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“Bully” Documentary: A Catalyst for Discussion of Bullying in Schools

The Weinstein Company and Theatre Action Project (TAP) will present a free screening of Bully, tomorrow. The new documentary by award-winning director Lee Hirsch brings human scale to this startling statistic, offering an intimate, unflinching look at how bullying has touched the lives of five kids and their families. This year more than 13 million American kids will be bullied.

The special screening of Bully will be Wednesday, April 11th at 7 p.m. at the Alamo Drafthouse on South Lamar followed by a panel discussion including bullying experts: Dr. Rebecca Bigler, Professor of Psychology, University of Texas, Mel Waxler, General Counsel with the Austin Independent School District, Theatre Action Project staff and youth participants who use the creative arts to help thousands of young people take a stance against bullying every year.

Karen LaShelle, Executive Director for Theatre Action Project spoke of TAP’s expectations for the Lee Hirsch film.

“Since 2001, we have used theatre and the creative arts to help young people be “courageous bystanders” who take a stance against bullying in their communities. Our hope is that through the release of Bully more people of all ages will join our movement towards standing up for those who are targets of bullying. Through our collective stance we can change our culture and prevent more young people from the painful cycles of bullying.”

Directed by Sundance and Emmy-award winning filmmaker Lee Hirsch, Bully is a beautifully cinematic, character-driven documentary. At its heart are those with huge stakes in this issue whose stories each represent a different facet of America’s bullying crisis. Bully follows five kids and families over the course of a school year. 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, the film offers insight into the often cruel world of the lives of bullied children.

Running Time: 94 minute. MPPA Rating: Unrated
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We are based in Austin, Texas and reach more than 16,000 young people every year through our unique blend of theatre and education programs.Our programs expose young people to critical social problems and offer opportunities for them to creatively think about how they can be a part of solutions to these problems. Creative Action is a unique blend of art and education – for us, the two are intertwined. We believe that using the arts as a teaching method provides a fun, engaging and inspiring way to learn – it incorporates the whole mind and body.

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