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Bozeman filmmaker documents childhood sex abuse

By Colin Cashin, KTVM Reporter, ccashin@ktvm.com
Published On: Apr 04 2014 06:30:35 PM MDT
Updated On: Apr 04 2014 06:58:42 PM MDT
BOZEMAN, Mont. -

A Bozeman filmmaker hopes by sharing his story of sexual abuse he can help other victims through his documentary "Rewind to Fast Forward".

Sasha Joseph Neuinger is a graduate of Montana State University's School of Film & Photography. He decided to use his education to tell his story of the multi-generational sexual abuse he suffered as a child.

"To say, 'Look, this is what happened to me. This is how it felt. This is what I think we could do to change the situation for future generations of children.'" Neulinger said.

Neulinger is using over 200 hours of home video taken of him by his father, who was also a victim of the same people who attacked Sasha.

Neulinger told us, "Without knowing it, he actually documents me throughout my entire life, through the whole arc of overcoming this process."

Neulinger and his crews have been working for the past year and a half to bring the project to life, but only recently did they begin raising money through the crowd funding website Kickstarter.

Neulinger says, "Now, five days into the project we've raised over $113,000."

Their goal is $137,000, but the support Neulinger has received has been much more than just monetary.

"Thousands of people are reaching out to me," Neulinger explained. "Saying, 'I have a similar story to tell.'"

He shared with us how digging through hundreds of hours of old memories has impacted him.

Neulinger said, "While I feel the vulnerability, there isn't a second I don't feel 100 percent alive."

Neulinger tells us the hopes he's putting into this project neither begin nor end with his film, saying, "This isn't really just my film. This is our movement. And the movement started before I decided to make this film, but I'm just happy to contribute."

The Kickstarter campaign for "Rewind to Fast Forward" can be found here.