"TOUCHED" is a poignant short film that follows a survivor of sexual assault as she navigates the complexities of intimacy and PTSD. The film provides a unique perspective on healing, love, and self-acceptance.
The virtual screening will be followed by a panel discussion featuring:
- Virginia Tucker, director, writer, and producer of "TOUCHED"
- Katherine Kendall, actress, artist, and Silence Breaker
- Caitlin Dulany, actress and #MeToo activist
- Kathy Eldon, Founder of Creative Visions
During the panel, our speakers will discuss the film, share their personal experiences, and explore ways to support survivors of sexual assault and create safe spaces for healing through the power of storytelling.
Virginia is a director-writer-producer who shifted her pursuit of acting to help create the types of stories she longed to see being made; stories that celebrate the complex female experience. Instead of the airbrushed characters that flood our screens, Virginia founded her company, AudreyDay, in 2020 to focus on telling stories about the true female experience: our imperfections, our flaws, our wrinkles, and our secrets. She moved to LA and started working professionally as an actress at 15. These formative years led her to discover her passion for directing and filmmaking. She also worked as a casting intern on such shows as The Messengers (CW), Eye Candy (MTV), and Ouija (Universal). In the pandemic, as many movies paused filming, Virginia wrote and directed her award-winning short, "TOUCHED," starring Maddie Nichols (Emergency, Sundance 2022), about a survivor finding love again one year after her campus sexual assault. "TOUCHED" screened at festivals nationwide, partnering with RAINN, the nation's leading hotline against sexual violence. Virginia is now working towards making the feature-length version. Virginia can be seen in the MGM/Elizabeth Bank's film Bottoms, directed by Emma Seligman (Shiva Baby), which will headline SXSW 2023. In her years in front of the camera, Virginia appeared on such shows as Queer as Folk (Peacock), Leverage: Redemption (IMDB TV), and Criminal Minds (CBS). Virginia is committed to telling stories that break the stereotypes of female characters regarding age, appearance, life experiences, and more.
Katherine Kendall is an actor and artist who lives in Los Angeles.
She is a Silence Breaker and one of the first women to come forward to Jodi Kantor of the New York Times about Harvey Weinstein sexually assaulting her. She's been a podcast guest, including on Michael Babaro's The Daily and many others. She also hosts her podcast, ROAR with Katherine Kendall, where she talks about courage, resiliency, and trauma with other survivors and guests.
As an actress, she recently appears as an ex-Miramax executive in the movie She Said.
She has been a recurring speaker at The Georgetown Day School's Sexual Assault Summit for five years.
She was the 2022 keynote speaker at The Wendt Center for Loss and Healing in Washington, D.C.
She continues to lend her voice and time to help create safe spaces for others; her mission is to help people find healing.
Caitlin Dulany is an actress who has been in numerous productions, including the Warner Brothers film ‘Project X’, Spike Lee's ‘Old Boy’ and television shows ‘American Horror Stories’, ‘Criminal Minds’ and ‘ER’. She is also featured in the Official 2019 Sundance Festival Selection Documentary ‘Untouchable’ on Hulu about the Harvey Weinstein scandal. Since speaking out against Harvey Weinstein in 2017, she has become a passionate advocate for change in the area of sexual assault and harassment within the entertainment industry and beyond. She currently serves as a member of the Sag-Aftra LA Local Executive Board and the Sag-Aftra National Sexual Harassment Prevention Committee, where she was instrumental in advocating for the creation of standardized guidelines for on-set Intimacy Coordinators. In January 2020, Caitlin and actresses Mira Sorvino, Alyssa Milano and Jurnee Smollett, led a Town Hall on Safety in Entertainment where they introduced the Time’s Up Guide to Working in Entertainment, a how-to guide to dealing with sexual misconduct in entertainment workplaces. She has also collaborated with the nonprofit Equal Rights Advocates to help pass important legislation that strengthened sexual harassment protections for working people across California. A leading voice in the #MeToo movement, Caitlin is proud to call herself a Silence Breaker and to lend her voice and experience to the important issues surrounding safety and equity in the entertainment industry and beyond.
Kathy Eldon has worked as an award-winning film and television producer, best-selling author and journalist in England, Kenya, and the United States. In 1998, Kathy and her daughter, Amy, launched Creative Visions Foundation, inspired by the life of her son, Dan Eldon - Reuters photojournalist, artist, and creative activist. The organization has helped support more than 360 projects and productions. In 2004, CV launched Rock your World, a free online curriculum based on the Declaration of Human Rights. Creative Visions has impacted more than 100 million people.
In 1990, Kathy founded Creative Visions Productions to produce films that inspire action. Documentaries and films that Kathy has produced or supported have been distributed through global outlets, including Columbia Pictures, Netflix, CNN, PBS, TBS and OWN. Her EP credits include Extraordinary Moms, an OWN special features actor, Julia Roberts, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, talk show host Rosie O’Donnell, and CNN correspondent Christiane Amanpour and The Journey is the Destination, a feature about her son Dan, directed by Bronwen Hughes and produced by Kweku Mandela. The film streamed on Netflix and Amazon and premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.
A graduate of Wellesley College, Kathy is the author of 17 books, including cookbooks, self-help books, social history books for students, and the best-selling collection of her son’s journal pages, The Journey is the Destination. Kathy co-authored the popular Catcher series of guided journals published by Chronicle Books. Harper One published Kathy’s acclaimed memoir, In the Heart of Life. Her most recent book, Hope Rising, A Musing, a collection of spoken word poetry, inspired a 90-minute special presented by luminaries including Julian Lennon, Marianne Williamson, Kweku Mandela, Diva Zappa and Joe Sumner.
Kathy, a popular speaker, has been featured on countless television and radio programs globally, including several appearances on Oprah. Her many awards include being nominated as a Point of Light by Kweku Mandela on the anniversary of his grandfather’s birthday. Kathy lives with her husband, designer Michael Bedner, a few steps away from her daughter, Amy and her family and the Dan Eldon Center for Creative Activism, a vibrant hub for individuals who want to help change their bit of the world for the better.
About Creative Visions
Creative Visions is a nonprofit organization and United Nations NGO (Nongovernmental Organization) that inspires and empowers creative activism worldwide by supporting people who use media and the arts to ignite positive social change, particularly in the areas of human rights, the environment, freedom and democracy, youth and education. The organization was founded 23 years ago by Kathy Eldon, and her daughter Amy, after her son Dan Eldon was killed in Somalia while working as a photojournalist. Since then, the organization has grown to become a global force for creative action.
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