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Michael O'Keefe
Michale O'Keefe
Michael O'Keefe and Annie Potts
Michale O'Keefe and Annie Potts
Annie Potts as Julie Posey
Annie Potts

Defending Our Kids: The Julie Posey Story
Now Airing Internationally on the
Hallmark Channel and on Lifetime TV

Annie Potts stars in the shocking true story of a woman's fight to protect children against online sexual predators.

Emmy, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award nominee Annie Potts and Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominee Michael O'Keefe star in the LIFETIME Original Movie, Defending Our Kids: The Julie Posey Story. Inspired by a true story, Potts portrays Julie Posey, a homemaker who, after her young daughter is approached by a pedophile in an online chat room, launches a one-woman fight to help police investigator Mike Harris (Michael O'Keefe) catch sexual predators by posing as a lonely teenager on the web. Defending Our Kids: The Julie Posey Story premiered Monday, July 21, 9-11pm (ET/PT) on LIFETIME Television. (Click here for additional air dates)

"Julie Posey’s story is remarkable," Executive Producer Frank von Zerneck said, "not only because she is an ordinary person who has shown extraordinary bravery and dedication as a cyber-crimefighter, but also because her story raises a significant issue -- how do you protect your children? The statistics on pedophiles out there prowling the web are staggering. As a grandparent myself, it’s a very real concern." Executive Producer Robert M. Sertner continued, "This story is suspenseful, too, because it’s about someone who must outwit these predators by putting herself in potentially dangerous situations," he added. "The more we watch her tracking down suspects, the more we realize how pervasive and destructive this threat is, and the more we want to root for her. She is a real unsung hero in our society today."

"As soon as I read about Julie Posey and her work, I knew her story deserved to become a movie," Executive Producer Ira Pincus said. "It illuminates an important problem that many people don’t realize exists," he explained. "The Internet has changed the world in many great and positive ways, but it also has had negative affects, like making children far more vulnerable to sexual predators. What is truly inspirational is that nobody asked Julie to do this. She could be anyone’s mother, or anyone’s sister or aunt or grandmother. But she recognized that there was a huge need and took it upon herself to make a change."

Disheartened to learn from police investigator Mike Harris (Michael O'Keefe) that there are no laws to stop pedophiles from preying on children on the web, Julie volunteers to monitor chat rooms for the police by pretending she is a teenager and keeping a log of the conversations. But in spite of her success in helping to arrest and convict predators, her work puts a strain on her family, who feels she is going too far. Then the revelation in court that Julie herself was sexually molested as a child jeopardizes her testimony and forces Mike to stop working with her. Julie must find a way to prove herself, both to her family and to the police -- even at the risk of her own life.

"Online enticement of children, particularly teen girls, is a serious problem in the United States," said Tina Schwartz, Director of Public Affairs, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. "The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) is grateful to LIFETIME Television for airing Defending Our Kids: The Julie Posey Story to inform parents and potential victims of the risks involved in meeting an Internet friend in the real world."

Director Joanna Kerns was immediately drawn to the project because Julie Posey’s story is about a phenomenon that affects all families. "Those of us who live everyday lives don’t think about how the Internet has created such access to our children inside our own homes," Kerns said. "I would like viewers to recognize that everyone needs to become more aware and responsible about using the web." Annie Potts was moved by Posey’s spirit. "It’s an empowering story," Potts explained. "Here is an ordinary housewife who actually does find and bring down the bad guys. She proves that one person can make a difference." Michael O'Keefe also admires how Julie Posey acted on her own initiative to go to the police. "She saw what was happening and knew there was something she could do to help protect kids. In a sense, just by making that choice she shows how our strength as a society depends on each of us," he concluded.

Defending Our Kids: The Julie Posey Story is produced by Ira Pincus Productions in association with von Zerneck Sertner Films for LIFETIME Television.


