SAVE THE DATE!  Join us on Sunday, September 16, 2018 at The Port Theater for an exclusive screening of the documentary Me Facing Life: Cyntoia’s Story followed by a talk and Q+A with award-winning filmmaker and producer, Dan Birman.

Me Facing Life: Cyntoia’s Story is a documentary film that follows the case of Cyntoia Brown, a sex trafficking victim who was sentenced to life in prison at the age of 16 for killing a man who solicited her for sex. The documentary explores how social determinants such as poverty, violence, and substance abuse contributed to Cyntoia’s situation. 

This film spurred a national conversation about the need to change sentencing laws in America, particularly in Tennessee where the crime took place. New developments concerning Cyntoia’s sentencing are occurring throughout 2018. Filmmaker and producer Dan Birman will share highlights of how his film impacted the legal system’s approach to sentencing children and caused national attention in 2017. Read more from NYTimes, NPR or CNN

In Orange County there were 284 known victims of sex and human trafficking in 2016, 92% of whom were female. 

Additional details to come!

Sponsorship opportunities are available.  For more information contact, Sydney Minchin, OCWHP Project Coordinator, at or (714) 619-8419. 

Dan Birman is an award-winning documentary producer and a Professor of Professional Practice at USC’s Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism.

Dan Birman spent six years producing and directing the world-acclaimed documentary Me Facing Life: Cyntoia’s Story, which aired on PBS’s Independent Lens.

Birman recently completed The Earliest Americans for the digital streaming service, CuriosityStream, as well as The Hunt for Dark Matter and Conscious Capitalism, also for Curiosity. Prior, he produced a series of digital shorts, Sentencing Children, for Independent Lens and The Tennessean, excerpted from an upcoming documentary about the fight to change juvenile sentencing laws in Tennessee. 

He also produced a feature documentary about legendary aviator, Bob Hoover. Perfecting Flight, narrated by Harrison Ford, is about Hoover’s dynamic career spanning WWII to the present. Birman contributed to The Big Bang Machine, a special for Nova on PBS, about one of the greatest scientific discoveries in modern times, the Higgs boson. The tiny particle explains how the universe was formed.