspiring story of one survivor's 16-year journey to justice. Order.
Sexual Abuse ~ The questions you've never had the chance to ask (video series), Nina Burrowes, London, UK. Copyright © 2014 Nina Burrowes.
Introducing Sexual Abuse. The questions you've never had the chance to ask.
Why are sex offenders able to get away with it?
Should I go for therapy?
What is the relationship between power and sexual abuse?
I am a man who has been raped. Am I gay?
Should I go to the police?
A friend told me they were abused. What should I do?
Shame (2013) – when Lance, a handsome and athletic first year college student, is forced to address the reality of his domestic violence abuse, his family conflict reaches a boiling point and thrusts him to a confrontational point of decision. Watch a clip about the inspiration for Shame.
Sin by Silence, Quiet Little Place Productions, Costa Mesa, CA: 2008. Watch a clip about the making of the documentary.
Spitting Game: The College Hook-Up Culture, Denice Evans, writer / director – Promiscuity has become the new popularity on campus and sex the next addiction issue. Hooking Up, commonly described as a drunken, no-strings attached, sexual encounter, has completely eclipsed traditional dating. It is the accepted social interaction on college campuses across the nation. Epidemic numbers of students are “hooking up” with multiple, random, and often times, anonymous partners. Needless to say, the fall out from this behavior is affecting the mental, emotional, and physical well being of millions of students. Getting drunk and having casual sex is no longer a collegiate rite of passage. It has become a potential life sentence. In this compelling documentary, students, experts, and parents speak openly about alcohol, drugs, sexual assault, and the state of relationships on college campuses. It is a candid and, ultimately scandalous, expose on the reasons, risks, and realities students face within the college hook up culture. Hidden truths are revealed that will change the way you look at campus life forever.
The Strength to Resist: Media's Impact on Women and Girls, Cambridge Documentary Films – over 20 years ago, we produced and directed "Killing Us Softly" and "Still Killing Us Softly." In reponse to viewers who expressed the need for a new approach to the topic, we produced this new 33 minute documentary. It documents the fight against the toxic and degrading messages to girls and women that dominate the media, Cambridge, MA.
Survival from Domestic Violence: Stories of Hope and Healing, Gift From Within, Camden, ME: 2005.
Surviving Sexual Violence on the Streets ~ A Know-Your-Rights Film for Homeless Women (video and discussion guide) – the result of many people's hard work, compassion and desire to bring to light the connection between homelessness and sexual violence, Transition Projects and Victim Rights Law Center, Portland, OR. Copyright © 2013 Transition Projects and Victim Rights Law Center.
Survivor to Survivor – a media resource guide for victims of domestic violence. The mission is to provide survivors of domestic violence and their loved ones with a web-based, documentary-style resource guide that serves as a visual toolkit of help and resources available in North Carolina. Copyright © 2010 Markay Media.
A Survivor’s Story, Olga Trujillo Consulting, Alexandria, VA.
Teen Dating Violence Workshop (DVD), Lindsay Ann Burke Memorial Fund, North Kingstown, RI.
Telling Amy's Story – hosted by actress and activist Mariska Hargitay, and told by detective Deirdri Fishel, Telling Amy’s Story follows the timeline of a domestic violence homicide that occurred on November 8, 2001.
"Telling Amy's Story" Wins Prestigious CINE Golden Eagle Award, 3BL Media, August 8, 2011. Copyright © 2011 3BL Media, LLC.
The Thirteenth Step (2016) – an award winning new documentary that exposes the dark under belly of the most revered self help groups, Alcoholics Anonymous. The Courts are plea dealing Violent offenders and Sex offenders to AA meetings and women are getting murdered and raped. Journalist Gabrielle Glaser, Author Lance Dodes, Tom Horvath, Dr Jaffi, Dr Marc Kern, HAMS creator Kenneth Anderson, Author Stanton Peele, Claudia Christian, Steven Slate, Founder of SOS, Jim Christopher and filmmaker Monica Richardson.
Through Our Eyes: Children, Violence, and Trauma (video ~ #241394), Office for Victims of Crime – discusses how violence and trauma affect children, including the serious and long-lasting consequences for their physical and mental health; signs that a child may be exposed to violence or trauma; and the staggering cost of child maltreatment to families, communities, and the Nation. Victims lend their voices to this video to provide first-hand accounts of how their exposure to violence as children affected them, Washington, DC.
Tough Guise, featuring Jackson Katz, Media Education Foundation, Northampton, MA.
