LATROBE, PA – The Saint Vincent College Title IX office and department of athletics will welcome filmmaker and director Nancy Schwartzman for a screening and panel discussion of the award-winning documentary “Roll Red Roll” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 5, in the Performing Arts Center of the Robert S. Carey Student Center.
The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are encouraged and can be made by calling 724-805-2177.
Joining Schwartzman on the discussion panel will be Mae Reale of the Blackburn Center Against Domestic and Sexual Violence and Bernie Colbert, prevention educator from the Pittsburgh Action Against Rape. The panel will be moderated by Dr. Sarah Daly, Saint Vincent College assistant professor of criminology, law and society.
“Roll Red Roll” examines the investigation and aftermath of the sexual assault of a teenage girl by multiple members of a high school football team in Steubenville, Ohio, a case that garnered national attention. During the investigation, which resulted in the arrest and sentencing of two offenders, crime blogger Alexandria Goddard uncovered substantial evidence through social media of collusion between the teen bystanders, teachers, parents and coaches to protect the assailants and discredit the victim. The film uncovers the ingrained rape culture at the heart of the incident and acts as a cautionary tale about what can happen when social media bullying by teens runs rampant and adults look the other way.
“Roll Red Roll” premiered in 2018 at the Tribeca Film Festival and Hot Docs. It has been screened at more than 40 film festivals worldwide, including DOCNYC, and has garnered seven best documentary awards.
Schwartzman is a documentary film director, producer and media strategist who uses storytelling and technology to create safer communities for women and girls. A globally recognized human rights activist, she is a tech founder and created the Obama/Biden’s White House award-winning mobile app “Circle of 6,” designed to reduce sexual violence among youth and college students. The app is used by more than 350,000 people in 36 countries.
A graduate of Columbia University and native of Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, Schwartzman has presented her work at the White House, the United Nations and TEDxSheffield, while she has appeared in Forbes and on CNN. She has also presented to more than 60 colleges and universities.
Schwartzman’s appearance at Saint Vincent is made possible through a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s “It’s On Us PA” initiative. For more information, call 724-805-2897 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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