Trust

Trust

Will Cameron (Clive Owen) and Lynn Cameron (Catherine Keener) in TRUST, a film directed by David Schwimmer.. Photo credit: Charles S. Hodes, courtesy of Millennium Entertainment.

Trust (2010/2011)

Opened: 04/01/2011 Limited

Limited04/01/2011
Laemmle's Play...04/01/2011 - 04/07/20117 days
AMC Empire 2504/01/2011 - 04/07/20117 days
DVD07/26/2011

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Genre: Drama

Rated: R for disturbing material involving the rape of a teen, language, sexual content and some violence.

Synopsis

Safe and sound in their suburban home, Will and Lynn Cameron used to sleep well at night, trusting their children were protected. Will, in particular, was comforted by the fact that he and Lynn raised three bright children, and that once the doors were locked and the alarm was set, nothing--absolutely nothing--was going to harm his family.

When his 14-year-old daughter, Annie, made a new friend online--a 16-year-old boy named Charlie whom she met in a volleyball chat room--Will and Lynn didn't think much of it. They discussed his friendship with her, assuming that this is normal with teenagers who connect through the Internet.

After weeks of communicating online, Annie becomes enraptured by Charlie and finds herself drawn to him more and more. Slowly, she learns he is not who he claims to be; yet, Annie remains intrigued by Charlie even as the truth about him is uncovered. The devastating revelation reverberates through her entire family, setting in motion a chain of events that forever change their lives in ways that no one could have ever predicted.

Directed by David Schwimmer, Trust stars Academy Award®-nominees Clive Owen and Catherine Keener, newcomer Liana Liberato, Jason Clarke, Chris Henry Coffey, Joe Sikora and Spencer Curnutt, with Noah Emmerich and Academy Award®-nominee Viola Davis. The film was written by Andy Bellin and Robert Festinger and produced by Tom Hodges, Ed Cathell III, Dana Golomb, David Schwimmer, Robert Greenhut and Heidi Jo Markel. The film was executive produced by Avi Lerner, Danny Dimbort, Trevor Short, Boaz Davidson and John Thompson.

The Inspiration Behind Trust

As a member of the Board of Directors of the Rape Foundation in Santa Monica, California, David Schwimmer has been supporting their work at the Rape Treatment Center for over ten years. Much of his participation has been fundraising, promoting awareness, prevention and education as well as acting in and directing several television spots for the organization. He has met many victims and their families, and has heard many stories, but a few years ago one particular father's account stood out for him and inspired the actor/director to create a film about online predators in today's internet age.

He explains, "One of our invited speakers was a father from the community who spoke about the process of coming to terms with his daughter being groomed, and subsequently raped, by an internet predator. He described his conflicting feelings of guilt, rage, pain, impotence and responsibility and how it nearly destroyed him and his family. His incredibly frank and revealing story profoundly affected me, and I realized then that I had found an unusual path into dramatizing this delicate and difficult subject matter in a way that everyone can relate to."

Producer Tom Hodges, who has partnered with Schwimmer for almost ten years in their joint venture Dark Harbor Stories, reveals, "I've known David for 25 years and what a lot of people don't know is he is a fantastic storyteller. Even though people associate him with comedy, he can handle drama just as easily. After all, he has been directing theater for twenty years with his Lookingglass Theatre Company in Chicago."

He continues, "David is looking for stories that challenge him and the audience. He's looking for stories that do more than entertain--he's drawn to stories that ask questions, that make you think; that maybe will even inspire people to take action."

Once Schwimmer decided he wanted to direct this particular story as a feature film, it became a project that he and Hodges developed under their Dark Harbor Stories banner.

Schwimmer enlisted the help of his long-time buddy Andy Bellin, who published the novel Poker Nation some years ago, to write the screenplay about the internet grooming of underage children and its threat to today's families.

Regarding their collaboration, co-screenwriter Bellin allows, "David was a huge, integral part in the writing process. He took me to a benefit for the Rape Treatment Center to help me understand his passion for this organization and the work that they do--particularly with children who have been victimized."

He continues, "Our hope is that this movie starts a dialogue for parents and their children about internet safety; and how sometimes the internet can be the 'scary uncle' that no one wants to acknowledge."

After seven years of developing the story, Schwimmer shot Trust over 29 days in late 2009 on location in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

 

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