Update: Good news! Harvey Weinstein and The Weinstein Company have picked up this movie, and will be giving it a wide release coming later this year. Congratulations, Hirsch.
May 04, 2011
A 14-year old girl is incarcerated for bringing a gun onto her school bus. An 11-year old commits suicide. A 7th grader spends his entire summer vacation afraid to go back to school. All these things are direct results of relentless bullying, as well as the subjects of a new documentary - 'The Bully Project.'
The filmmakers spent a year exploring the realm of bullying, following the kids, parents, teachers and communities trying to cope with the problem and its often tragic consequences. Here's the trailer...
And the film's scope extends beyond the documentary. With the film as its nucleus, the project also involves a national bullying help line, social media tools, and a growing community of outreach partners. The aim is to evolve 'The Bully Project' into a full-fledged, multi-platform movement that helps protect kids everywhere.
Sometimes those who were bullied do get the last laugh. At the documentary's premiere on Sunday, the kids featured in the film enjoyed a night out with a roomful of beautiful models.
Check out these photos; their crazy grins say it all.
The Bully Project is playing at the Hot Docs Festival in Toronto tonight at at 7:00 PM at the Isabel Bader Theatre, and again on Friday, May 6th at 4:15 PM.