Invisible Fight is part documentary and part fictional film, with the focus on highlighting the stupidity and injustice of victim blaming. First-person testimonials of actual survivors of sexual assault are combined with vignettes depicting real world scenarios of assault, where fictional victims speak out.
We researched the topic of sexual assault on college and university campuses. We received several local professionals, including attorneys, law enforcements officers, victim rights advocates and teachers, in class and learned from their experiences.
We pre-produced our film based on a poem entitled Don’t Rape Me. Ours is not a documentary but a narrative film with several lifelike vignettes focused against victim blaming. Also in the fall of 2012, we hosted a Title IX, two-day, event along with our department of student affairs. Guests from the Clery Center, including Allison Kiss, visited classes, and advised and consulted with our human resources people and Title IX officers. We hosted an evening public event with over two hundred people in attendance including about 90% of all student athletes, coaches and many administrators. Survivor, Laura Dunn, was the keynote speaker of this powerful event.
The Pact 5 organization has given me the opportunity to use my voice through film to create change in the world surrounding the topic of sexual assault. I have always had a voice, but this opportunity gave me a microphone.
I joined this project, not only to learn more about film, but also to become a part of this important issue. Film can make an impact on people and this issue is one that I have seen affect my friends and that needs to be addressed. Ending sexual assault is important and victims need to be heard. It needs to be stopped.
I became intimately aware of the horrors of sexual abuse when I was just four years old. The few months of continual abuse tore my life in two separate pieces; the one that would stay in that room for the rest of my life, and the one that would grow, and change, and try to learn how to overcome. The opportunity to work on the Pact 5 project fits in so perfectly with my desire to educate, to inspire, and to turn victims to victors. Changing rape and abuse culture is a societal change before anything else. I have made it my life's purpose to effect that change, and this has been an amazing opportunity to work with others who share that purpose, and to hopefully produce some of the first pieces of film and literature that will grow this movement.
Jack Lucido teaches film studies, production, producing, and screenwriting. He is currently working on his documentary, Across the Fence, which focuses on sustainability in ranching. His recent short film Chill Out won the National Wildlife Federation’s “Chill Out: Climate Action on Campus Video Award” in 2010. In 2006, Jackson Sandwich, his documentary about his son’s autism spectrum disorder, was awarded the prestigious Cine Golden Eagle and has been broadcast on Public Television. He received an Emmy nomination, in 2000, for a documentary on engineering wonders along Northern California’s Redwood Coast