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*UPDATE* “Exposed to the Light” An invitation to view our short film

October 1, 2020


“This film reflects a part of my truth and pain, of your pain and of humanity’s pain. Sharing this project first with small groups of family and friends feels natural in many ways.
– Ashley Watts, LMT


UPDATE: To date, our film has been viewed by over 100 people, many of who honored us by staying to participate in a short discussion at the end of the film.  We are very grateful for each and every person who has joined us.  Our last showing of 2020, will be this coming Wed evening, Dec 16 at 7pm via Zoom.  We would love to have you!  Please drop your email address in the comment section below, and I will send you the Zoom information.  x

Above is the trailer to our short film, “Exposed to the Light.”  If, after watching, you are interested in “attending” a Zoom viewing with us, please drop your email address into the comment section below. Please feel free to share this blog post with others you feel would enjoy/benefit from viewing our film.

Our story of the creation of this short film:  In early February of this year, just before all hell broke loose in our world, a friend of mine was going through her own very personal hell.  In a moment when she felt as though she was at or near her lowest; emotionally, mentally and physically, she reached out to me and asked me if I would photograph her. Would I document where she is on that day, and then maybe again in 6 months and a year later.
This project started out as a personal documentation, transformed into a potential gallery show, and with COVID19, developed into a Purpose through the creating of this film. “Exposed to the Light” is a film which is a close collaboration between Ashley Watts, the extremely professional and intuitive Maine documentary filmmaker, Reggie Groff, of Groff Video, and myself.  This is the vulnerable, and very brave on Ashley’s part, film project that we have created from images I photographed of her on that day.
We have decided at this time the most impactful way to present our short, 13 minute film, is in small groups via Zoom.  As of today, approximately 50 people have viewed the film with us, and participated in small group discussions directly after the showing.  The feedback has been humbling, as well as mobilizing for us to continue to share our film with you!  We feel this film, portraying the most honest, vulnerable version of self-love, is something we all need right now.  In addition to online showings for those expressing interest, we are also open to hosting online, and when safe, in-person film showings for groups and organizations.  Disclaimer: This film contains some mild nudity. 


Ashley, Reg, and me
Ashley, Reg, and me


Message from one of our film’s viewers
“I feel so grateful to Ashley for having the courage to allow the viewer and herself to bear witness to her pain and the beginnings of her healing.  I hope that her willingness to lay bare her own vulnerability will invite and inspire others to take that chance.”
– Ben Collier, Psychiatric Social Worker


21 Comments leave one →
  1. October 1, 2020 7:02 pm

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  2. Cassie Rogers permalink
    October 1, 2020 7:10 pm

    • October 22, 2020 7:45 pm

      Wonderful Cassie! We’d love to have you join us. Emails with the Zoom info are being sent in the next day or so. Our showing time will be next Thursday, Oct 29 at 7pm!

  3. Sam mcdougall permalink
    October 1, 2020 8:45 pm

    • October 3, 2020 11:43 am

      Sam, would you be interested in joining us for a Zoom viewing of the film?

  4. Paula Steingas permalink
    October 1, 2020 11:30 pm

    Very much so, I would love to see this. Thank you.

  5. Linda Peters permalink
    October 2, 2020 7:47 am

    I love your vision!

  6. Anne Stuer permalink
    October 2, 2020 10:13 am

    I would like to see this film.

  7. Kim Ramharter permalink
    October 2, 2020 11:10 am

    I would love to see the entire film.

    • October 21, 2020 7:38 am

      Kim, what is your email address, please? I will be sending out Zoom invites in the next day or so for our Oct 29th showing.

  8. Kelly Chambers permalink
    October 3, 2020 11:17 am


    • October 21, 2020 7:40 am

      Kelly, what is your email address, please and I will send you a Zoom invitation to view our film! Thanks!

  9. Nicole LeClair permalink
    November 20, 2020 7:26 am

    Please include me in the next viewing; thank you!

  10. December 13, 2020 1:04 pm

    Reblogged this on Nanette Faye Photography.

  11. Rhonda Roberts permalink
    December 16, 2020 3:03 pm

    • December 16, 2020 5:43 pm

      Great, Rhonda! I have emailed you the Zoom info. I hope you can join us this evening.

  12. Ling permalink
    April 21, 2021 10:55 pm

    Hi! I would like to join the nxt online viewing…thank you

    • April 22, 2021 9:03 am

      Good Morning, Ling! Thank you for your interest. Can you please leave me your email address and I will send you an invite when the next one is scheduled! Thank you!

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