Since the National Sexual Assault Conference (NSAC) is going to be in the Movie Capital of the World — Hollywood, Calif. — it’s only fitting to include a Film Festival as a component of the conference.
The full lineup is yet to be released, but I can say who will be opening and closing the festival. On Wednesday, Steve Rosen and Terri DeBono will be showing their film Boyhood Shadows. They will show a film that follows the journey of a man named Glenn Kulik, revealing a story that began as a young boy under the power of a sexual predator. The story chronicles Glenn’s struggle as he tries to make sense of his life as a youngster, keeping his secret and shame inside, promising to tell no one.
Glenn, along with other crew from the film, will be at the festival to discuss the making of the film, its message and why it’s so important for survivors to speak out.
The last film to screen at NSAC is Nancy Schwartzman‘s THE LINE. This film asks the question: Where is the line defining consent? Told through a “sex-positive” lens, it is a 24 minute documentary about a young woman who is raped, but her story isn’t cut and dry. She’s not a “perfect victim” and decides to confront her attacker, recording the conversation with a hidden camera. The documentary includes discussions about justice, accountability and “rape culture” from sex workers, survivors and activists.
The NSAC film festival will be sure to incite emotional conversations, artistic discussions and bring to light difficult realities that conference attendees are working to change.