Cynthia Lowen USA / 2018 / 96
Times and Venues:
Bearsville Theater WOODSTOCK
Q&A Attendees *subject to change: Cynthia Lowen, Carrie Goldberg
Imagine having your identity stolen. Bad enough, but now imagine a perpetrator launching a relentless internet attack including death threats, ‘revenge porn,’ stalking, and impersonation. Where do you turn for help? Enter hard-hitting, spike-heeled Carrie Goldberg, herself a victim of online harassment, who decides to become the lawyer she needed when her own demands for justice were ignored. We also meet Tina Reine, a successful businesswoman whose career was derailed when her harasser began his vicious online assault, and Anita Sarkeesian, a media critic who is the target of a coordinated online mob‘s violent threats. How to survive such indignities? Says Goldberg, ‘Think of yourself as a ship...Just stay upright and the storm will pass.’ Compelling filmmaking, beautifully constructed, compassionate, and enormously empowering, Netizens reminds us that cyber-stalking is far more than an unpleasant annoyance. It destroys reputations and careers and admonishes us to be vigilant. Silence will not protect us. —Barbara Pokras, ACE
BIO: Cynthia Lowen is an award-winning filmmaker and writer. Her film Netizens made its world premiere at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival. She is also the producer and writer of Bully, a feature documentary following five kids and families through a year in the life of America's bullying crisis, released by The Weinstein Company. Lauded by reviewers, Bully was nominated for two Emmy Awards, screened at the White House, and received a prestigious Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia Award for excellence in journalism. Lowen is also winner of the National Poetry Series for her collection The Cloud That Contained the Lightning, about J. Robert Oppenheimer and the making of the atomic bomb. She has received residencies from the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and the Hedgebrook Women Authoring Change Fellowship from William Morris Entertainment. Lowen now resides in the Hudson Valley.
Cast/Featuring: Carrie Goldberg, Anita Sarkeesian, Tina Reine, Soraya Chemaly, Jamia Wilson
Executive Producer(s): Ruth Ann Harnisch, Abigail Disney, Gini Reticker, Barbara Dobkin
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