Roll Red Roll


February 01, 2019
7:00 PM /
San Diego
Featuring Q&A with film subject Alex Goddard and Verna Griffiin-Tabor, CEO of Center for Community Solutions San Diego

Roll Red Roll is a true-crime thriller that goes behind the headlines to uncover the deep-seated and social media-fueled “boys will be boys” culture at the root of high school sexual assault in America.

At a pre-season football party in small-town Steubenville, Ohio, a heinous crime took place: the assault of a teenage girl by members of the beloved high school football team. What transpired would garner national attention and result in the sentencing of two key offenders. But it was the disturbing social media evidence uncovered online by crime blogger Alex Goddard that provoked the most powerful questions about the case, and about the collusion of teen bystanders, teachers, parents and coaches to protect the assailants and discredit the victim. As it painstakingly reconstructs the night of the crime and its aftermath, Roll Red Roll uncovers the engrained rape culture at the heart of the incident, acting as a cautionary tale about what can happen when teenage social media bullying runs rampant and adults look the other way. The film unflinchingly asks: “why didn’t anyone stop it?”

Nancy Schwartzman
Country of Production: 
United States
Filmmaker Bio(s): 
Nancy Schwartzman

Nancy Schwartzman is a director, producer, and media strategist who uses storytelling and technology to create safer communities for women and girls. Her debut feature,Roll Red Roll, world premiered this April at the Tribeca Film Festival, had its international premiere at Hot Docs, is currently playing at over 30 international festivals, and will have a robust impact campaign in 2019. For Roll Red Roll, Nancy received the Adrienne Shelly Foundation’s Excellence in Filmmaking Award. The film is nominated for a Cinema Eye Spotlight Award, and she is the winner of "Best in Show" at Bend Film Festival, "Best Documentary" at Monmouth Film Festival, "Best Social Impact Doc" at Chagrin Falls Festival, and "Visualizing History" at Middlebury Film Festival. Her first film, The Line, a short documentary examining consent was used by the White House for a campaign around sexuality, and her follow-up short, xoxosms, was on PBS/POV and BBC exploring love between two teenagers, bridged by technology. A globally recognized human rights activist, Nancy serves on Vice President Biden’s Advisory Council. As a tech founder, she created the White House award-winning app Circle of 6 designed to reduce sexual violence among America’s youth. Circle of 6 is used by over 350,000 people in 36 countries. She has shared her work at the White House, the United Nations, TEDxSheffield, AIDC and more.

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