Kudos to Kyra Sedgwick! Plus, GRAND Social No. 278 link party for grandparents

Kudos to Kyra Sedgwick!

Jim and I attended a film screening and post-screening discussion on Saturday as part of the Denver Film Festival. The importance of the subject compelled me to tell you about it today, pre-GRAND Social (my most visited feature), rather than as a future Saturday movie review.

STORY OF A GIRL is the directorial debut for Kyra Sedgwick and a powerful film parents, grandparents, and anyone sympathetic to struggles today's girls face should see.

Kevin Bacon and Ryann Shane in STORY OF A GIRL

Kevin Bacon and Ryann Shane in STORY OF A GIRL

For the film — which aired on Lifetime in July — Sedgwick directs her husband, Kevin Bacon, and Ryann Shane, as well as her daughter, Sosie Bacon. (Her son contributed the score, making it a full family affair.) Shane shines as Deanna, a 16-year-old girl attempting to overcome the repercussions of a sex video featuring her that went viral three years earlier. Thanks to a smart story, deft directing, and Shane's spunk, Deanna impressively escapes being portrayed as a powerless victim.

STORY OF A GIRL post-screening discussion with (from left) author Sara Zarr, screenwriter Emily Bickford Lansbury, and first-time feature director Kyra Sedgwick

STORY OF A GIRL post-screening discussion with (from left) author Sara Zarr, screenwriter Emily Bickford Lansbury, and first-time feature director Kyra Sedgwick

STORY OF A GIRL touches on the sexual pressures and expectations of young women, and the increased danger and damage of the longstanding issue now that social media plays a role in the problem. Kevin Bacon nails the part of Deanna's understanding employer, Sosie Bacon is at turns humorous and heartbreaking as Stacey, Deanna's brother's teen girlfriend who lives in the financially strapped family's basement with him and their baby.

The film provides an unflinching, realistic look at how the combination of sexual pressures — self-imposed as well as societal — and social media affect females and families, making it a super conversation starter for adults responsible for the raising and well-being of girls.

STORY OF A GIRL is now available for streaming via iTunes, HuluAmazon and other streaming services. I strongly urge grandmothers and others to view it.

GRAND Social No. 278 link party for grandparents

Thank you for participating in this week's link party, created just for you!

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How it works:

  • All grandparent bloggers are invited to add a link. You don't have to blog about grandparenting, just be a grandparent who blogs.

  • Grandparents who do not blog (or want to share something other than their own post) are welcome to add links to other posts grandparent readers may be interested in.
  • To link up a post, copy the direct URL to the specific post — new or old — that you want to share, not the link to the blog or website home page. Then click the blue button below marked "Add your link" and follow the directions.
  • I reserve the right to remove posts I feel are inappropriate. (Which hasn't happened yet, but I feel obligated to note that, just in case.)
  • Those who add links to the GRAND Social link party will be sent a weekly reminder when the party goes live. If you prefer to be removed from that email list, feel free to do so (and you'll still be more than welcome to join the party any time).
  • If adding your own post, including a mention such as This post linked to the GRAND Social to your linked posts is appreciated. 
  • The GRAND Social linky accepts posts through Wednesday evening, so please come back to see those added after your first visit.
  • If you're not a linker, you have the pleasure of being a reader. Those sharing a link would be honored to have you visit, read and, if so moved, leave a comment, even if just "Hey, stopping by from the GRAND Social." Bloggers who link are encouraged to visit and comment on the links of other bloggers, as well.