Bullying film by Ont. students hits Times Square
A short film on bullying by a pair of Tecumseh, Ont. students has had its debut under the bright lights of New York City's Times Square.
Aspiring filmmakers K.J. Proulx, 17, of St. Anne High School, and Matt Bendo, an 18-year-old attending the University of Windsor, produced an anti-bullying video for a contest run by Trend Micro, which has corporate offices in California and Ottawa.
The internet security company's first annual "What’s Your Story" video contest challenged anyone over age 13 to create a video educating people about the dangers on the internet and how best to stay safe.
The 36-second film Pull the Plug on Bullying, by Proulx and Bendo, was a winner in the category "Staying away from unwanted contact," earning them $500 US and the privilege of having a 15-second clip run 18 times daily on the CBS Superscreen in Times Square.
"The bully's typing the words on the computer," Proulx told CBC News. "And then I walk away because I get depressed from it, and then I walk out the door, and the words from the computer still follow me, because it's still in my head, and they hit me, and I still get affected by it."
The video started playing Nov. 1 in New York and will cycle on the big screen daily until the end of the month.