Shine Global’s 3rd Annual Gala

Shine Global’s 3rd Annual Gala

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Shine Global’s 3rd Annual Gala

Last Wednesday, October 11, 2017, we hosted Shine Global’s 3rd annual gala at a private club called 3 West. With more than 150 guests, filmmakers, staff and volunteers and a wonderful trio of Julliard students in attendance, our party went into full swing early and built from there!

We’re so honored that 10 of our 2017 filmmakers from The Election Effect, The Difference, Liyana, Tre Maison Dasan (working title), and Virtually Free (working title) were able to join us to share their works and chat privately with our guests. Thanks to generous donations of experiences and destinations by board members and friends, auctioned by the incomparable Lucas Hunt, Shine raised over $100,000 in donations and pledges that will help us in our work next year to transform children’s lives through film. It was a night to remember!

Check out the photos on our Facebook page:

Thank you to everyone who came to our 3rd Annual Gala last week! It was a huge success and a fun and inspirational evening!

Posted by Shine Global Inc. on Monday, October 16, 2017

The Wrong Light Review Highlights

The Wrong Light Review Highlights

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The Wrong Light Review Highlights

July 31, 2017

The Wrong Light had its theatrical run in New York City at the Cinema Village and in Los Angeles at Laemmle’s Monica Film Center this month.  Attending opening night in New York were the film team: Directors Josie Swantek Heitz and Dave Adams (who did a Q&A following the premiere), Producer Susan MacLaury, Editors Chris Tuss and Matt Cascella, Executive Producer Albie Hecht, and Co-Producer Alexandra Blaney.  Susan MacLaury and Chris Tuss also attended the LA opening the following week to do the Q&A there as well.

We want to thank all of our supporters who have been on this filmmaking journey with us for the last 6 years and those who were able to come out and support the film in theaters.  We expect to release the film on DVD and digitally this fall.

And check out some of the reviews:

An engrossing cautionary tale

– Daniel Gold, The New York Times

The film sheds valuable light on the potentially damaging effects of grand-scale deception on the needy and vulnerable.

Gary GoldsteinThe Los Angeles Times

[A] prismatic, thought-sparking documentary.

Chris Barsanti , Film Journal International

Some filmmakers would have decided to dismiss their discomfort…Adams and Swantek do something much more interesting, keeping the audience with them as they flounder around trying to make sense of what has happened and navigate an ethical minefield…. 

A truly eye-opening documentary which challenges a lot of our most dearly held beliefs about charity, The Wrong Light illustrates how unexamined prejudice and genuine cultural difference can combine to help conceal the activities of those who see global inequality as a hotbed of opportunity.

– Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film

A dramatic account that will make all do-gooders think twice about how they spend their charitable dollars.

John Defore, The Hollywood Reporter

Asks provocative questions about the sometimes dubious motivations behind activism and philanthropy.

Basil Tsiokos, What (not) to doc

And interviews with the film team

Indiewire: What Happens When Your Documentary Subject Lies
‘The Wrong Light’: Lessons learned after being lured into a compelling (but not altogether true) story about human trafficking from Producer Susan MacLaury

Salon: “The Wrong Light”: Sex, lies and the story of Mickey Choosetha; Two documentary filmmakers uncover a massive hoax while shooting a documentary about sex-trafficked girls

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In The Wrong Light, a charismatic activist leads a globally-regarded NGO that provides shelter and education for girls rescued from brothels in Northern Thailand. But as the filmmakers meet the girls and their families, discrepancies begin to emerge and the story takes an unexpected turn.

Runtime: 78 minutes
USA, Thailand/ Not Rated
In Mien and English with English subtitles

Benefit Inocente Screening and Art Show at the National Arts Club in NYC

Shine Global Inocent Benefit Screening 5.12.14

Some of the members of the Shine Global board and other guests at the Shine Global Benefit screening of Inocente at the National Arts Club in NYC. To view more photos from the event visit our Facebook page here. Photos Credit: Amber Kayo

Shine Global held a benefit screening and art show at the National Arts Club in New York City on Monday May 12th, 2014 with Producer Albie Hecht, Executive Producer Susan MacLaury (co-founders of Shine Global) and Inocente Izucar, the artist and subject of the 2013 Academy Award®-winning short documentary, in attendance. Produced by Shine Global with Salty Features and directed by Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine, Inocente is the inspiring coming of age story of a 15-year-old girl in California. Though homeless and undocumented, she refuses to give up on her dream of being an artist, proving that the hand she has been dealt does not define her — her dreams do.

Now 20 and no longer homeless or undocumented, Inocente has spent the last year traveling with the film and speaking about the importance of arts education. She’s finally had the time to create a new body of work to present at her second New York City art show. Upon viewing the recently created work Dianne B. Bernhard, Director of Fine Arts at the National Arts Club remarked, “Inocente’s work is fresh and original and the hottest pop art produced by a young artist today.”

Shine’s special event marked the first day of the National Arts Club’s “Inspiring Arts Education” exhibit running from May 12-17, 2014. In addition to the exhibit of Inocente’s new art work, the week also included exhibits by the young students of Rudolf Steiner School, Marte Valley High School, and Broome Street Academy, many of who are homeless or come from challenging circumstances. Broome Street Academy provides services through its partner program The Door to more than 11,000 young people from all over New York City, with a wide range of services including health care, education, and arts education. Inocente also ran a mural workshop with the students of Broome street Academy on Wednesday.

Shine wants to thank all of our supporters who were able to make it to this special event and Inocente Izucar and the National Arts Club for putting on such an incredible art show.

All donations to Shine Global are tax-deductible and go to support Shine in its mission to end the exploitation and abuse of children worldwide through the production of films and other media that raise awareness and inspire change. Upcoming films include the exciting sports action and music documentary 1 Way Up in 3D, which just premiered at the Montclair Film Festival and will be released in the UK this summer, and Selling Our Daughters which is currently in production.  Past films include the Oscar®-nominated War/Dance and The Harvest (La Cosecha).  To make a donation click here.  To learn more about the film Inocente and to find out how to host a screening in your community visit www.inocentedoc.com.

To view more photos from the event visit our Facebook page here.

 

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