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

The Wrong Light opens July 21st in LA and playing in NY

The Wrong Light opens July 21st in LA and playing in NY

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Tickets on sale for LA Opening of The Wrong Light July 21st

July 18, 2017

Tickets are now on sale for the LA theatrical screenings of The Wrong Light starting July 21st at Laemmle’s Monica Film Center in LA.

Premiere on Friday, July 21st at 7:40pm features a Q&A with Producer Susan MacLaury and Editor Chris Tuss
The 7:140 screening on Saturday, July 22nd will be followed by a Q&A with producer Susan MacLaury

And check out some of the first reviews:

An engrossing cautionary tale

– Daniel Gold, The New York 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

ABOUT

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

Tickets on sale for NYC Premiere of The Wrong Light July 14th

Tickets on sale for NYC Premiere of The Wrong Light July 14th

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Tickets on sale for NYC Premiere of The Wrong Light July 14th

July 3, 2017

Tickets on Sale The Wrong Light in NYC with Director Q&A

Tickets are now on sale for the NYC theatrical screenings on The Wrong Light starting July 14th at the Cinema Village in New York City.

Premiere on Friday, July 14th at 7:15pm features a Q&A with Directors Josie Swantek Heitz and Dave Adams
The 7:15 screening on Saturday, July 15th will be followed by a Q&A with producer Susan MacLaury

Fri, 7/14 – Thurs 7/20 

1:15 PM
3:15 PM
5:15 PM
7:15 PM
9:15 PM

 

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

LA Screenings begin July 21st at the Laemmle Monica Film Center

Evening Premiere on Friday, July 21st features a Q&A
with Producer Susan MacLaury

Fri, 7/21 – Thurs 7/27

Tickets for “The Wrong Light” in Santa Monica will go on sale Tuesday, Jul 18th at 7pm.

The Wrong Light in US Theaters starting July 14th in NYC

The Wrong Light in US Theaters starting July 14th in NYC

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The Wrong Light in US Theaters starting July 14th in NYC

May 30, 2017

We are pleased to announce that The Wrong Light will be opening in US theaters this summer starting Friday, July 14th, 2017 at the Cinema Village in New York City.  Stay tuned for screening times and information about Q&As with the directors, Josie Swantek Heitz and Dave Adams.

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.

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

“The Wrong Light plays like a film noir set in the tropics.” 
— Bob Cannon, The Montclair Times

“A swirling mystery…heartbreaking and hopeful all at once.” 
— Darren Dean, producer of Tangerine

Synopsis: Amidst growing international concern about human trafficking, a nonprofit organization named COSA was founded in 2005 by Mickey Choothesa with the stated mission of serving as a refuge for at-risk and trafficked girls in Northern Thailand. Mickey, a self-described war photographer-turned-activist with an “upstream” prevention approach to trafficking, promoted COSA as a sanctuary providing educational opportunities for young girls. His work drew international donors, a steady stream of western visitors, and global press attention.

Filmmakers Josie Swantek Heitz and Dave Adams were fascinated by the story of two young girls who had been sold into the sex trade by their parents and were later rescued by COSA. They believed they had found a harrowing and uplifting story of heroism worthy of a feature-length documentary. With this in mind, they traveled to Thailand where they interviewed many of the rescued girls at COSA and travelled to their villages to speak with their families.

Unexpectedly, their conversations with both the girls and their families contradicted Mickey’s version of their stories, making the truth that much more elusive. Reluctantly, they became subjects in the film, revealing the story as it unfolded for them. THE WRONG LIGHT is the fascinating and troubling account of their quest to find answers and tell the real story of COSA, its work, and its impact on the young girls.

Who is Mickey Choothesa? Who are these girls? And who is responsible for their representation and exploitation?

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

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

Credits:
Directors: Josie Swantek Heitz, Dave 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 and two Emmys® for War/Dance.

Cinema Guild is a premier distributor of independent, foreign and documentary films. Upcoming releases include Theo Anthony’s Rat Film and Patrick Shen’s In Pursuit of Silence. Recent theatrical releases include Albert Serra’s The Death of Louis XIV, Mehrdad Oskouei’s Starless Dreams, Asghar Farhadi’s About Elly and Lisandro Alonso’s Jauja.

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

 

Liyana to Premiere at the LA Film Festival

Liyana to Premiere at the LA Film Festival

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Liyana to Premiere at the LA Film Festival

May 10, 2017

Liyana is set to premiere at the LA Film Festival this June.  The festival announced its 2017 competition lineup today and Liyana will be having its world premiere there as one of the 10 films in the documentary competition.

Directed by Aaron and Amanda Kopp and produced in association with Shine Global, this documentary/animated film follows a talented group of orphaned children in Swaziland as they collaborate to write an original African tale about Liyana, a girl on a dangerous quest. Inspired by the children’s darkest memories and brightest dreams, their fictional character’s journey reveals parallels between her fate and that of the young storytellers.

Aaron Kopp grew up in Swaziland and he and Amanda have been working on Liyana for the past 8 years.  While it is their first feature as directors, they both have significant experience working as co-producers and cinematographers on such films as the Oscar®-winning documentary Saving Face and the recent Sundance film The Hunting Ground.   Other team members include the rising animation talent Shofela Coker, Oscar® winner Daniel Junge as a producer, and editor Davis Coombe who has edited Emmy®- and Oscar®-winning documentaries. British/Zimbabwean actress Thandie Newton (“West World,” Crash, Mission Impossible II) is an Executive Producer on the film along with Susan MacLaury, Albie Hecht and Lisa Schejola Akin.

Liyana will screen Saturday, June 17th at 12:35pm

Individual tickets go on sale to Film Independent Members beginning next Tuesday, May 16 and to the general public on May 23. For more pass, ticket and event information visit tickets.lafilmfestival.com.

Notes from Susan: Inocente MSU Screening

Notes from Susan: Inocente MSU Screening

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Notes from Susan: Inocente Screening at MSU

Shine-Global-Inocente-MSU-screening-April-2017

Photo credit Alexandra Hidalgo

By Susan MacLaury

Last week I reunited with Inocente, the subject of our film Inocente, to go to Michigan State University to do two screenings and Q and As of the film. We were hosted by Carleen Hsu, Professor of Practice in the Department of Media and Information and Film Studies Program, who was joined by faculty and staff in other departments to make our trip possible.

We showed the film first to Carleen’s film production class, attended by about 100 students, and later that night we did a second screening and Q and A for about 75 students, staff and faculty in one of the university’s libraries. Inocente was beguiling as always, and won the hearts of everyone with her honesty and grace. Her explanation of why she takes in homeless animals – even a very mean rabbit named BunBun – is humorous but very touching.

What also moved me tremendously was being honored at a dinner hosted by Michigan’s CAMP Program (College Assistance Migrant Program). We had a chance to meet wonderful staff and students, most of whom had worked in the fields as did the kids in our film, The Harvest (La Cosecha)

Inocente summed up the day by saying: “This film will continue to be relevant as long as homelessness, undocumented immigrants subject to deportation, and lack of support for the arts continue.”


If you are interested in hosting a screening of one of these films, please contact info@shineglobal.org.
Screenings at schools and universities must go through the films’ distributors (we can put you in touch).
Please be aware that the subjects or filmmakers are usually not able to attend but they do require that hosts provide travel and lodging and a speaking fee.

 

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