For Immediate Release
SAN DIEGO (Sept. 10, 2014) Today Chelsea’s Light Foundation, in conjunction with the San Diego Film Festival, announced a Pre-Festival screening of “Chelsea’s Light: A Brother’s Journey” on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014. The film chronicles the journey of Tyler King and his quest to stop crimes against children and the predators who commit them. Tyler is the brother of Chelsea King, who was raped and murdered by a known sexual predator in San Diego.
“Chelsea’s memory continues to bring San Diegans together to focus on a brighter future, and we are proud to partner on this special screening,” said Dale Strack, chairman and CEO, San Diego Film Foundation.
One of the most anticipated films for the Festival, Chelsea’s Light: A Brother’s Journey (2014, 31 min.) is especially meaningful because it is a local story from Tyler King and two-time Emmy award-winning director Bruce Caulk. The regional interconnectedness and spirit of community exemplified by this narrative is the primary reason for hosting the premiere in San Diego.
“Every day I give thanks for the love and support the San Diego community has provided our family and this Foundation. Without them, Chelsea’s dreams of changing the world would have gone unfulfilled,” said Kelly King, Chelsea’s mother.
Tyler King added, “Chelsea will always be my best friend. Making this documentary allowed me to see the power of community. While I had the ability to bring this film to life, my community brought me back to life.”
This powerful film is a riveting excursion following Tyler on his mission to prove that, even in darkness, one can embrace hope and make sure that convicted sexual predators never get the chance to become repeat offenders. The documentary highlights victims’ families including Amber Dubois, Charlie Keever, Chelsea King, Jonathan Sellers, Kathlynn Shepard, as they tell their heartbreaking stories and unite together to make a difference. The process of grieving, healing and evolving is seen from Tyler’s perspective and through the eyes of others who share the experience of losing someone they love to a sexual predator.
“Together, we can protect our children from sexual predators. Through Tyler’s work, we hope to raise awareness and translate knowledge into action. This film will motivate the public to take a stand against this silent epidemic,” said Brent King, Chelsea’s father.
Chelsea’s Light: A Brother’s Journey Screens Sept. 23 @ 7:00p at the Reading Theatre.
Chelsea’s Light After Party: Sept. 23@ 8:30-11:00p at the Andaz Hotel; 600 F. St. San Diego
The Kings and the film’s director will be attending along with Kristie Grover, executive director of the Chelsea’s Light Foundation, who are all working diligently to change the laws in all of our states to prevent this from happening again. The film has already garnered awards as official selection at AFI, SoCal, Naperville and Hollyshorts Film Festivals to name a few.
A child’s right to dream and follow their hearts should never be taken away. To purchase tickets to this special screening and after party via Chelsea’s Light website please visit http://www.chelseaslight.org.
About Chelsea’s Light Foundation
Chelsea King was raped and murdered by a violent, known sexual predator that had several parole violations at the time of her murder. From this tragedy the King family chose hope over grief and rage, and created Chelsea’s Light Foundation. The foundation was established in 2010 to unite and lead people who are passionate about protecting children and inspiring positive change in their communities. For more information, visit chelseaslight.org
About the San Diego Film Festival
Founded in 2001, the San Diego Film Festival, currently produced by the San Diego Film Foundation, is the region’s premier showcase for outstanding U.S. and international independent filmmaking. The five-day event is an entertaining, enlightening and educational gathering that embraces the region’s diverse cultural landscape, enhances the arts community and expands the economic vitality of San Diego. Learn more about the San Diego Film Festival at www.sdfilmfest.com, or on Facebook and Twitter.
About the San Diego Film Foundation
The San Diego Film Foundation is an educational 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that produces the annual San Diego Film Festival. Its mission is to support the art of independent filmmaking through producing an annual film festival, developing stimulating film-related events throughout the year, supporting and nurturing student filmmaking programs in local schools, supporting the development of the local filmmaking industry, and enhancing the economic growth of San Diego.
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