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To improve the world we need to have confidence that improvement is possible. Today’s information diet tends to work against these goals, and it’s essential that we understand how people learn about current affairs and how we can enhance their knowledge about the present and hope for the future. Trust Me is a vivid, engaging, and penetrating portrait of these vital issues.Steven PinkerHarvard University, Author “Enlightenment Now”
This film is designed to increase student’s media literacy to help them cope with the volumes of negativity they are bombarded with since the advent of mobile devices, enabling them to become more resilient. Documentaries like Trust Me may help Montana’s population develop tools to combat mental health issues like suicide ideology.Jon TesterU.S. Senator
Manipulation of the news by media sources can lead to an increase in depression, anxiety and an increase in the polarization of society. Trust Me and the Getting Better Foundation are working to remedy this through this film.Steve DainesU.S. Senator
TRUST ME addresses how media technology is changing society and how we can protect future generations and ourselves.James P. SteyerFounder & CEO of Common Sense Media
This film offers a sensitive, lyrical, and courageous look at emotional dimensions of our attachment to digital devices.Renee HobbsDirector - Harrington Center at Univ. of Rhode Island
Trust Me opens up the vital conversation about the importance of understanding the media landscape which surrounds us. As someone who works every day to create a media literate world, I am grateful for this film and its message about the importance of reflecting on the way media shapes the world we live in. It’s an incredibly important film at an incredibly important time. You will want to see this. Trust me.Michelle Ciulla-LipkinExecutive Director – National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE)
I loved it – and can’t imagine anything that could be more topical or timely.Patrice NorthExecutive Director – Alexandria Film Festival
We live in troubling times. We are at a point where we need to learn to talk to each other… to engage each other in critical discourse. This film goes a long way to solving the How of what we say, How it affects others and in building critical thinking.Belinha DeAbreu, PhD.Media Literacy Educator & Author
Whom should you trust in the media? Trust Me addresses this important issue. I’m proud to have been a part of this artful and powerful film that not only addresses the problem but, more importantly, offers solutions.Michael ShermerPublisher - Skeptic magazine, Author “Giving the Devil His Due"
“We must prepare young people for living in a world of powerful images, words and sounds.”
About The Documentary
Trust Me is a feature-length documentary exploring human nature, information technology, and the need for media literacy to help people trust one another, bring them together and create a more resilient population.
Trust Me is a documentary film that shows how an avalanche of negative news and mis-information is making us all terrified of the world. This has led to mistrust of others, which further leads to racism, polarization, mental health disorders and even crime.
Sensational media take advantage of our survival instincts to earn more clicks and ad revenue with scary and shocking headlines – many of which aren’t even true – and we’re enabling them each time we share. When our fear goes up, our trust comes down. When people don’t trust each other, they don’t help each other and progress stalls. We become farther apart.
Trust Me covers emotional stories, interwoven with science and expert interviews to show us where the world really stands and the right way to consume and share media.
Meddling from foreign governments polarizes communities
Misinformation about vaccines leads to a near-death experience
Over-protective parenting robs children of healthy experiences
Screentime vs. mental health in middle school
Lynching resulting from encrypted WhatsApp
Meet The Experts
Tammy Chu Tolle
Post Prod Supv & 1st Asst Ed
Filmed and recorded during COVID-19, parents from all over the United States coached and filmed their kids singing our original musical score from Trust Me. Score written by Michael R. Martin.
Petition to Get Media Literacy into Schools
To be delivered to the United States Department of Education, Governors of the 50 United States, the U.S. Congress and Senate:
“We, the People, call upon Government, Journalists and Educators to help us rid the airwaves, internet and news outlets of mis– and dis-information from irresponsible media sources. The first step is to prepare the citizenry to evaluate the validity of messages and sources by supporting media literacy and testing for K-12 education, university and journalistic curriculums.
The high state of fear generated by media coverage which is unbalanced (biased toward the bad news) and sometimes erroneous, drives up unnecessary fear in our country, which, in turn drives down trust. When we trust one another, we’re more apt to help each another. Fear can also lead to feelings of helplessness which damages mental health. By closing the perception gap between the actual and the perceived state of the world, we believe depression, anxiety, illegal drug use and suicidal ideology will decline. We believe progress in solving the big problems of the day will move forward at a higher rate.”