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Libby Spears

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Libby Spears is the director of film *Playground*. She conceived of the idea for *Playground* in 2001 while photographing a documentary in the Philippines and Central America about women’s sexual self-image. Spears’ background in social issue filmmaking and commercial production includes works for PSI in Nepal on water and sanitation, and IOM in Indonesia, on human trafficking and the aftermath of the tsunami. Spears’ film directing and producing credits include a film on the jazz band Medeski, Martin & Wood, Spring Forward, Bruno Coppola’s Rules of Love and Christopher Walken’s directorial debut for Showtime Television. Previously, Spears worked as the Film Festival Coordinator and Programmer for the Slamdance Film Festival. She has lectured at universities, world congresses, and trained young women and men on issues related to sexual exploitation and visual media.