Beyond The Silence is a documentary short film by director J.R. Niles, filmed in San Francisco to bring attention to and help raise awareness on sex trafficking in the bay area, highlighting the problem in American cities.
After finding lost footage the director with EdgeLight Media decided to finally release the film to help raise awareness. This film is a solution oriented film. Interviews include the SFPD Special Victims Unit, survivors turned activists, citizens on the street and Congresswoman Jackie Speier.
Awareness is the starting point for change.
J.R. Niles is an American Filmmaker and Songwriter based in Los Angeles who came out of the LA Rock Music scene (1990-2001) before moving into directing films in 2008. Her first two films included her documentary on climate change, On This Land Kilimanjaro filmed in Tanzania, Africa at Mt. Kilimanjaro and her film on Women of the French Resistance in WWII, The Art of Resistance, filmed in Paris, France. In 2012 Niles was co-producer the dramatic, film short Lillian, starring Tony Award nominated Actress,Kathleen Chalfant. Since then, Niles has gone on to write and direct dramatic, short, films and documentaries and is now writing and directing feature films. Her dark, edgy films, both in the action and drama genres are focused on stories with strong female lead characters. In addition to writing and directing her own features, she is now also producing films for other directors. Two of her upcoming features will be with her long time, friend, Production Designer, Jon Hutman. It was while in Budapest with Jon Hutman during the filming of Angelina Jolie's In The Land of Blood and Honey, that Niles conducted the research for one of her upcoming feature films.
Her early years in film and were spent as an intern in development at Orion Pictures and at various production companies in Los Angeles. However, music was first blood and Niles left the film industry at a young age, to pursue her music career. By 1995 she and her band were playing the famed Los Angeles clubs, The Whisky A Go Go and The Roxy and were deep in the LA Music scene. By 1998 she had recorded her first CD, Edge Of The Sky and signed a solo deal with a small label in Holland and after two weeks in Europe, three of her songs hit the radio airwaves. Upon returning to The States and after the devastating events of September 11th 2001, Niles decided to go back to school and it was this choice that eventually brought her back to the film industry. She enjoys spending time in Paris and in The South of France and will once again be returning to Paris to direct several features.
Although Niles enjoys the documentary genre, her ability as a visionary, writer/director and her love of working with extraordinary, acting talent (from both film and Broadway) and love of the caused based narrative, has led her deeper into the narrative aspect of film making. Niles is an Activist for women's rights, an advocate for Animal rights and an environmentalist.