More information on Julie Posey can be found at Julie Posey's Official Website

**Source: LIFETIME Television Publicity
Photos credits: LIFETIME Television

 

Credits

Directed by
Joanna Kerns

Writing credits
Eric Tuchman

Genre: Drama

Cast:

Annie Potts .... Julie Posey
Arden Alfonso .... Lonnie
Mariam Bernstein .... Kristyn's Teacher
Matt Birman .... DA Clark
Robert Bockstael .... Dennis Goodwin
Jonas Chernick .... Keith
Eleanor Coopsammy .... TV Reporter
Rosemary Dunsmore .... Defense Attorney
David Gillies .... Scott Dempsey
Karen Glave .... Officer Paulette Howell
Robert Huculak .... Undercover Cop #2
C. David Johnson .... Sam (Magic Man/Sam I Am)
Marina Stephenseon Kerr .... Judge Dillon
Janet Kidder .... Cassandra Harris
Bill MacDonald .... Captain Hank Crawford
Carl Marotte .... Jerry Posey
Marnie McPhail .... Marla
Tessa Nanton .... Webcam Girl
Michael O'Keefe .... Mike Harris
Alan C. Peterson .... Texas Top Dawg
Denise Pinnock .... Police Dispatcher
Ernie Pitts .... FBI Agent #1
John Ralston .... Steve 42
Chris Sigurdson .... Undercover Cop #1
Jeff Skinner .... Principal
Ksenia Solo .... Kristyn Posey
Will Woytowich .... Messenger

Directed by
Joanna Kerns  

Produced by
Ted Babcock .... co-producer
Lesley Oswald .... co-producer
Ira Pincus .... executive producer: Ira Pincus Films
Peter Sadowski .... producer
Robert M. Sertner .... executive producer
Randy Sutter .... producer
Frank von Zerneck .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Kenneth Burgomaster   (additional music)
Normand Corbeil  
 
Cinematography by
Eric Cayla  
 
Film Editing by
Micky Blythe  
 
Casting by
Susan Glicksman  
Alex Wald  
 
Production Design by
Deanne Rohde  
 
Art Direction by
Ricardo Alms  
 
Set Decoration by
Shawna Balas  
 
Costume Design by
Linda Madden  
 
Makeup Department
Diana Ladyshewsky .... key hair stylist
Jennifer Machnee .... first assistant makeup artist
Doug Morrow .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
Lesley Oswald .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Megan Basaraba .... third assistant director
Phil Chipera .... first assistant director
Charles Crossin .... second assistant director
Douglas Mitchell .... second second assistant director
 
Art Department
Will Antoniuk .... art department coordinator
William V. Baker .... key scenic artist (as William Baker)
Olaf Dux .... construction coordinator
Alexis Labra .... on-set dresser
Mark Stratton .... property master
 
Sound Department
Rick Alexander .... sound re-recording mixer
Don Baker .... sound assistant
Bob Costanza .... sound effects editor
Robert Doucet .... boom operator
Joy Ealy .... adr supervisor
Mark Friedgen .... sound supervisor
Tommy Goodwin .... foley mixer
Louis Marion .... production sound mixer
Paul Morrow .... sound assistant
Dean Okrand .... sound re-recording mixer
Craig Pettigrew .... music editor
Richard D. Rogers .... sound re-recording mixer (as Rich Rogers)
Mike Wren .... sound re-recordist
 
Special Effects by
Tim Harding .... special effects coordinator
 
Stunts
Rick Skene .... stunt coordinator
Sean Skene .... stunts
 
Other crew
Neal Baksh .... set production assistant intern
Sarah Jane Cundell .... assistant location manager
Yves Drapeau .... first assistant camera
Keith Eidse .... assistant camera
Inessa Freylekhman .... casting assistant
Terri Fricon .... music supervisor
Anastasia Geras .... production coordinator
Richard Glazerman .... assistant editor
Becky Harland .... animal trainer
Jim Heber .... casting: Winnipeg
Jordan Heppner .... animal trainer
Joao Holowka .... best boy electric
Robb Inniss .... office production assistant
Coral Legault .... casting: Canada
Edward Mikolic .... gaffer
Celene Miles .... accounting clerk
William Mills .... key grip (as Bill Mills)
Bernard Narvey .... location manager
J.R. Post .... negative cutter (as JR Post)
Daniel Quesnel .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Dominique Ricard .... camera operator: "a" camera
Garry 'Diesel' Trosky .... transportation coordinator
Connie Wachsman .... script supervisor
Clare Walker .... casting: Canada
Sheila Woodley .... production accountant
Colleen Wowchuk .... assistant production coordinator
 
Production Companies
  • Ira Pincus Films
  • Von Zerneck Sertner Films
Distributors
  • Lifetime Television
  • Von Zerneck Sertner Films
Other Companies
  • Echo Sound Services Inc.   post-production sound
  • Encore  post-production services

Runtime: USA:120 min (including commercials)
Country: USA
Language: English
Color: Color
   
 

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