Special school invitation to attend BULLY

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The Jacob Burns Film Center is thrilled to announce the opening of BULLY (www.thebullyproject.com) on Friday, April 13. Since our sold-out preview screening in April, 2011 with the film’s director, Lee Hirsch, and a panel of advocates for safe schools, we have been anticipating the opportunity to bring this film to a larger audience.  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. Filmed over the course of the 2009-2010 school year, BULLY opens a window onto the pained and often endangered lives of bullied kids, revealing a problem that transcends geographic, racial, ethnic and economic borders. It documents the responses of teachers and administrators to aggressive behaviors that defy the “kids will be kids” cliché, and it captures a growing movement among parents and youths to change how bullying is handled in schools, communities and in society as a whole.

In addition to the regularly scheduled public screenings, there are four events reserved especially for student groups: Tuesday, April 17, Friday, April 20, Monday, April 23, Wednesday, April 25.  All screenings will begin at 10:30 am and be followed by a facilitated discussion. The program will conclude at approximately 12:45 pm. Seats are limited and reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets are $6 and payment must be made on or before the day of the screening. Schools in under resourced districts may attend for free and the JBFC will reimburse the cost of bus transportation. To reserve seats, please contact education@burnsfilmcenter.org with “Bully” in the subject line. Group sales for regularly scheduled public screenings can be made by contacting JBFC Office Manager, Julia Rosen, jrosen@burnsfilmcenter.org.  In addition, educators are invited to attend a 90-minute workshop with Peter Nelson, Director of the New York Office of Facing History and Ourselves. The workshop will be April 23, 4-5:30 pm at the JBFC’s Media Arts Lab. Facing History will also be offering a free online workshop prior to the screenings. To sign up, visit: www.facinghistory.org/bully-workshop-registration.  Visit www.burnsfilmcenter.org for more information.