Survivor! 98 Second Stories

Survivor! 98 Second Stories is about the courage and conviction of 21 contemporary artists who participated in a public art project to help prevent sexual violence in the United States.

Winner of Best New Director at The Mediterranean Film Festival in Cannes, Elizabeth Tobias, amplifies her fusion of art, activism, and filmmaking to share this short documentary created from a live performance directed by Tobias for Diverse Art LA at The Los Angeles Art Show.

Please be advised: Film is recommended for mature audiences and contains language which some viewers may find distressing.

  • Elizabeth Tobias
    Director
  • Elizabeth Tobias
    Writer
  • Elizabeth Tobias
    Producer
  • Elizabeth Tobias
    Key Cast
    “Self”
  • Dawniel Carlock Stewart
    Key Cast
    “Self”
  • Naomi Tara
    Key Cast
    “Self”
  • Smile Garcia
    Key Cast
    “Self”
  • Tara Graviss
    Key Cast
    “Self”
  • Ryan Freeze
    Key Cast
    “Self”
  • Coco
    Key Cast
    “Self”
  • Robyn Alatorre
    Key Cast
    “Self”
  • Aliza Bejarano
    Key Cast
    “Self”
  • Catherine Singer
    Key Cast
    “Self”
  • Jennifer Korsen
    Key Cast
    “Self”
  • Kayla Cloonan
    Key Cast
    “Self”
  • Felis Stella
    Key Cast
    “Self”
  • Ciana Lee
    Key Cast
    “Self”
  • Yolie
    Key Cast
    “Self ”
  • Ruthy Jane
    Key Cast
    “Self”
  • Jessica
    Key Cast
    “Self”
  • Jen Snoeyink
    Key Cast
    “Self”
  • Joi Cole
    Key Cast
    “Self”
  • Alexandria Yalj
    Key Cast
    “Self”
  • Kellie Gillespie
    Key Cast
    “Self”
  • Jason Jenn, Vojislav Rad
    Videography and Editing
  • Judith Essex, Wes Chester, Peter Mays, Kristine Schomaker
    Special Thanks
  • Tara J. Atkinson
    Composer, Cellist
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Genres:
    Women's Rights, Sexual Assault, #MeToo, Human Rights, Spoken Word, Short Documentary, ArtFilm
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 12 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 28, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    8,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Mediterranean Film Festival Cannes
    Cannes
    France
    November 30, 2019
    Cannes Debut
    Best New Director
  • Impact Doc Awards
    San Diego, CA
    United States
    July 31, 2019
    Winner Special Recognition Award
  • In(Justice) For All FIlm Festival
    Chicago, IL
    United States
    October 3, 2019
    Official Selection
  • We Choose Art, A Feminist Perspective
    Los Angeles, CA
    United States
    May 28, 2019
    Official Selection
  • Rome Prisma Awards
    Rome
    Italy
    January 31, 2020
    Official Selection
  • Compassion Film Festival
    Carbondale, CO
    United States
    August 7, 2020
    Official Selection
  • Madrid Film Awards
    Madrid
    Spain
    January 15, 2021
    Semi-Finalist
Director Biography - Elizabeth Tobias

Winner of Best New Director at The Mediterranean Film Festival Cannes, Elizabeth Tobias has always been a risk-taker.

As a filmmaker, artist and therapist, Tobias has prepared through years of activism, education and art exhibits to create game-changing films and live performances that confront some of the most serious issues of contemporary life.

Tobias has opened hearts and minds, assisted with mental health issues, addressed and offered relief from traumas. And running like a thread throughout her career is her unique ability as artist and advocate to address cultural and societal issues that impact a broader audience as well as affecting smaller groups and individuals. “I work to engage audiences with me in a process that helps to bring awareness to very sensitive issues … I take these issues very seriously, whether I am working in a private or public venue.”

Survivor! 98 Second Stories is a strong continuation of her multifaceted approach to art and therapeutic transformation. Tobias' advocacy on this sexual assault and interpersonal violence has received commendation from Sen. Kamala Harris.

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Director Statement

Thank you so much for viewing Survivor! 98 Second Stories. Creating and sharing this film is one of the greatest honors of my life.

This filmed lived performance is about the courage and conviction of 21 diverse contemporary artists who created a project to reduce the statistic that a sexual assault occurs 98 seconds in America.

We have gone from #MeToo to #WeToo and we found our voice. We hope that all who view the film will also make this choice. We believe you.

Respectfully,
Elizabeth Tobias