2017 DOC WEEK: I AM JANE DOEUSA | 2017 | 99 mins. | Not Rated | Documentary
Directed by Mary Mazzio
Monday July 31, 2017, 7:30PM
Martha's Vineyard Film Center
$15 General Admission, $12 Member,
$7 child age 14 or younger
Doors Open for admissions 30 min. prior to screening
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Directed by Mary Mazzio
Narrated by Jessica Chastain
The film will be accompanied by a panel discussion featuring director Mary Mazzio, Yiota Souras, and more.
I Am Jane Doe chronicles the epic battle that several American mothers are waging on behalf of their middle-school daughters, victims of sex trafficking on Backpage.com, the classified advertising website that for years was part of the iconic Village Voice. Reminiscent of Erin Brockovich and Karen Silkwood, these mothers have stood up on behalf of thousands of other mothers, fighting back and refusing to take no for an answer.
The Jane Doe plaintiffs featured in the film include middle school girls from Boston, a 15-year-old violinist from Seattle, and a precocious 13-year-old girl from St. Louis. The documentary follows the journey of these young girls and their mothers in real time as they run headlong into a collision course not only with Backpage but with judges, special interest groups, and Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, an internet freedom law that provides a safe haven for website publishers to advertise underage girls for sex.
The film also features the attorneys involved in the various lawsuits, including a criminal defense lawyer working out of a strip mall in Washington State and a senior partner in one of the oldest white-shoe law firms in the country (Ropes & Gray) from Massachusetts. The film includes interviews with Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Senator John McCain (R-Arizona), Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri), Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-North Dakota), as well as former editors and writers from the Village Voice, ex-CIA analysts, FBI agents, and others involved with these cases.
I Am Jane Doe is a gut-wrenching human story and fresh look at a social and legal issue that affects every community in America.
Mary Mazzio, an award-winning documentary film director, Olympic athlete, and former law firm partner, is Founder and CEO of 50 Eggs, Inc., an independent film production company dedicated to making socially impactful films. Mary wrote, directed and produced the highly-acclaimed films, Underwater Dreams, TEN9EIGHT, The Apple Pushers, A Hero for Daisy, Contrarian, Apple Pie, and Lemonade Stories.
Yiota Souras is Senior Vice President, General Counsel for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC). As General Counsel, Ms. Souras manages and provides legal guidance on all legal matters arising from NCMEC’s unique non-profit mission to help find missing children, reduce child sexual exploitation, and prevent child victimization. She also serves as Assistant Secretary to the Board of Directors and oversees legislative and policy-related matters for the organization.
"A clear-eyed and pressing work of advocacy journalism." -Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter
"[A] sobering, often sickening, bluntly effective piece of advocacy cinema" -Ann Hornaday, Washington Post