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For Immediate Release – New York, NY, December 3, 2012 – Film Short, The Bully, hosts first press and VIP screening 6:00pm – 7:00pm, January 10, 2013 at the Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Ave, NY, NY 10003.
The film, based on the single “Stop Bullying” by aspiring recording artist, Jiggy Jada, depicts a student who is the victim of relentless bullying in her school and finds allies in unexpected places. This tale about intolerance and redemption is a collaborated effort between Jiggy Jada, Executive Producers Maurice Wilson and Jacquelyn Wilson, Director/Producer, Gerald Barclay, and Co-Producer, Arlene Sorkin of IlluminArt Productions – a non-profit organization that facilitates peer-education programs about contemporary issues facing children and youth, through the arts.
Jacquelyn Wilson (parent of five) was inspired to finance the “The Bully” project after her eleven-year-old son was the victim of bullying in school. Her adult daughter, Jiggy Jada, was compelled to write the story having witnessed instances of bullying as a teenager. Jada’s song was then transcribed into a short film by screenplay writer, Youngnesse Williams, in a stunning portrayal of a Muslim student who confronts peer bullying.
Maurice Wilson said, “’The Bully’ is an incredibly powerful film that attacks the issues of racism, religion and sexuality, head on.”
“Bullies have no specific color or look; the ‘bully’ and the ‘bullied’ are both victims suffering from psychological and physical abuse. The film will highlight both sides of the issue. The big picture is to reach someone before they self-destruct and kill themselves – or someone else,” said Jacquelyn Wilson.
Said of Gerald Barclay, “I am proud to have contributed my skills and vision (both as a filmmaker and father) to help bring awareness to the seriousness of bullying.”
The film stars Staten Island teen actors, Charles Keppler of Tottenville high school, and Sarah Altreche of Michael J.Petrides School, among other Staten Island residents.
Following the press screening, “The Bully” is poised to compete in several high profile film festivals. Stay tuned.
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