Project Woman, a local women’s shelter servicing Clark, Champaign and Madison Counties, is hosting a screening of a Netflix original documentary film, Audrie & Daisy at the Gloria Theatre today (Nov. 21) at 7 p.m. The film will be followed by a talk back and discussion by several of the staff at Project Woman. Admission is free.
The film chronicles the story of several sexual assault cases in the age of social media and discusses the fallout that comes both online and in person by people victims often believe are their “friends.”
Audrie & Daisy is presented in cooperation with Film Sprout, an organization that seeks to “help social-issue filmmakers create robust community and campus screening initiatives for their documentaries.” Film Sprout approached Project Woman about organizing a screening, as they believed the film fit with Project Woman’s missions of “ending domestic violence and sexual assault by providing services and programs to protect, educate, and empower.”
Carl Burgason, a Community Advocate at Project Woman who helped organize the screening, says that he is “very excited and grateful” to be able to share this story with the community. “The fact that we are able to show this film in a public setting, without charging admission for the audience, is going to be an amazing opportunity to discuss important social changes.” He feels that this is especially important because of the theatre’s proximity to the local Urbana University.
Lindsey Criswell, the Project Woman’s Campus Advocate for Urbana and Wittenberg says the film “was very sobering.” Comparing it to other films on the topic she says, “Audrie & Daisy opens (the conversation) up,” saying that “it’s a different take on the issue, but it’s an important one.” Lindsey is one of the staff members who will be discussing the film once it’s over, and says she “is thrilled to talk about this film which discusses a very important issue.”
The screening will take place at the newly renovated Gloria Theatre in Urbana. The Gloria, which is run by the GrandWorks foundation, was recently outfitted with a modern digital projection system and transformed into a center for “community entertainment, performing arts and meeting/event center.”
Information provided by Project Woman.