|Jun 8, 2012|
Filmmaker looks to explore bullying in a different way
Amy Weber, a filmmaker in Ann Arbor, Michigan, is exploring bullying in a new documentary, "The Bully Chronicles." But unlike the critically acclaimed documentary "Bully" that received so much attention earlier in the year, The Bully Chronicles won't focus on the victims, but on bullies themselves.
"In light of the past events with Mayor Daniels, as well as for kids across this country struggling each and every day, I have decided to move forward with a project that is very personal to me – The Bully Chronicles, a movement toward change in the form of a narrative feature film shot in an unscripted documentary style," Weber told the news source. "How can we ever expect our children in this country to treat each other with kindness, love and respect when we, as adults, display cruelty, discrimination and hate toward one another on a global level, disguising it as 'values'?"
The new documentary will be a true-to-life, fictional but non-scripted film, with a 100 percent Michigan-based cast, including Katy Butler, who gained national renown for her online petition that successfully convinced the Motion Picture Association of America to reduce the rating of Bully from R to PG-13.
Weber says that in order to get to truly solve the issue of bullying, "we have to get to the source of this issue, which is the bully." She believes that the film will help people better understand and be aware of how they speak to and treat each other, according to Pride Source. The bullies are also victims themselves, Weber believes, and she has made it her personal quest to show what is going on in the mind of a bully.
"It is absolutely impossible not to know these multi-layered characters inside and out who show us their world. It will lead to emotions that many people aren't expecting to feel for a bully," she told Pride Source.
Any school looking for ways to improve bullying programs and create a safer learning environment can help students better understand the causes and effects of bullying and implement safer ways for students to report bullying activities. uTip, the Bully Buster, provides an anonymous and reliable way for students to report a bully from their own cell phone that instant sends a message to school officials who can respond to the incident quickly.