Chelsea King documentary debuts at San Diego’s Film Festival

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego Film Festival premiered Chelsea’s Light: A Brother’s Journey, from Pain to Purpose, on Tuesday night. The film is a documentary about Chelsea’s Law and the Poway teenager who inspired it. It was made by Chelsea’s 18 year-old brother.

Tyler King was only 13 years-old at the time his sister Chelsea was murdered in February of 2010.

Like his parents, Brett and Kelly, grief nearly overwhelmed him, but Tyler found a way to ease the pain: a half-hour documentary called Chelsea’s Light: A Brother’s Journey, from Pain to Purpose.

The film he wrote and produced is part memoir, part narrative, and examines the punishment of violent predators who target children like John Gardner.

John Gardner is the convicted sex offender who raped and murdered Chelsea King and Escondido teen, Amber Dubois.

Tyler said he began the project as a means to spread the word about Chelsea’s Law, a measure that would put sex offenders in prison for life, after a first offense.

The goal of the film is to get a version of Chelsea’s Law passed in all 50 states.

Right now, in addition to California, there are similar measures in Texas and Iowa.

The community played a big role in getting Tyler’s film made. A crowd-funding campaign through Kickstarter brought in $70,000.

The premier of Chelsea’s Light: A Brother’s Journey, from Pain to Purpose, is part of San Diego’s Film Festival.

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