The Wrong Light on Digital and DVD this November

The Wrong Light on Digital and DVD this November

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The Wrong Light on Digital and DVD this November

Pre-Order on iTunes

The Wrong Light will be available in the US exclusively on iTunes starting November 7th with other digital platforms following later in November.

It will be available on DVD from Amazon starting Nov 14th and the DVD will include special extras including deleted scenes and behind the scenes footage.

We need your help to be a success!

Even if you’ve already seen The Wrong Light – we could use your help to get the film in front of more people!

1.  Rate the movie on iTunesIMDB, and Rotten Tomatoes

2. Share the link on social media so more people find out about the movie:

Post on Facebook:

Example Post:
So excited for The Wrong Light to be coming out.  The New York Times calls it “an engrossing cautionary tale.” You can pre-order on iTunes now: http://bit.ly/iTunesTheWrongLight 

Tweet about it:

Example Tweet:
So excited for @TheWrongLight – You can pre-order on #iTunes now bit.ly/iTunesTheWrongLight  #TheWrongLight

HIGHLIGHTS:

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 Goldstein, The Los Angeles Times

A truly eye-opening documentary  – Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film

WINNER – Grand Jury Prize – NJ Films – Montclair Film Festival
Official Selection – Cleveland International Film Festival
Official Selection – Atlanta Film Festival
Official Selection – Heartland Film Festival
Plus an Official Selection at UNAFF Film Festival, Milwaukee Film Festival, Louisiana International Film Festival, Cine-World Film Festival

Official Movie Website:
http://www.thewronglight.com

Official Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/TheWrongLight

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

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

Shine’s 2nd Annual Party – What a Wonderful Evening!

Shine’s 2nd Annual Party – What a Wonderful Evening!

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Shine’s 2nd Annual Party – What a Wonderful Evening!

From the moment we first saw the Helen Mills Event Space on West 26th Street, we knew it was the perfect venue for our second annual Shine Global party. Large, airy, with high ceilings, a beautiful deco bar, it is very elegant. Add a wonderful staff – especially Brittany and Scoop – and you have the makings for a special night.

Arriving, the first thing we saw was the fantastic signage over the doors highlighting our sponsors, Shine, and our movies. We had a great crowd – a lot of friends but many new faces as well – and we really appreciated everyone’s attentiveness throughout our presentation. After awarding two long-time volunteers for their service to Shine, we introduced the filmmakers for Shine’s three most current films.

Beginning with Aaron and Amanda Kopp, filmmakers of Liyana, and their very talented animator, Shofela Coker, we also heard from The Wrong Light directors, Josie Swantek Heitz and Dave Adams. We watched trailers for both films before Albie introduced the third, The Eagle Huntress, directed by Otto Bell and Stacey Reis. Otto and Stacey were able to stop by early in the evening before going to do Q&As at two theaters as the film has just opened in NY and LA.

We hope our guests had as much fun as we did. Albie and I want to thank our sponsors – Spike, CNN, Epix, Freeform TV and A. Jaffe Jewelers. Our appreciation also goes to our wonderful board of directors, our board of governors, our host committee, and volunteers. And most of all I want to thank Alex Blaney and Kiana Jackson, without whose help Shine would have ground to a halt years ago. Finally, a special thanks to my dear friend, Ruth Sarlin, for her second tour as silent auction coordinator, and to Board of Directors member Anne Prost for her moving statement about Shine.

Thanks to everyone – especially our sponsors – we doubled our donations from last year! Let’s do this again next year…

Check out the pictures on our Facebook page!

Upcoming Festival Screenings for The Wrong Light – Atlanta, Louisiana, Montclair

The Wrong Light - Cleveland Atl Lousiana Montclair

From the Shine Global production team and first time feature directors Josie Swantek Heitz and Dave Adams, The Wrong Light unfolds as a mystery while exploring the dark side of child advocacy through the story of a charismatic “activist,” Mickey Choothesa, who claims to rescue at-risk Thai girls, but is instead exposed as having misrepresented them for his own gain.  Shine’s latest documentary premiered this past weekend at the 40th Cleveland International Film Festival to great success and new festival screenings have just been announced.

Upcoming festival screenings have just been announced

Atlanta Film Festival
Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at 9:15 PM
7 Stages Theatre, Atlanta, GA
*Directors Josie Swantek Heitz and Dave Adams and Producer Susan MacLaury in attendance for the Q&A
Tickets

Louisiana International Film Festival
Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 2:30 PM
Cinemark 4, Baton Rouge, LA
Tickets

Montclair Film Festival
Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 11:30 AM
Clairidge Cinema, Montclair, NJ

Sunday, May 8, 2016 at 12:00 PM
Clairidge Cinema, Montclair, NJ
*Directors Josie Swantek Heitz and Dave Adams and Producer Susan MacLaury in attendance for the Q&A
Tickets

 

 

The Wrong Light to Have World Premiere at Cleveland International Film Festival

One of the must-see documentaries set for world premiere at the Cleveland International Film Festival this weekend is The Wrong Light a riveting film about a man who leads a highly-regarded NGO that aids girls who have been trafficked for sex. What begins as a positive profile of a hero of-sorts turns into a fascinating expose.

