Audience Reaction

When I saw The Line, it hit me in that very way. It haunted me for awhile, what happened to you…what happens to people everyday…to people in the military. I want to be part of the solution.
Sargeant, Long Beach California

Nancy came to campus and facilitated a discussion, and weeks after the event students come up to me and tell me how much it impacted them. Nancy was a hit!
Katie Kita
, student organizer Hunter College

The Line is a critical tool for igniting dialogue about sexual assault, consent and healthy sexual behavior for college students. Thought-provoking, nonjudgmental and hard-hitting, no student can watch this film and not think critically about their behavior.

Brett A. Sokolow, Esq. Founder of National Council on Higher Education Risk Management (NCHERM)

Nancy Schwartzman has created a rare film that allows the viewer to explore their beliefs and biases as well as their own victimization — and potential offending — through her experience with sexual assault. We hosted a screening of The Line where Nancy introduced the film and facilitated a provocative and important conversation about sexual assault and consent. I strongly recommend it to any community or organization seeking to raise awareness of this issue.
Jennifer Long, Director, AEquitas, the Prosecutors Resource on Violence Against Women

Nancy Schwartzman has made a brave, honest and gripping film. A must see for boys and men, empowering for girls and women — this film will make a huge impact on the lives of many. “The Line” is a critically important visual essay.
Byron Hurt, Filmmaker, Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats & Rhymes

“The Line” went over well with our junior high school students. The video plants so many great conversation seeds. Many students gained a holistic view about how important it is to define and communicate one’s line as well as inquire about and listen to your partner’s line. I really like “the line” verbiage – it is a more concrete way to explain it to high school students for an issue that is anything but concrete.
Kate Jones MSW, LCSW, Director of Counseling, Lake Forest Academy

“The Line” is one of the best films I have ever seen on the topic of sexual violence and sexual assault. This film is a MUST HAVE for the advocate’s toolbox!
P. Kenna Grant
, Director of Health Education and The Women & Gender Resource Center, The University of Hartford

I’ve always been as respectful to women as I can, but the film actually made me think about where the line really is.

Male Student, Rutgers University

Often conversations about sexual consent – crossing the line – are abstract and bloodless – and therefore, often dishonest. By fearlessly examining her own experience, Nancy Schwartzman opens the door to a far more honest conversation. This is one brave film!

Dr. Michael Kimmel, Author of Guyland

I wish I’d had “The Line” when I was doing prevention education with students at Montana State University. It really gets to the heart of what we need to talk about with college students. It’s what I was always looking for to be able to start honest, relevant discussions about what consent really is and what sexual assault looks like in real situations. It is an amazing tool for all of us trying to raise awareness, effectively educate, and finally end sexual violence.
Erin Jemison, MPA Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault

So today was my last day of women studies at Colgate. My friend brought up how she loved all the outside events at Colgate and how they were a major contribution to her education. She talked a lot about The Line and how valuable your visit was to her education.
Liz
, student at Colgate College

“The Line” raises crucial questions about sexual safety and pleasure as we navigate our hook-ups, fuck buddy choices, and longer-term relationships. Filmmaker Nancy Schwartzman blazes a brave trail, encouraging us to talk more openly and to think more clearly about how, where, and why we draw our personal lines of sexual consent.
Dr. Shira Tarrant, Editor, Men Speak Out: Views on Gender, Sex and Power

“The Line” explores sexual violence from a human-rights based framework, and is told with sensitivity and honesty that we don’t often see. It is that rare personal film that truly becomes universal… I don’t think anyone can see this film and not ask themselves: have I ever crossed the line? Or let someone cross it?
Andrea Holley, Deputy Director, Human Rights Watch International Film Festival

“The Line” provokes critical debate about what constitutes consent. The film moves us away from outdated notions of rape as simply an assertion of power so that we can have a more nuanced discussion about sexual assault as a consequence of masculine entitlement. I plan to show “The Line” in my own classes.
Dr. Nicholas L. Syrett, Assistant Professor of History, University of Northern Colorado, and author of The Company He Keeps: A History of White College Fraternities

Nancy, when you came to our program you were inspirational and touched us. We enjoyed “The Line” because it was real, it made sense, and nothing was sugar coated. It was courageous.
Relationship Abuse Prevention Program Teen Peer Leaders, Harlem

“The Line” is a smart, poignant documentary, it successfully blends and presents complex layers of sexual violence. It provides the viewer with a personal connection to surviving rape and a lens to critically think about our beliefs about gender and sexual violence. As an educator on sexual violence prevention, it would be an honor to show Nancy’s work and her story to our campus.
Jill Lipski Cain, The Aurora Center for Advocacy and Education, Minneapolis, MN