July 21

1091 Pictures will distribute “Sextortion: The Hidden Pandemic” Globally This Fall

Investigative Documentary “Sextortion: the Hidden Pandemic” Will Be Released to Global TVOD/Digital Audiences on October 4th Following an Educational Theatrical Tour this Summer.

(Los Angeles, CA) 1091 Pictures will distribute Auroris Media’s powerful and timely feature documentary “Sextortion: The Hidden Pandemic” from filmmaker Maria Peek (“I Dream of Dance,” “Third Grade”) across all TVOD/Digital platforms globally beginning on October 4th, 2022. 

Auroris Media is launching a national educational screening tour to help save the next child from this fastest growing global crime (current breaking news on this tragic crime in recent days include California, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Australia on CNN, ABC News, etc.).  The screening tour will include Q&A with the filmmakers and expert panels aimed at education and prevention. 

The screening series begins August 2022 with the internationally known Crimes Against Children Conference in Dallas. The film will screen at USC Cinema Arts in  Los Angeles on Sept 15, as well as New York City, Philadelphia, Boston, Washington DC, Atlanta, Nashville, Knoxville, Norfolk, Miami, Denver, Chicago, Detroit, San Francisco, Phoenix, Ottawa and Vancouver among many others.   

The film will also screen for lawmakers in Washington D.C.  and Brussels, Belgium this fall.

To find out screening dates/cities go to: https://www.SextortionFilm.com

About the Film:

“Sextortion: The Hidden Pandemic,” whichmade its premiere at this year’s Santa Barbara International Film Festival as part of the Social Justice Feature Documentaries, tackles a disturbing yet timely subject matter, and is an investigation into the world of online grooming and sextortion—a present-day reality for many children online. 

Through partnerships with the Department of Justice and Homeland Security, the filmmaking team had unique unrestricted access to all government documents for an international sextortion case of a Top Gun pilot with hundreds of victims, unsealed for this film for the very first time. 

By interviewing survivors and their parents, this true crime piece exposes this fastest growing crime against children, the tactics of online predators, and the voices of parents and law enforcement poised to stop online child exploitation in its tracks. 

Through interviews with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), Sextortion: The Hidden Pandemic shows the scale of online enticement and exploitation of children– and what we can do to stop it.  

The filmmakers created an online educational curriculum in partnership with NCMEC, which is available at https://www.missingkids.org/netsmartz. Curriculum is available free of charge to educators, parents, federal agents and police departments, and is age-appropriate for middle and high school students. 

Sextortion: The Hidden Pandemic  is the hardest documentary I have ever made. The extremely disturbing subject matter, combined with the challenges of filming during the pandemic made making this film almost an impossible task. The stories of survivors have opened my eyes to the severity and cruelty of this crime, especially the psychological long-term effects on the children and their futures. It is my hope that in the same way, the eyes of the viewers will be opened – and awareness, education and civil action will become the result of this film. We simply cannot allow this to go on,” states director Maria Peek.

“Sextortion: The Hidden Pandemic” is an Auroris Media production, and is directed & edited by Maria Peek, and produced by Maria Peek, p.g.a. & Stephen Peek, p.g.a. (“Unacknowledged”, “I Dream of Dance”), with cinematography by Stephen Peek and music by Jake Hull (“Odyssey: A Star Wars Story,” “I Dream of Dance”).

About Auroris Media:
Auroris Media is an award-winning film and television production company founded in 2003. They have been telling stories across the globe for 18 years. Auroris docu-series and feature documentaries have aired on NetflixAmazon Prime,  HuluNBC and Discovery+ among others. https://auroris.tv/