UTAH FILM CENTER, SALT LAKE CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT AND JPMORGAN CHASE TO PRESENT BULLY TO 12,000 STUDENTS
ALEX LIBBY TO PARTICIPATE IN POST-FILM Q+A WITH SELECT CLASSES
Salt Lake City, UT – Over 13 million American kids will be bullied this year, making it the most common form of violence experienced by young people in the nation. Beginning on September 11, in an effort to raise awareness and to provide bullied students with resources to turn to for support, Utah Film Center and Salt Lake City School District, JPMorgan Chase are partnering to bring the film BULLY to Utah for a month of special screenings for more than 12,000 Middle and High School students.
On September 12 and 13, Alex Libby, followed in the film, will join Salt Lake City School District students for a post-film Q+A. In addition, the Utah Film Center is working with groups in Park City to present the film to students on September 14. Screenings will continue in Salt Lake City until the end of September. These screenings are also part of The Bully Project’s ‘1 Million Kids’ initiative that is striving to show the film to 1 million students with the goal of shifting the consciousness and eliminating bullying on school campuses.
“The Utah Film Center is dedicated to supporting this anti-bulling campaign in youth communities at large throughout the stat,” said Holly Yocom, Executive Director of the Utah Film Center. “"Chase believes a positive healthy School environment is critical to a child's ability to learn', said Cree Zischke, Global Philanthropy Regional Executive for JPMorgan Chase.
The documentary film BULLY, 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. 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.
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The Utah Film Center programs are generously supported by the George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation, Rio Tinto, Sorenson Legacy Foundation, Zions Bank, and Zoo, Arts & Parks.