Rewind To Fast-Forward
Director Sasha Joseph Neulinger spent his childhood in front of a camera. His father Henry, also a documentary filmmaker, shot over two hundred hours of home video capturing every aspect of Sasha’s young life. But within the footage of birthday parties, family trips, and hockey games, something dark was hidden. Sasha revisits his father’s videos and the painful secret of his early years—a secret that would shift the course of his life.
Between the ages of three and seven, Sasha was sexually abused by two of his uncles and one male cousin. After Sasha came forward and spoke up about the abuse, his father Henry shared a secret of his own. Henry’s brothers, the same men who had abused Sasha, had also abused Henry as a boy. Sasha spent a decade entangled in the criminal justice system—and struggling to find his identity in the aftermath of his stolen childhood. This autobiographical film will unearth a historical case of multigenerational sexual abuse and by doing so, it will also give intimate and inspiring insight into one survivor’s healing process.
From the Director
In my first feature length documentary, I will share my experience of overcoming child sexual abuse, a journey from victim to survivor. My goal is to shed light on what it is to be a child abuse victim—from the first moment of abuse, through the process of reclaiming and rebalancing life. I want to expose the causes underlying the destructive multigenerational cycle of child abuse in my own family. And I hope that as I share my story as a case study, we can have a more open conversation about the importance of an uninterrupted healing process for child victims and reduce the numbers of children who are abused.
Rewind To Fast-Forward is joining experts and organizations in a conversation about how we can prevent child abuse and help adult survivors reclaim balance and stability in their lives. Experts closely involved with Sasha’s case co-founded Mission Kids Child Advocacy Center in Pennsylvania. Their goal is to prevent other children from having to go through the same brutal experience of reliving abuse over and over in the courtroom.
Mission Kids provides a quiet, safe and kid friendly space for children to testify in front of HD cameras and high quality audio recording devices. The testimonies compiled at Mission Kids are then used in prosecution so that the child never have has to enter a courtroom. Sasha hopes that someday in the future, every community will have an organization like Mission Kids.
Telling the story of multigenerational abuse
We have a visual archive not available to most documentary filmmakers-—more than two hundred hours of home video from Sasha’s childhood. Those tapes contain footage from before his abuse, Sasha with his abusers before he had the courage to speak up, during years of trials, and into his adolescence.
We’ll also be conducting interviews with all of the professionals who worked tirelessly on Sasha’s case which eventually reached the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Experts will include the District Attorney, the Senior Detective, and the psychiatrist who treated Sasha for the ten years he spent in and out of courtrooms. All of these elements will help us explore the many sides of a complex multigenerational story.
How does Kickstarter work?
Kickstarter is a funding platform dedicated to making creative projects possible with direct support. When you back our project, you’re saying that this is a film you want made. We’ve chosen Kickstarter because it’s designed to make donating as convenient as possible. Here’s how it works: We set a funding goal. Our supporters make pledges. If we reach our goal, your pledge will be processed by Kickstarter, and we can get to work. If we don’t reach our goal, our supporters will not be charged for their pledge. It’s all or nothing.
So far, we’ve digitized and cataloged more than 200 hours of home video and completed 20 days of production following Sasha as he addresses the past. To finish the film, we need three more weeks of field production so that we can interview key players in Sasha’s young life including his child psychiatrist, his legal team and family members. Then we’ll be ready to put it all together: log our new footage, hire an editor, score and color correct the project, and get the finished film ready for its audience (you!!).
With thousands of hours of donated time and a deep rooted passion to tell this story, the making of Rewind To Fast-Forward is well underway. We have digitized over 200 hours of home video, shot a third of the film and we aren’t stopping until it’s complete.
It’s impossible to express what support for a project like this means and what a difference it will make out in the real world. But we hope that the reward packages we’ve put together will give you an idea of how grateful we are that you’ve joined our team. Check out the full description of rewards on the right and see pictures of the packages below.
1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually abused by the age of 18. - National Sexual Violence Resource Center
Facts, Myths, & Statistics - National Sex Offender Public Website
Resources We Love
For adult males who have experienced sexual abuse as a child –www.1in6.org
For any adult who was abused as a child –www.rainn.org
For parents of a childhood sexual abuse victim –www.d2l.org
Mission Kids offers a comprehensive, centrally located, multidisciplinary team response to allegations of child abuse in Montgomery County, PA –www.missionkidscac.org
National Sex Offender Public Website - http://www.nsopr.gov/
Child Help National Child Abuse Hotline
By phone: (800) 4-A-CHILD
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
By phone: (800) 843-5678. Available 24 hours a day. This toll-free line is for reporting any information about missing or sexually exploited children to the police. This number is available throughout the United States, Mexico, and Canada. The TDD Hotline is
National Center for Victims of CrimeBy phone: (800) 394-2255. Toll-free helpline offers supportive counseling, practical information about crime and victimization, and referrals to local community resources, as well as skilled advocacy in the criminal justice and social services.
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge we currently face is financial, which is why we are we are here on Kickstarter. Once we meet our funding goal, we will schedule a three week block to finish filming in Pennsylvania. Then post production can kick into high gear. With years of experience, a well rounded team, and a story that needs to be told, the Rewind To Fast-Forward crew is ready to go.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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