Monday, October 12, 2009


Tuesday, October/20/2009, 07:30 PM

PLAYGROUND – The Documentary
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Rich Theatre
VIP Admission Seating, General Admission Seating

6:00 pm VIP Reception in Circle Room
7:30 pm "Playground" film screening
Immediately following the film, a 30 minute Q&A with panelists

In December 2006, Judge Sanford "Sammy" Jones assisted Libby Spears of Blu-print Films in the creation of a documentary film on domestic trafficking of children.

At the time he was the Chief Judge of the Fulton County Juvenile Court, the largest juvenile court in the southeast, Judge Jones had been instrumental in helping to establish the Juvenile Justice Fund, the nonprofit at the court that helps to identify and serve the special needs of those most underserved youth and family populations in its jurisdiction. CEASE, the Center to End Adolescent Sexual Exploitation, was one of the programs established through the Juvenile Justice Fund.

While Blu-print Films was gathering footage in Atlanta, Judge Jones was instrumental in giving the crew access to the people, places and cases that shone the brightest light on the problem of prostitution and sexual exploitation of girls in Atlanta. He was fully committed to the project and he himself appears in the film.

Judge Jones was taken from this world too soon when he died in a small plane crash on May 15, 2009. When word of his tragic passing traveled, the Juvenile Justice Fund was contacted by Blu-print Films and asked to host the Atlanta premiere of the recently completed documentary, Playground, in honor of Judge Jones and the shared work on this project.

In Playground, filmmaker Libby Spears unravels the gut-wrenching atrocities that children face in America’s sex trade and trafficking industry. When she began shooting Playground, Spears initially focused on international countries but quickly found that the problem of child prostitution was disturbingly in high demand right here in our own country. Through interviews with actual victims, social workers, and even pimps and johns, Libby was able to construct and display just how massive the problem of commercial sexual exploitation of children really is in the U.S.

CEASE continues to address the issue of commercial sexual exploitation of girls in the Atlanta metro area and will receive all general admissions and student ticket proceeds from this enlightening event. Proceeds from VIP Admission will benefit the Sanford “Sammy” Jones Memorial Playground that will be built and gifted to the Fulton County Juvenile Court.

VIP Admission includes reception, memorial film honoring Judge Jones, champagne toast and Playground film preferred seating (VIP tickets limited to 300 and will be sold on a first come first served basis).

Tickets: $25 General Admission. $125 VIP Admission. $15 Student Admission (w/valid ID). Discounted ticket prices are available for groups of 10 or more. Please visit or call the box office to order (404) 733-5000. Group discounts are not available for web orders.

This event is recommended for adults age 18+ years.

All orders will incur 8% sales tax added. For tickets more than $25, the handling fee is $5 per ticket, for tickets $25 and under, the handling fee will be $2.50 per ticket.

Prepaid parking (including valet parking), plus limousine service is available for the Woodruff Arts Center Parking Garage and can be added on to Internet orders. Please take note of both the date and time. Parking passes are only good for entry on or after the stated time.

The Rich Theatre is located in the Memorial Arts Building of the Woodruff Arts Center.

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