THE WRONG LIGHT TO HAVE WORLD PREMIERE AT CLEVELAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

NEW DOCUMENTARY TAKES A SHOCKING TURN AND TURNS THE TABLES ON A WIDELY CELEBRATED CHILD ADVOCATE

In a world of “clicktivism” and armchair activism, NGOs globally often feel pressure to play to the public’s appetite for sensational stories that generate sympathy.

FROM THE PRODUCERS OF THE OSCAR®-WINNING INOCENTE, WHICH ALSO DEBUTED AT CIFF

Selling Our Daughters - temp still of Fon

The Wrong Light, the latest documentary from the producers behind the Oscar®-winning short doc Inocente, will have its world premiere in competition at the 40th Cleveland International Film Festival with screenings on April 2 and 3.

From the Shine Global production team and first time feature directors Josie Swantek Heitz and Dave Adams, The Wrong Light unfolds as a mystery while exploring the dark side of child advocacy through the story of a charismatic “activist,” Mickey Choothesa, who claims to rescue at-risk Thai girls, but is instead exposed as having misrepresented them for his own gain.

SYNOPSIS (From CIFF Program): The Wrong Light begins as a positive spotlight on Mickey Choothesa and his nonprofit, the Children’s Organization of Southeast Asia (COSA), which aims to rescue young females from the deplorable sex trade in Thailand. He tells the filmmakers about his start as a war photographer, capturing images in the heat of battle. The horrors of war were less jarring to him than the fate of trafficked girls, he explains. Dubbed “Uncle Mickey” by the kids at COSA, Choothesa is heavily involved in their lives, providing education and shelter to those he deems at-risk. On paper, this seems like a slam dunk for an inspiring film about a man making a difference. But, as interviews with the girls and their families unfold, an unfortunate truth begins to emerge: Mickey isn’t who he seems. It becomes clear his intentions are far from pure, his mission less noble than previously presented. Ironically, his program is exploitative—the very thing he claims to fight against. This shocking documentary uncovers a wolf in sheep’s clothing, whose selfish actions are undermining the effort to end human trafficking.

Mickey-s

MORE ABOUT THE FILM: We went to northern Thailand to film a story about two girls – Fon and Eye – whom we thought had been sold into the sex trade by their parents. Our guide was Mickey Choothesa. What we discovered instead is that Mickey has been deceiving both the public and those he claims to be helping. Since founding his non-profit organization, COSA, in 2005, Mickey has marketed it as a sanctuary for trafficked and at-risk girls. His dramatic rescue stories, featured in articles and shared online, inspire donors globally to support COSA’s work. In a world of “clicktivism” and armchair activism, NGOs globally often feel pressure to play to the public’s appetite for sensational stories that generate sympathy. Our film and outreach campaign will encourage debate about the ethics of effective aid, poverty porn, representation, exploitation, and how to ensure responsible support by people who want to help.

PUBIC SCREENINGS of The Wrong Light at CIFF40

Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 6:15 PM

Sunday, April 3, 2016 at 2:00 PM

IN-PERSON! Directors Josie Swantek Heitz and Dave Adams as well as Producer Susan MacLaury and Executive Producer Albie Hecht will all be in attendance for the screenings and Q&As.

Tickets and more info: http://www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2016/the-wrong-light

“We are thrilled to be back at the Cleveland International Film Festival to premiere another of our films,” said producer and Shine Global co-founder Susan MacLaury.  “We know this will be a great festival for this film and we are excited about the conversations it will start.”

CREDITS:

Directors: Josie Swantek Heitz, David Adams

Produced by: Susan MacLaury, Josie Swantek Heitz

Executive Producers: Albie Hecht, Barbara Dobkin

Co-Producer: Alexandra Blaney

Dir. of Photography: Dave Adams

Editors: Chris Tuss, Matt Cascella

Music By: Adam Taylor

Animation: Jonathan Ng, Grace An

Production Company: Shine Global, Inc.

Shine Global, a non-profit media company, gives voice to children by telling stories of their resilience to raise awareness, promote action, and inspire change. The organization’s films have won more than 50 major awards including an Academy Award® for Best Documentary Short Subject for Inocente and an Academy Award®-nomination for War/Dance. For more information visit: http://www.shineglobal.org

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