The Mask You Live In – Coming in 2014
From the director of Miss Representation – an exploration of American masculinity.
Compared to girls, research shows that boys in the U.S. are more likely to be diagnosed with a behavior disorder, prescribed stimulant medications, fail out of school, binge drink, commit a violent crime, and/or take their own lives.
Jennifer Siebel Newsom’s new documentary film, The Mask You Live In, asks: As a society, how are we failing our boys?
The Mask You Live In documentary will examine how gender stereotypes are interconnected with race, class, and circumstance, and how kids are further influenced by the education system, sports culture, and mass media- video games and pornography in particular. The film also highlights the importance of placing emphasis on the social and emotional needs of boys through healthy family communication, alternative teaching strategies, conscious media consumption, positive role modeling and innovative mentorship programs.
The 75 minute film will feature powerful interviews with popular thought leaders and celebrities as well as academics and experts in neuroscience, biology, psychology, anthropology, sociology, ethics, education, sports, media, and history. Shot in a style consistent with Miss Representation, these white backdrop interviews will anchor the film’s messaging while emotional vignettes showcase a wide range of life experiences and perspectives from boys and men who are struggling with different issues related to masculinity.