At Graceful Light Entertainment, our mission is to shine a graceful light on dark places. Our goal is to uncover the difficult topics – the ugly truths no one wants to talk about – and get people talking. In fact, our hope is that those discussions turn into full-on movements for social change. We harness the power of exceptional art (including video, music and film) to inspire hope, create awareness of critical human issues and, ultimately, compel positive social action. Sparking positive social action is how society (and the world) heals.
We helped shine a graceful light on campus rape when our founder, Paul Blavin, became Executive Producer for The Hunting Ground (#thehuntingground) documentary. This film, from Amy Ziering and Kirby Dick, is a shocking exposé of sexual assault on U.S. campuses rife with institutional cover-ups and the brutal social toll rape takes both on victims and their families. The film follows rape survivors as they continue their college studies in the face of harassment and pushback.
Paul is also the Executive Producer of the film’s theme song and accompanying video – “Til It Happens to You” (#TIHTY). This moving Grammy-and-Oscar-nominated original song was written by Lady Gaga and Diane Warren and performed by Lady Gaga. The song has truly touched the hearts of survivors and their supporters worldwide and the video has exceeded 28 million views to date.
As we had hoped and intended, The Hunting Ground and Til it Happens to You has the world talking. The Hunting Ground Australia Project is using the film to engage Australian universities, and the broader community, in a unified campaign around sexual violence on Australian university campuses. Our hope is that this film’s message, and it’s growing social movement, spreads like wildfire all over the world. Only then will we have truly succeeded in our goal to create positive social change.
As a society, we have to start talking about the difficult topics. We have to stop avoiding the pain and ugliness that exists in the world so that we can shift things. We have to shine a light on the dark places so we can help people heal. Helping expose the truth about campus rape is just the beginning for us. We will continue our mission to use art to create awareness around critical human issues.