Friday, March 30, 2012
'Bully' Film Premier in NYC
Tonight, I had the privilege of attending the New York City premier of the new documentary film 'Bully'. Senator Klein invited me to join for the screening, which took place at the Angelika Film Center in Soho. Director Lee Hirsch and Producer Cynthia Lowen joined for a post-screening talk back to discuss the film with audience members.
After following this film project for so long, I was beyond thrilled to see it hit the public. My verdict: a truly socially responsible and catalytic piece.
'Bully' covers nearly every angle of how this issue effects lives, and does so with tremendous respect. Hirsch explained that the film was shot on small cameras with no giant lights and huge equipment. Over time, the students and teachers in the project began to forget that the camera was there. You will be amazed at the honesty that was captured. The audience's reactions were audible throughout the film and we bonded through the cinematic journey. I had the chance to ask Lee about the film's original efforts to become a one-stop show for all major anti-bullying resources. You will be happy to know that this is still a priority for the film team. The entire audience, having bonded in our journey through the films' stories, was alive with conversation even as we left the theater.
If you are a parent, see this film to remember the pain you once knew and to realize what may be hiding behind your child's silence. If you are a student, see this film to realize the severity of what is happening to your peers. What may appear small in school might be ruining the entire future of a family. If you are neither parent nor child, see this film to remember the precious nature of life. Remind yourself of the powerful role you play as a member of society and how vital it is to understand those who are different.
Thank you to the team of 'Bully' for creating such a vital tool in this fight. I have no doubt that this film will empower millions to become part of the conversation around this issue. To audiences everywhere: see the film, if for no other reason than to support the creation of such culturally intelligent media.
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