Film: This groundbreaking film reveals the truth surrounding Australia’s love-hate relationship with its beloved icon. The kangaroo image is proudly used by top companies, sports teams and as tourist souvenirs, yet when they hop across the vast continent some consider them to be pests to be shot and sold for profit. KANGAROO unpacks a national paradigm where the relationship with kangaroos is examined.
Campaign: Working with major NGO’s the Kangaroo Campaign is designed to develop over 100 screenings to animal rights and wildlife activists across North America.
Film: Filmed over three years in China and the U.S., MAINELAND is a multi-layered coming-of-age tale that follows two affluent and cosmopolitan teenagers as they settle into a boarding school in blue-collar rural Maine. Part of the enormous wave of “parachute students” from China enrolling in U.S. private schools, bubbly, fun-loving Stella and introspective Harry come seeking a Western-style education, escape from the dreaded Chinese college entrance exam, and the promise of a Hollywood-style U.S. high school experience. As Stella and Harry’s fuzzy visions of the American dream slowly gain more clarity, they ruminate on their experiences of alienation, culture clash, and personal identity, sharing new understandings and poignant discourses on home and country.
Campaign: The Maineland outreach campaign is designed to bring the film to private schools and universities with large populations of international students. Third Stage also proudly represents director Miao Wang for speaking events.
Film: Grace, a short documentary, captures the journey of a 36-year-old suburban mom and breast cancer survivor who decides to reclaim her body by covering her mastectomy scars with an elaborate tattoo. Directed by a recent breast cancer survivor, Grace is a frank, honest, and often funny exploration of a seldom-discussed side of the survivor’s experience—the battle that begins when everyone else thinks the war is already won.
Campaign: The Grace outreach campaign is designed to bring the film to cancer wellness centers, major cancer medical centers and develop use for Grand Rounds. Third Stage also proudly represents director Rachel Pikelny for speaking events.
SOUTHWEST OF SALEM
Film: After being wrongfully convicted of gang-raping two little girls during the Satanic Panic witchhunt of the 80s and 90s, four Latina lesbians fight against mythology, homophobia, and prosecutorial fervor in this now-classic gay rights ‘True Crime’ tale that helped exonerate the ‘San Antonio Four’.
Campaign: The Southwest of Salem outreach and engagement campaign targets criminal justice, innocence projects, LGBTQ organizations and law schools to create screening events across North America. Third Stage also proudly represents the film protagonists and director Deborah Esquenazi for speaking events.
JESSICA LENAHAN, Home Truth
About Jessica Lenahan: Jessica Lenahan is a leading domestic violence advocate in the U.S. and an internationally-recognized human rights defender. Originally from Colorado, Ms. Lenahan was the first domestic violence survivor to bring an international human rights case against the United States government. In 1999, Ms. Lenahan’s three young daughters were killed after being abducted by their father in violation of a domestic violence restraining order. Devastated, Ms. Lenahan filed a lawsuit against the Castle Rock Police Department, claiming they did not adequately enforce her restraining order – despite her repeated calls for help that night. Determined to make sure her daughters did not die in vain, Ms. Lenahan pursued her case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, the United Nations, and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, an international human rights tribunal, seeking to strengthen legal rights for domestic violence victims.
Campaign: Third Stage proudly promotes and represents Jessica Lenahan for speaking engagements at Law Schools and domestic violence prevention events.