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 Global 2016 Annual Report

Shine Global 2016 Annual Report

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Shine Global 2016 Annual Report

We are pleased to share Shine Global’s 2016 Annual Report with you. 2016 was one of Shine’s busiest years with The Wrong Light and The Eagle Huntress reaching their first audiences.

Thank you to every one of our board, staff, filmmakers, interns, donors, sponsors, film subjects, social media fans, and community partners for making this all possible.

 

 

Shine Board Member Profile: Anne Prost

Shine Board Member Profile: Anne Prost

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Shine Board Member Profile: Anne Prost

As part of an ongoing series, we want to introduce you to the Shine Global family and especially our outstanding and hard working board members who help move Shine forward.

Anne Prost, Chair of Board of Directors, Shine GlobalName: Anne Prost
Joined Shine Board of Directors: 2005
Title: Non-profit consultant
Current Role at Shine: Chair of the Board of Directors (as of Fall 2017)

I was born in the French Alps and grew up just outside Paris where, as the cliché goes, I was fed a solid diet of obscure art-house movies. The closer I got to filmmaking however was probably when taking high resolution pictures of atomic structures during my physics postgraduate studies (carried out in a building that used to house Isadora Duncan’s dance school). After a few years spent as a scientist in an industrial research laboratory in Paris, I moved to London where I worked as a strategy consultant for large multinational corporations, across several European countries.

I eventually came back to science and spent the next 7 years as Scientific Attaché at the French Embassy in London. To fulfil a long-term interest in the not-for-profit world, I became trustee and later chief executive of Medical Aids Films, a charity that produces teaching and training films focusing on maternal and child health in low resource settings, in particular sub-Saharan Africa. My family relocated to the New York City area in 2012, and I decided to focus on advising not-for-profits in a pro-bono capacity, with a particular interest in education, the media and the arts. In addition to Shine Global, I sit on the Board of Children’s Academy, a school in NYC for children with speech and language delays.

Why did you join Shine’s board and why have you stayed on for several years?

I first came in contact with Shine Global as a pro bono consultant, working on its strategic plan with Susan MacLaury and Alex Blaney. Spending a couple of months interviewing Board members, directors, distributors and funders, I found myself in the privileged position of getting to know the organization and its mission quite intimately. I witnessed the high artistic standards of Shine’s productions, the vision and the intense dedication of its founders and executive team, and the great expertise and warmth of its Board members. Shine actually finds itself at the intersection of several of my long-term interests: the power of film to educate and incite change; the condition of children and the extraordinary resilience that they often display; the role that not-for profit organizations can play towards social change. Later joining the Board was really an obvious decision!

These are exciting times for Shine: the organization has worked very hard on consolidating its governance and can now grow confidently from this strong foundation. I look forward to supporting Shine in any way I can for the years to come.

What’s a favorite Shine moment for you?

Being introduced to a new project and watching the first images during a Board meeting is always a rather unique moment. Before being brought to the Board, the project has gone through a stringent evaluation process by Shine’s New Projects Committee and there is always a great sense of anticipation, artfully built up by Susan and Albie. The first few minutes of footage carry the promise of engrossing storytelling and high cinematographic values. And then the hard work of fundraising and production starts.

How do you use your specific skill set in your work as a Shine board member?

I try to bring to Shine’s Board the professional skills that I picked up over the last decade, as chief executive, board member and consultant for other not-for-profit organizations, on both sides of the Atlantic, as well as those acquired as a strategy consultant. I have thus been involved in Shine’s strategic planning and been chair of its Development Committee. I also ask a lot of questions, probably a persistent habit from my “scientific years.”

Hopefully, I will bring to my new role as chair some of the skills retained from my years in diplomacy.

I may also bring a few gallicisms that my fellow Board members have been kind enough to ignore!

What is a Shine challenge that you feel supporters should know about?

There is no doubt that you must be really passionate, persistent and very patient, to produce documentaries. Producing the film in itself is no mean feat, with funding often difficult to gather, but getting the film distributed and watched is also a challenge. Shine supporters can play an important and central role by spreading the word, sending feedback and recommending our documentaries to organizations that they are involved in. And there are so many remarkable children whose stories deserve to be told!

Anything else you want to say?

Shine often works with directors who are at early stages in their careers, mentoring them if needed. Although this is not explicitly part of its mission, I feel that this is also an area where Shine has a very positive impact.

See the full list of Shine’s Board of Directors Members and Board of Governors Members here and read the other profiles of board members Dario Spina here, Keith Brown here, Kay Sarlin Wright here, Marilyn DeLuca here, Al Cattabiani here, Bill MacArthur here, Don Melnick here, and Robert Baker here.

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.

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