THE BIG T: TESTOSTERONE
A co-production of Elixir Entertainment and Kuri Weideman Entertainment.
The pilot to this proposed series, a documentary short that was selected by the 2018 edition of the Director's Festival of Shorts, takes an in depth look at the current culture of collegiate sports with respect to off field behavior and sexual assault issues. A solution through mentoring in education is presented, provoking the thought that rather than only looking at crime and punishment, a solution through education is much more of an answer. The overall concept is a multi-episodic engagement with campuses across the country throughout the NCAA Division 1 colleges.
In the pilot we hear from Senator Claire McCaskill as she questions the president of the NCAA in a senatorial hearing, we hear the painful story of a coed at the University of Connecticut who is a rape victim and a further victim of school administrative policy. Additionally, we hear from Nancy D. Young, Ph.D., CAFMT, Certified Gottman Therapist, and we hear from John A Kuri II, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon, Elbow and Shoulder Sports Medicine Specialist and Trauma Surgeon, formerly a team physician for the Philadelphia Eagles. They discuss the by-‐product of violence in the sport.
Finally, we experience a special class conducted by college instructor/ sex therapist/ counselor Laurie Handlers. This highly respected, experienced and successful Sex Therapist and Teacher provides sex education, guidance, and mentoring in a class at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
On campus sexual assault is a crucial matter than can have life destroying consequences. This documentary short presents an aspect of sexual education that could provide the foundation of an answer that has not been considered. Blame and prosecution of the guilty will not change the culture. Sex education and adult interactions with students will provide structure and guidance, give students tools that they can apply to their lives and their interactions with their fellow students. Establishing boundaries that can be understood, explaining patterns of behavior, how words matter and acting on those words can provide avoidance of the crisis that results from not having the tools to deal with the unknown circumstance.
I find it amazing that institutions of higher learning are not looking at the educational aspect of this crisis. Of course violators should be held to account. However, being proactive and providing fundamental education to students, who largely have no knowledge of how to handle themselves in the adult world they now inhabit, is crucial to the health of students and the potential of their success in life. This program will shine a light on a major solution, sex education and behavioral boundaries.