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Roll Red Roll: Changing the "Boys Will Be Boys" Culture

Now available on Netflix, Nancy Schwartzman’s new film, Roll Red Roll, goes behind the headlines to look at the aftermath of the assault of a teenage girl by members of the beloved high school football team in a small Ohio town. It is a searing look at the deep-rooted "boys will be boys" culture of so much high school sexual assault in America. 

Join us for a discussion with Schwartzman about her film and about the timely topic of sexual violence. 

Schwartzman is a documentary film director, producer and media strategist who uses storytelling and technology to create safer communities for women and girls. Roll Red Roll is her feature film debut. The film is designed to have a robust impact campaign focusing on engaging men and boys into the solution to end violence against women, as well as engaging communities, schools and parents. She released a companion short film Anonymous Comes to Town in April 2019 on The Guardian. Her first film, The Line (2010), a short documentary examining consent, was used by the White House for a campaign around sexuality, and her follow-up film xoxosms (2013), explored love between two teenagers, bridged by technology.

A human rights activist, Schwartzman 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 America’s youth and college students.

October 23, 2019

The Commonwealth Club
110 The Embarcadero
Max Thelen Boardroom
San Francisco, 94105
United States

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Nancy Schwartzman
Documentary Film Director, Producer and Media Strategist, Roll Red Roll, Anonymous Comes to Town, xoxosms; Tech Founder and Creator, Circle of 6
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Michelle Meow
Producer and Host, "The Michelle Meow Show" (online and KBCW/KPIX TV); Twitter @msmichellemeow—Co-Host
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John Zipperer
Host, Week to Week Political Roundtable; Vice President of Media & Editorial, The Commonwealth Club—Co-Host

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