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"Spotlight" Community Screening & Panel Discussion

  • Dryden Theatre at the George Eastman Museum 900 East Avenue Rochester, NY, 14607 United States (map)

Bivona Child Advocacy Center, in partnership with the George Eastman Museum, presents a special screening of the 2016 Academy Award winner for Best Picture "Spotlight", starring George Eastman Award winner Michael Keaton. A reception with light refreshments will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Curtis Theatre and a panel discussion will be immediately follow the movie screening.

  • 5 p.m. - Reception with light hors d'oeurvres
  • 6 - 8 p.m. - Movie screening
  • 8 - 9 p.m. - Panel discussion

Please join us after the movie for a panel discussion focusing on the broader issue of child abuse and the need to break through the secrecy that surrounds it.  By hearing from professionals addressing child abuse in our community, attendees will gain a deeper understanding about child abuse and the role they can play in the effort to end this abuse. The panel discussion will be moderated by Todd Butler, President & CEO of Causewave Community Partners. See Todd's full bio below.

Tickets are available for $10 and include light refreshments prior to the movie screening, admittance to the movie, and admittance to the panel discussion. Free parking is available.

*Note: If you are attending Bivona's Child Abuse Summit (April 27-28), you will be receiving a special invitation to sign up for this event at no cost. 

Todd Butler became the President & CEO of Causewave Community Partners in 2005 (then known as The Advertising Council of Rochester). In this role, he leads the organization's team of dedicated professionals in their work of driving positive change with nonprofit organizations and the community as a whole. Since 2013, he has been directly involved in the creation of the Be Brave for Kids initiative which -- in partnership with Bivona Child Advocacy Center, Child Protective Services and a wide variety of schools, local businesses and nonprofits -- has worked to raise awareness of child sexual abuse and help adults take action to protect children. Todd is currently an adjunct professor at RIT and Roberts Wesleyan College. He and his wife Andrea have three children and live in Greece.


Directed by Tom McCarthy
(US/Canada 2015, 128 min. DCP)

Under the direction of new editor Marty Baron (Live Schreiber), the Boston Globe’s elite investigative team, known as Spotlight, is tasked with delving into decades’ worth of child-abuse claims against the Catholic Church. Led by Walter “Robby” Robinson (Michael Keaton), the journalists begin to uncover a massive scandal involving sexual abuse and the willful ignorance perpetrated by the Church within the city of Boston. Facing political opposition and resistance from the far-reaching influence of the Church, the reporters put together an explosive exposé on a corrupt system. Based on the true events of the 2002 investigation by the Globe, the star-studded Spotlight also features Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, John Slattery, Billy Crudup, and Stanley Tucci.

Learn more about "Spotlight" by visiting the official movie website. A link is below.

Earlier Event: April 1
April is #ChildAbusePrevention Month
Later Event: April 19
Stewards of Children FREE workshops