Film: The Mask You Live In
The Mask You Live In follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity.
Pressured by the media, their peer group, and even the adults in their lives, our protagonists confront messages encouraging them to disconnect from their emotions, devalue authentic friendships, objectify and degrade women, and resolve conflicts through violence. These gender stereotypes interconnect with race, class, and circumstance, creating a maze of identity issues boys and young men must navigate to become “real” men.
Experts in neuroscience, psychology, sociology, sports, education, and media also weigh in, offering empirical evidence of the “boy crisis” and tactics to combat it. The Mask You Live In ultimately illustrates how we, as a society, can raise a healthier generation of boys and young men.
We are showing the feature film version (PG-13) that does discuss rape and pornography.
Find out more about the movie HERE
Why We Need Every Man To #BeAModelMan
Amidst the bustle of #SuperBowl 50, a sleek, one-of-a kind Tesla equipped with a customized projector roamed the streets of San Francisco, projecting our #BeAModelMan campaign on buildings all over the city. Created in partnership between The Representation Project, Futures Without Violence, and Obscura Digital, #BeAModelMan is sparking a national conversation about limiting masculine stereotypes and raising a healthier, less violent generation of boys and young men. With the NFL's record of accepting violence on and off the field, it's critical we hold executives, owners and coaches accountable for creating a culture where positive role models can thrive. Together, we can challenge limiting stereotypes, and inspire a national conversation about what it means to ‘be model men’.What do you think?Learn more and join the campaign at beamodelman.org
Posted by The Representation Project on Tuesday, February 9, 2016
"The Mask You Live In changed my life. [It] is the first documentary I’ve seen that is not only for me, but about me."
25-Year-Old Male, Sundance Film Festival
"To eradicate male violence toward women, we’ve got to raise up a healthier generation of boys that become men, that learn how to be emotionally connected and. . .respect other human beings."
Joe Ehrmann, Founder, Coach for America
House of Ruth Screening with the Baltimore Ravens 2015 Rookie Class
"The impact of our alumni screening was beyond what we anticipated. The Mask You Live In appealed to the diverse demographics of our alumni population. Attendees of the screening were intellectually and emotionally moved by the topic. The conversation that followed the screening brought the issues of the film right into our community. In fact, our panel discussion could have continued well beyond an hour because of the interest sparked by the film. I would urge any community who cares about their young men and women, to bring this film to their community members."
Fadia Desmond, Former President, Sacramento Stanford Association
"From watching this movie, I realized that my experiences as a young man were not unique. Men are just told never to talk about their feelings."
Stephen Lopez, Student, Cal State San Marcos
Woody Pollock attended the University of Idaho and LIOS Graduate Collage of Saybrook University. He has a Bachelors Degree in Public Communications and a Masters in Psychology with a concentration in Systems Counseling.
He has worked in the fields of leadership, education, and training for over 20 years, and has supported individuals, families, and groups as they connect more deeply with themselves an others in a variety of settings. He specializes in working with youth, adults, and diverse populations in an therapeutic counseling setting.
He also has extensive background in alternative and experiential education, working with youth as a mentor and vocational trainer, and with adults as a facilitator for leadership and group development. He is currently a community trainer for national curricula, delivering evidenced-based parenting, prevention, and mental health programs across the state.
Woody has a deep passion for menswork, and is an active long-time participant in ManKind Project meetings and weekends. He leads mens’ groups as part of his practice, as a way for men to connect and explore their deeper selves and hold themselves accountable in a culture that encourages men to disconnect from their emotions, devalue authentic friendships, objectify and degrade women, and resolve conflicts through violence.
Currently consulting with case managers of youth in foster care, Woody is also trained in Mindfulness-Based Stress Relief, and is completing certification in Process Oriented Psychology at the Process Work Institute, Portland.
For more information visit Flow Therapeutic Associates