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" TRUST ME addresses how media technology is changing society and how we can protect future generations and ourselves. "

James P. Steyer

Founder & CEO of Common Sense Media
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" This film offers a sensitive, lyrical, and courageous look at emotional dimensions of our attachment to digital devices. "

Renee Hobbs

Director - Harrington Center at Univ. of Rhode Island
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" 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 Shermer

Publisher Skeptic magazine, author “Giving the Devil His Due”
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" 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-Lipkin

Executive Director – National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE)
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" 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 Tester

U.S. Senator
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" 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 Daines

U.S. Senator
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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 Pinker

Harvard University, author “Enlightenment Now”
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" 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
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“ I loved it – and can’t imagine anything that could be more topical or timely. ”

Patrice North

Executive Director – Alexandria Film Festival
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About ``TRUST ME``

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.

Rating by professionals

  • IMDb
    94%
  • Hot-top
    72%
  • Movie Rate
    86%
  • Hollywood
    64%
Trust me addresses how media technology is changing society and how we can protect future generations and ourselves.
This Film offers a sensitive lyrical, and courageous look at emotioy dimensions of our attachment to digital devices
Whom should you trust in the media? Trust me addresses this importance issue. I’m proud to have been a part of this artful and powerful film that not only Addresses the problem but, more important , offers solutions.
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

PERSONAL STORIES

Russian Trolls/ISIS

Meddling from foreign governments polarizes communities

New Zealand

Misinformation about vaccines leads to a near-death experience

chicago, IL

Over-protective parenting robs children of healthy experiences

Durango, CO

Screentime vs. mental health in middle school

India

Lynching resulting from encrypted WhatsApp

FILMMAKERS

ADDITIONAL CREW

Omid Heidari

Field Producer

Alex Palmer

Post Prod Supv & 1st Asst Ed

Kyle Morrison

Assistant Editor

Sarah Villareal

Archival Producer

Valarie Barsky

Clearance Supervisor

Brit Williams

Archival Producer

Tammy Chu Tolle

Archival Producer

Matt Clarke

Cinematographer

Ryan Taubert

Original Music

Julianne Grossman

Narrator

Alison Lee

Production Manager

Relja Penezic

Motion Graphics

EXPERTS

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“We must prepare young people for living in a world of powerful images, words and sounds.”

– UNESCO, 1982

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COVID-19 UPDATE:

*DUE TO THE CURRENT PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS, WE ARE OFFERING WAYS TO HOST COMMUNITY SCREENINGS AND DISCUSSIONS ONLINE RATHER THAN IN-PERSON EVENTS. WE ARE WILLING AND ABLE TO CONSIDER LIVE WEBINARS OR RECORDED Q&A SESSIONS WITH FILMMAKERS, MUSICIANS AND/OR CHARACTERS FROM THE FILM.
• We have partnered with Eventbrite to make hosting your screening as easy as possible.• Classroom version (Two 15-minute segments with lessons plans) will be available for purchase soon.• To encourage screenings and discussions, your organization will receive 25% of ticket revenue from your screening!• We will provide PDFs of posters, invitations, email and social media templates to help you build an audience for your screening.

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LET’S 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.”

Rationale for this petition: The facts prove this is be the best time ever to be alive, but most don’t realize it. A petition asking for the U.S. States to adopt media literacy curriculum in K-12 schools would show our resolve and remind our representatives of the critical importance of this issue.

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