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FILM GUIDE ARCHIVE FEATURE DOCUMENTARY

PLAYGROUND

TFF 2009 Directed by Libby Spears
FILM GUIDE ARCHIVE PLAYGROUND [TFF 2009]

Sexual exploitation of children is a problem that we tend to relegate to back-alley brothels in developing countries, the province of a particularly inhuman, and invariably foreign, criminal element. Such is the initial premise of Libby Spears' sensitive investigation into the topic. But she quickly concludes that very little thrives on this planet without American capital, and the commercial child sex industry is certainly thriving. Spears intelligently traces the epidemic to its disparate, and decidedly domestic, roots—among them the way children are educated about sex, and the problem of raising awareness about a crime that inherently cannot be shown. Her cultural observations are couched in an ongoing mystery story: the search for Michelle, an everyday American girl lost to the underbelly of childhood sexual exploitation who has yet to resurface a decade later.

Executive produced by George Clooney, Grant Heslov, and Steven Soderbergh, and punctuated with poignant animation by Japanese pop artist Yoshitomo Nara, Playground illuminates a sinister industry of unrecognized pervasiveness. Spears has crafted a comprehensive revelation of an unknown epidemic, essential viewing for any parent or engaged citizen.

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Sexual exploitation of children is a problem that we tend to relegate to back-alley brothels in developing countries, the province of a particularly inhuman, and invariably foreign, criminal element. Such is the initial premise of Libby Spears' sensitive investigation into the topic. But she quickly concludes that very little thrives on this planet without American capital, and the commercial child sex industry is certainly thriving. Spears intelligently traces the epidemic to its disparate, and decidedly domestic, roots—among them the way children are educated about sex, and the problem of raising awareness about a crime that inherently cannot be shown. Her cultural observations are couched in an ongoing mystery story: the search for Michelle, an everyday American girl lost to the underbelly of childhood sexual exploitation who has yet to resurface a decade later.

Executive produced by George Clooney, Grant Heslov, and Steven Soderbergh, and punctuated with poignant animation by Japanese pop artist Yoshitomo Nara, Playground illuminates a sinister industry of unrecognized pervasiveness. Spears has crafted a comprehensive revelation of an unknown epidemic, essential viewing for any parent or engaged citizen.

Film Information
Year: 2008
Length: 85 minutes
Language: English
Country: USA
Premiere: World
Cast & Credits
Director: Libby Spears
Original Artwork: Yoshitomo Nara
Executive Producers: Grant Heslov, George Clooney, Steven Soderbergh, Abigail Disney, Gayle Embrey, Lauren Embrey
Associate Producer: Julia Ormond
Contacts

Print Source
Aaron Goddard
Evolve Post
1522 Cloverfield Boulevard, Ste. C Santa Monica, CA 90405
Phone: 310 828 1444
aaron@evolvepost.com

Press Contact
Ava Rollins
Art Observed
38 Orchard Street, Ste. 2C New York, NY 10002
Phone: 917 539 6996
ava@avarollins.com

Main Contact
Libby Spears
Bluprint Films
5482 Wilshire Boulevard, #147 Los Angeles, CA 90036
Phone: 646 773 6413
libbyspears@bluprintfilms.com

Print Source
Aaron Goddard
Evolve Post
1522 Cloverfield Boulevard, Ste. C Santa Monica, CA 90405
Phone: 310 828 1444
aaron@evolvepost.com

Press Contact
Ava Rollins
Art Observed
38 Orchard Street, Ste. 2C New York, NY 10002
Phone: 917 539 6996
ava@avarollins.com

Main Contact
Libby Spears
Bluprint Films
5482 Wilshire Boulevard, #147 Los Angeles, CA 90036
Phone: 646 773 6413
libbyspears@bluprintfilms.com

About the Director(s)

Libby Spears conceived of the idea for Playground in 2001 while producing a film in the Philippines and Central America about women's sexual self-image. She founded the Nest Foundation in 2004 to create a platform for local and global awareness and produced and directed PSAs for PSI in Nepal on water and sanitation, and IOM in Indonesia, on human trafficking and the aftermath of the tsunami. Libby directed the short film Foreplay and produced Rules of Love and Christopher Walken's Popcorn Shrimp. As director of development for various New York independent production companies, she was involved with Shooting Vegetarians, Dear Jesse, Spring Forward, and Pagans.

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