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Cleveland Heights' Cedar Lee Theatre to Screen 'HIDE': A Film with a Critical Message

CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, OH - The Cedar Lee Theatre in Cleveland Heights is poised to become a platform for both entertainment and enlightenment as it prepares to screen "HIDE," a psychological thriller that delves into the eerie world of emotional gaslighting.


Set to grace the screen in this historic cinema, "HIDE" is not your typical thriller. Written and directed by Ben Samuels, the film is not just a story but a powerful tool for raising awareness about the sinister complexities of gaslighting and grooming, and it couldn't have come at a more crucial time.


A Chilling Tale of Resilience

At the heart of "HIDE" lies a gripping narrative, one that captures the essence of terror and dread, not through jump-scares and bloodshed, but through the relentless psychological torment that occurs within the confines of an abusive relationship. The film is a disturbing yet realistic portrayal of emotional gaslighting, portraying a woman's relentless fight to break free from the clutches of her abusive husband.


The narrative unfolds against the backdrop of a pandemic lockdown, a scenario that, unfortunately, many have experienced in recent years. This harrowing tale of resilience doesn't just aim to entertain; it seeks to educate, empower, and inspire social change.


A Cinematic Call to Action

"HIDE" is not merely a work of art but a poignant social impact tool. It stands as a rallying cry for individuals to recognize and understand the subtle intricacies of gaslighting and grooming. The film is scheduled to embark on a national roadshow in October, perfectly timed for Domestic Violence Awareness Month.


The Importance of "HIDE" in a Post-Pandemic World

The world has witnessed a disturbing surge in domestic abuse and intimate partner violence (IPV) during the COVID-19 pandemic. The lockdowns, job losses, and the breakdown of support services have contributed to a fertile ground for abuse to fester. The numbers are staggering: one in four women will become victims of severe partner abuse, and the emotional and psychological aspects of abuse often go unreported.


Even more troubling is the fact that while cases of abuse have risen exponentially, calls for help have plummeted by a staggering 50%. This eerie silence is believed to be a result of victims being trapped at home with their abusers, making it nearly impossible to reach out for support.

Writer and creator of HIDE, Ben Samuels
Ben Samuels - Creator/Writer

The Makers Behind the Impactful Film

Ben Samuels, the creative force behind "HIDE," is a filmmaker with a passion for inclusive storytelling. In addition to his work on this psychological thriller, Samuels has been recognized for his screenplays in notable competitions, including the Austin Film Festival and the Launchpad Screenwriting Competition.


Mara Burros Sandler, an activist, producer, and philanthropist, plays a pivotal role in bringing this powerful project to life. Her commitment to compelling storytelling that can change the world aligns perfectly with the film's mission.



Survivors at the Heart of the Story

What sets "HIDE" apart is its commitment to authenticity. The film involves survivors in both its cast and crew, allowing their personal experiences to lend depth and authenticity to the storytelling. Their involvement brings an essential real-world perspective to the narrative.


Don't Miss the Screening at Cedar Lee Theatre

The upcoming screening of "HIDE" at the Cedar Lee Theatre presents an opportunity to not only enjoy a thrilling and impactful film but also to engage with the creator, Ben Samuels. Following the screening, there will be a special talkback Q&A session featuring Ben Samuels, the film's writer and director, and the lead actress, Nadine Malouf. They will be joined by representatives from the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center and the Journey Center for Safety and Healing. This gathering of experts and artists promises to shed light on the critical issues explored in the film.


Don't miss the chance to witness this remarkable film and be a part of a crucial conversation. Secure your tickets now at Cleveland Cinemas.

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