2: Violence, Manhood & American Culture, 2013
Violence, Media & the Crisis in Masculinity, 1999
Trapped (2016) – what remains of a woman's right to choose? U.S. reproductive health clinics are fighting to remain open. Since 2010, 288 laws regulating abortion providers have been passed by state legislatures. In total, 44 states and the District of Columbia have measures subjecting abortion providers to legal restrictions not imposed on other medical professionals. Unable to comply with these far-reaching and medically unnecessary laws, clinics have taken their fight to the courts. As the U.S. Supreme Court decides in 2016 whether individual states may essentially outlaw abortion (Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt), Trapped follows clinic workers and lawyers who are on the front lines of the battle to keep abortion safe and legal for millions of American women. Directed by Dawn Porter.
Tunnel Vision (2015) – a dramatic short film, based on real events, about Rose Taylor and her struggle with domestic violence in the midst of what seems to be a picture perfect family. Pushed to her limits, Rose takes a risk only to find herself contemplating a decision that will compromise her family's future. Will Rose ever see past her menacing reality?
Turning Point – in one city domestic violence has been put on notice.
Two Spirits – interweaves the tragic story of a mother's loss of her son with a revealing look at a time when the world wasn't simply divided into male and female, and many Native American cultures held places of honor for people of integrated genders. Two Spirits is a production of Say Yes Quickly Productions, Riding the Tiger Productions and Just Media. Read Blog.
Typologies of Intimate Partner Abuse: Theory and Practice (video), Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research, Queensland, AU: 2014. Copyright © 2014 Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research.
Under the Gun, Atlas Films, Stephanie Soechtig and Katie Couric (2015) – the massacre at Sandy Hook was seen as a watershed moment in our national gun debate, but the body count at the hands of gun violence has only grown. Through the lens of victims' families, as well as pro-gun advocates, we examine why our politicians have failed to act.
Understanding Sexual Violence: The Judge's Role in Stranger and Nonstranger Rape and Sexual Assault Cases ~ A Self-Directed DVD Curriculum, National Judicial Education Program, Legal Momentum, New York, NY.
The "Undetected" Rapist, National Judicial Education Program, Legal Momentum, New York, NY.
Uniform Betrayal: Rape in the Military, Jennifer Malina and Sarah Pusateri, HealthyState.org, 2012.
Valentine Road, BMP Films, in association with Eddie Schmidt Productions – this heartbreaking documentary depicts the 2008 murder of gender non-conforming 8th grader Larry King, weaving multiple story lines leading up to King's death and beyond it. Director Marta Cunningham connects the viewer with reflections, memories, and opinions of family members, school staff, friends, lawyers and law enforcement, and jurors. She presents stories and facts from people who were closely connected to King, as well as those who were aligned with Brandon McInerney (the 14 year old who shot and killed King in their school's computer lab).
To support those watching the film, FORGE created three handouts: Trans/LGBQ youth and violence, Quick Reference Guide for Teachers and Reflections in the Mirror?
Video Clips, Office for Victims of Crime, Washington, DC.
What Freedom Feels Like (videos) – inspiration from women who've escaped abuse and stars who support them, Redbook, September 2012. Copyright © 2012 Hearst Communication Inc.
where is your line? – a 24 minute documentary about a young woman – the filmmaker – who is raped, but her story isn't cut and dry. Not a "perfect victim," the filmmaker confronts her attacker, recording the conversation with a hidden camera. Sex workers, survivors and activists discuss justice, accountability and today's "rape culture." The film asks the question: where is the line defining content. THE LINE was completed in July 2009.
Women Make Movies – established in 1972 to address the under representation and misrepresentation of women in the media industry, Women Make Movies is a multicultural, multiracial, non-profit media arts organization which facilitates the production, promotion, distribution and exhibition of independent films and videotapes by and about women. The organization provides services to both users and makers of film and video programs, with a special emphasis on supporting work by women of color. Women Make Movies facilitates the development of feminist media through an internationally recognized Distribution Service and a Production Assistance Program, New York, NY. Review new releases.
You Look A Lot Like Me, Chloé McFeters (2014) – an educational documentary exploring the insidious social pandemic of domestic violence in the U.S. The film’s carefully woven first-person narratives take us on a journey that reveals the universality of the survivor’s experience, a journey which clearly demonstrates that no one is immune to the far-reaching impacts of domestic abuse.
Young Black Men Step Up, While "Others" Just Look Away, Bossip, New York, NY: October 20, 2009.