LAUNCHING A PELOTON OF ONE
Late in the fall of 2018, Dave Ohlmuller conducted a solo bike ride from Chicago, IL, to New York, NY. Sexually abused at 12 years old by a priest in his New Jersey parish, Dave rode to inspire other Childhood Sexual Abuse (CSA) Survivors to come forward and tell their own stories.
RESTORING OUR YOUTH
Dave also rode to generate awareness of the daunting legal and political obstacles CSA Survivors face after they come forward and attempt to seek justice for the heinous crimes committed to them in their youth.
THE BRAVE SURVIVORS AND ADVOCATES
Along the way, Dave met an incredible array of Survivors and Advocates who are also going to extremes for the CSA cause. These Survivors included victims from the sports arena and the music industry; a former priest who was abused while studying at the seminary; a former police officer and grieving father of a CSA victim who committed suicide because he was unable to live with the psychological trauma of his abuse; and one of the youngest and most vocal advocates, a teenager from Pennsylvania.
We also spoke with lawyers, politicians, and other advocates in Illinois, Indiana, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York. They all agree that, while there have been great strides recently in the fight for CSA Survivors’ rights (e.g., the 2019 NY Child Victim’s Act), this battle has just begun. Though make no doubt about it, JUSTICE IS COMING.
Another inspirational aspect of this journey is the number of good people we met along the way who did not know much about the issue of Childhood Sexual Abuse and are now part of the movement. These new advocates include friends from high school, cycling enthusiasts who joined us on our ride, bike shop owners, and the restaurant managers / wait staff whose warmth and kindness helped keep our spirits high.
OUR KICKSTARTER PLEA FOR FINISHING FUNDS
To date, we have conducted successful fundraising events and online programs that have allowed us to complete Principal Photography, highlighted by the two-week long cycling journey from Chicago to New York. We are conducting this Kickstarter Campaign to obtain the finishing funds to complete this film. The completion process includes editing, graphic effects, music/score, etc.
PLEASE JOIN OUR PELOTON OF ONE
We thank you, all, for your contributions and constant encouragement. And for those of you who have not yet engaged in the movement, we welcome you to join our PELOTON OF ONE. We are one mind, one spirit dedicated to help the millions of Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse across our country through the magnifying power that is documentary filmmaking.
For more information on our journey, including more on all our talented crew of filmmakers who have worked tirelessly on this project, please visit our website: https://apelotonofonefilm.com/
STEVEN E. MALLORCA, CO-DIRECTOR
Steve is an award-winning filmmaker who graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He has directed a large body of work that spans across narrative, documentary, commercial, corporate, and music video film fronts. His debut feature film Slow Jam King (2005 San Francisco International Asian American FF, Opening Night - San Jose), won Asian Cinevision’s Emerging Director Award, and was picked up for distribution by Unitel Pictures International (Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros, Imelda). The New York Times hailed Slow Jam King as “Do it yourself filmmaking at its purest… with spirited characters and high levels of comic energy.” Steve’s second feature film screenplay, Alternate Side, was a finalist for the 2008 IFP Emerging Narrative Screenplay. Steve also served as the Director of Photography and Editor of the 2015 lacrosse documentary, The Lost Trophy, which was picked up by ESPN and had multiple airdates on ESPNU.
JOE CAPOZZI, CO-EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Joe is an Actor, Writer, and Producer, starring in cinematic short films like Confession and I Like Crazy produced through his production company, Starr Films. Joe came forward about his abuse in 2005 and has applied his creative talents into his advocacy work by writing, producing and acting in the acclaimed off-Broadway play, For Pete’s Sake, a dark comedy based on his personal account of sexual abuse while a teenager and the on-going effect this harrowing experience has had on his life. The play has been used as a healing and educational tool to raise awareness about the impact of CSA.
JOHN C. BERNARDO, CO-DIRECTOR / CO-EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
John is a 20+ year veteran of the Advertising/Marketing industry who specializes in producing Branded Content docu-series: e.g., Brotherhood that aired on the Esquire Network, starring Jason Sudeikis (actor, Saturday Night Live, Horrible Bosses), Brandon Boyd (lead singer for the rock band, Incubus), and Jon Batiste (musical director for the Late Show with Stephen Colbert); and Single Stories that aired on Sundance TV, starring Bryan Cranston (actor, Breaking Bad, LBJ) and Ed Burns (actor/director, The Brothers McMullen, She’s the One). He is adept at working both the business and creative sides of film/video projects as both a campaign strategist and a copy/script writer. He loves to connect passionate, advocacy-driving audiences with topical, emotion-stirring content in the right environment at the right moment in time/history. He has successfully done so for brands such as Jameson Whiskey and Sprint Telcom in media environments such as ESPN and NBCU.
Risks and challenges
The main challenge of this project was the uncomfortable nature, the unsettling taboo surrounding the issue of Childhood Sexual Abuse (CSA). It has been and continues to be a difficult topic to discuss with other filmmakers and possible distribution partners.
This also made it difficult to promote and gain traction/buzz. Organizing fundraising proved challenging as well, as we had to be particular with our language. Do we just use Child Abuse as our topic, leaving out "Sexual"? Can we talk about the involvement of religious institutions without alienating that constituency? This heightened sensitivity was especially true a year ago as we began production.
But what a difference a year makes. With the Larry Nassar/US Gymnastics verdict rendered, with the Pope finally acknowledging this pervasive epidemic after 100s of Catholic priest were indicted, and with more and more shocking CSA stories coming from across the country from Hollywood to DC, the times are indeed changing.
With this recent wave of topical news, the sense of urgency and sympathy for our cause have elevated. We are finally able to be clear that this documentary is about CHILDHOOD SEXUAL ABUSE. We are able to communicate that support for changes to CSA laws and support for religious, athletic, and educational institutions are not binary ideals. There is an understanding that you could support both CSA Statute of Limitations reform AND support the Catholic church.
We are more confident than ever that the time is now for a film of this import, for a film with this gravity, for a film that tackles this uncomfortable issue of Childhood Sexual Abuse, all in an effort to help CSA Survivors obtain the justice and peace of mind they so richly deserve.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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