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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
" This film offers a sensitive, lyrical, and courageous look at emotional dimensions of our attachment to digital devices. "
Director - Harrington Center at Univ. of Rhode Island
" 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. "
Publisher Skeptic magazine, author “Giving the Devil His Due”
" 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. "
Executive Director – National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE)
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
Harvard University, author “Enlightenment Now”
" 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
“ I loved it – and can’t imagine anything that could be more topical or timely. ”
Executive Director – Alexandria Film Festival
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.
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
Meddling from foreign governments polarizes communities
Misinformation about vaccines leads to a near-death experience
Over-protective parenting robs children of healthy experiences
*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.
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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Trust Me is a production of the Getting Better Foundation, a 501-c-3 public charity. Our mission is to build trust using the truth. Our greatest need is funding for educational materials for schools and communities. If you’d like to help, you may donate here.
MICHAEL R. MARTIN
Michael R. Martin, a versatile singer/songwriter/musician, is no stranger to musical success. His song “Old Fashioned Love” soared to Number 1 on the Country charts for The Kendalls, and before long his rich baritone and Msizzling guitar earned him a major label deal with Atlantic Records as Martin Delray. National attention followed right out of the chute, as his debut, a rollicking cover of Johnny Cash’s “Get Rhythm,” featured audio and video contributions from the Man In Black himself.
Other highlights for the Arkansas native and Marine Corps vet include the popular video “Lillie’s White Lies,” which was CMT’s most requested for two consecutive weeks, and his 2014 induction, along with Stonewall Jackson and Randy Travis, into the George D. Hay Country Music Hall of Fame.
DEBBI BLACKWELL-COOK is an actress and singer whose experience spans years and the globe including stage performances on Broadway and at Washington, DC’s John F. Kennedy Center For The Performing Arts. Debbi has serenaded the late Pope John Paul in Vatican City, Rome, sung backup vocals for Michael Buble, and sung alongside r-n-b crooner Luther Vandross and smooth jazz artist Will Downing before they were spotlighted as solo performers in their own right. Debbi has garnered coveted multiple New York City AUDELCO and received the AUDELCO award for Best Actress in James Weldon Johnson’s GOD’S TROMBONES. Debbi has also performed on the acclaimed television sitcoms A DIFFERENT WORLD and SISTER, SISTER as well as the PBS specials A QUESTION OF COLOR and as Juniper in MY OWN TV. 2010 presented an addition to Debbi’s project repertoire when she sang at the wedding of Phil Collen, lead guitarist Def Leppard/Manraze & her god-daughter, New York costume designer/photographer Helen Simmons. Phil and Debbi began singing and performing locally in southern California including a rousing performance at Gerson’s Institute in San Diego. The public request for more music was enthusiastic and instantaneous. Debbi made her debut with Phil on Manraze’s 2012 single Take On The World, theme song for film director Mark Sloper’s documentary ‘I, Superbiker: The Showdown’. Debbi continued to record with Manraze and is featured on 2 out of 3 songs on the supergroup’s 2013 EP titled ‘I SURRENDER’. The public’s demand for more music from Debbi and Phil has resulted in an extreme blues project titled ‘DELTA DEEP’ which consists of Phil and Debbi’s soulful vocals and harmonies intertwined in Delta blues melodies. ‘DELTA DEEP’ was released as a self titled album in 2014 and followed with club tours and festivals.
Piano and Production
Keyboardist Scott Wilkie began playing piano at age 6 in his hometown of Detroit, Michigan. After college, he moved to southern California, where he has produced eight critically-acclaimed albums. His latest release ‘Brasil’… a collaboration with bass legend Jimmy Haslip, was named one of JAZZIZ Magazine’s Best of 2019. Known for his fiery live performances, Scott has toured extensively throughout the US, Europe, Asia and Latin America.
Jeff Olson has been described as, “a musician whose instrument just happens to be the drums”. Known particularly for his stylistic versatility, Jeff has performed in many genres with artists such as David Garfield, Scott Wilkie, David Benoit, Tim Weisberg, Peter Tork, and many others. His playing can also be heard on numerous CDs, TV shows and movie soundtracks. As a freelance artist and studio musician, Jeff is sought after for his compelling focus on time and groove.
Nathan Brown is a bass guitarist originating from Detroit, MI, now residing and operating out of southern California. A longtime member of the Scott Wilkie band, he also tours with many jazz and blues artists including Coco Montoya, Brian Simpson, Patrick Yandall and many others and serves as a bass player for The Rock Church in San Diego.
Rob Rinderer is a producer, songwriter, keyboardist and vocalist who has worked with a wide range of artists including Billy Preston, Bobby Kimball (Toto), Brian Bromberg, Rick Springfield, Bill Champlin (Chicago), Crystal Lewis, Steve Augeri and many others. As a producer Rob enjoys putting on different hats and fulfilling the vision of the artist or project that he is working on. A few years ago he produced the music score to Harvest Films’ movie “Hope For Hurting Hearts.” Rob’s focus in this score was to cut to the emotion of each scene; often heart-wrenching, but with an undercurrent of hope. In the songwriting arena, Rob seeks to write music that inspires, that makes the listener feel something. He has had 3 co-writing credits with Bryan Duncan and Rick Thomson on the Sweet Comfort Band CD “The Waiting Is Over”. Songs of Rob’s have also been featured on the tv shows Bones, Pretty Little Liars, Boardwalk Empire and others. Rob has also written music for other projects as well as for his original band The Rob Rinderer Project and for Ten By Tuesday-a project that was a partnership between himself and Matt Bissonette (Elton John’s bass player). Rob has also functioned as Music Director for Bobby Kimball’s band and was Music Director at Coast Hills Community Church for 18 years and is currently Music Director at Calvary Chapel Tustin. As a keyboardist Rob’s focus is on authenticity, improvisation and emotion. He puts these skills to use whether he is playing rock, jazz or any other style. Through all of these areas, Rob feels fortunate to be able to make a living as a musician doing what he loves. He lives in Rancho Santa Margarita, Ca with his wife Carrie, who is also a musician. They are blessed to be able to work on many music projects together.
Megan Hook is a singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and teacher who performs and teaches in Los Angeles. Megan graduated cum laude with a degree in Classical Music from Ithaca College. She has sung opera professionally and is a singer/songwriter recording under the name “The Bright Forever.” Megan is also a nationally certified mindfulness teacher, as well as a yoga teacher, and sound bath facilitator. She is currently in the studio recording an album of yoga mantras. As a professional Teaching Artist, Megan has partnered with LA Opera, LA Arts Group, The Music Center Of Los Angeles and Segerstrom Center for the Arts, in the OC. Megan teaches singing, piano, guitar, and ukulele privately in the LA area. She is a member of NATS (The National Association of Teachers of Singing) and ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers).
Ryan Taubert is an American born producer and composer whose music has featured in film, tv, advertising and recording artist’s work. Taubert is based out of Los Angeles California where through his company, ‘Endeavor Music’, he has composed tracks for a variety of projects including ‘Adidas’, ‘Audi’, ‘Red Bull’, ‘Microsoft’ and more.
By Rosemary Smith, Managing Director of Getting Better Foundation
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