Shelby resident’s new film to raise funds for sex trafficking survivors

By: Kara Szymanski | Shelby - Utica News | Published September 9, 2019

 Dean Cain and Angela McCulley will be releasing a new Michigan-based film, “A Parent’s Worst Nightmare,” that will screen for one night only in Novi Sept. 13 with a red carpet at 6:15 p.m. and doors at 7 p.m.

Dean Cain and Angela McCulley will be releasing a new Michigan-based film, “A Parent’s Worst Nightmare,” that will screen for one night only in Novi Sept. 13 with a red carpet at 6:15 p.m. and doors at 7 p.m.

Photo provided by Angela McCulley

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SHELBY TOWNSHIP — A Shelby Township resident is releasing a new film focused on sex trafficking, called “A Parent’s Worst Nightmare,” in hopes of raising awareness and donations for survivors.

“A Parent’s Worst Nightmare” producer Angela McCulley, a Shelby Township resident, is an Emmy Award winner, and her work has been seen on ABC, PBS, HBO and Netflix.

McCulley has worked in the entertainment industry for more than 20 years and has worked with stars such as Tara Reid, Dustin Diamond, Dean Cain, Richard Karn and Kristy Swanson.

The movie is a Michigan-based film and was filmed in Detroit, Rochester Hills and Holland.

“A Parent’s Worst Nightmare” stars Dean Cain, Kristy Swanson, Sophie Bolen, Mark Boyd and Deon Hunt. The film is based on the true story of a 16-year-old girl who was sold into sex trafficking.

“We wanted to make a movie that would have an impact. Several of the producers have known or seen human trafficking in our own backyards, and it was very real to us,” said McCulley.

The film will screen for one night only on Sept. 13, with the red carpet at 6:15 p.m. and doors at 7 p.m. at Emagine Theatre in Novi, 44425 W. 12 Mile Road. Tickets cost $20 per person.

All proceeds from the night’s event will be donated to the Sanctum House of Detroit, a nonprofit that helps women who were once trafficked. Each survivor who comes to live at the Sanctum House will enter a two-year program that includes drug and alcohol rehabilitation as well as education, counseling, job training and support.

“I am beyond excited to be able to donate all of our event proceeds to the Sanctum House,” McCulley said.

“I was able to tour their facilities and meet some of the women affected. I’ve always said trauma doesn’t hit someone between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., and that’s a big reason why I’m thankful for places like the Sanctum House. It allows the women to receive support 24/7,” she said.

The filmmakers are hoping to make around $4,000 through ticket sales and $1,000-$2,000 through additional donations, if possible.

“It’s our hope once they hear from the staff members and seeing the film, people will feel pulled to donate on top of their ticket price,” McCulley said.

The film cost an estimated $500,000 to make.

She said they started writing the film in 2016 and filmed it in late 2017 and early 2018.

Joel Paul Reisig, another producer and the director of the film, said he is excited to get the film out and focus on such an important topic.

“We’re excited to bring you not only a great movie, but a movie that also matters,” said Reisig.

“The subject is important and the film watches/feels like a high-end live theater,” he said.

Bolen, who plays Allyson, the young woman who is abducted and sold into slavery, is from Cascade, Michigan. She has been acting since she was 3 and is a theater, commercial and film actress, and also a country singer/songwriter in Nashville.

“(‘A Parent’s Worst Nightmare’) was a very difficult movie to film. It isn’t just a make-believe story; this is real life to so many people. It is horrifying to know how many women get lured into these situations, and some just forcefully removed from their lives,” said Bolen.

“This film is a great way to familiarize yourself with the warning signs of human trafficking. If this film can just help one person, it will all be worth it. If you see something, say something,” said Bolen.

McCulley said this film is something she believes will open many people’s eyes to the reality of human trafficking.

“‘A Parent’s Worst Nightmare’ is a passion project, which I believe will hit people in the heart as soon as they view it,” McCulley said.

“Human trafficking is happening in our backyards, and I’m so proud to help bring this project to life,” she said.

The film’s runtime is 1 hour and 47 minutes. It is rated R.

Tickets can be purchased at bit.ly/33ODqjZ. For more information about the film, visit www.facebook.com/MoviesThatCare.

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