The Auroris Media documentary Sextortion: The Hidden Pandemic will be released through digital retailers Oct. 4 by 1091 Pictures.
The film takes an inside look into one of the largest sextortion cases investigated by Homeland Security and the Department of Justice.
The release of the film, from director, editor and producer Maria Peek and producer and cinematographer Stephen Peek, is timed to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Month.
According to a press release, the film “merges true crime with an empowering educational opportunity that provides families with essential ways to keep their children safe on the Internet. As parents themselves, the filmmakers experienced sextortion in real time through one of their children’s classmates, and it inspired them to be the change they want to see in the world.”
Sextortion: The Hidden Pandemic made its world premiere at this year’s Santa Barbara International Film Festival as part of the Social Justice Feature Documentaries. More recently, through the Spotlight Docs Series (a 501c3 that the filmmakers founded), the film completed a sold-out 20+ city educational tour around the country, with both the filmmakers and federal agents who ran the landmark case.