For Immediate Release
WXXI AND THE LITTLE THEATRE PRESENT “BULLY” FOLLOWED BY A TALK BACK
Rochester, New York (April 17, 2012) – This year more than 13 million American kids will be bullied at school, online, on the bus, at home, and through their cell phones, making it the most common form of violence young people experience. The new documentary film BULLY makes its debut at the Little Theatre on Friday, April 20 at 6:30 p.m. The film, directed by Sundance and Emmy-award winning filmmaker, Lee Hirsch, brings human scale to this startling statistic, offering an intimate, unflinching look at how bullying has touched five kids and their families. Immediately following the film, WXXI News reporter and All Things Considered host Hélène Biandudi will moderate a panel discussion with Kaitlin Monte, Miss New York 2011 and Executive Director of Operations for Project Empower; Dr. James Colt, Cyber Bullying expert; Aly Belknap, Rush-Henrietta student and co-founder of the school’s anti-bullying initiative; and parent Karrie Formicola. Tickets are $8, $5 for seniors and students.
BULLY follows five kids and their families over the course of a school year. Their stories include two families who have lost children to suicide, and a mother awaiting the fate of her 14-year-old daughter, who has been incarcerated after bringing a gun on her school bus. With an intimate glimpse into homes, classrooms, cafeterias, and principals' offices, BULLY offers insight into the often cruel world of the lives of bullied children. Through the power of their stories, the film aims to be a catalyst for change in the way we deal with bullying as parents, teachers, children, and society as a whole.
WXXI and the Little will host a talk back immediately following the 94-minute film. WXXI’s Hélène Biandudi will moderate the discussion with a panel and the audience. Panelists include:
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