The director of high-profile Us documentary Bully has called on Mitt Romney to take a stand against bullying following revelations that the Republican presidential candidate made life a misery for a fellow pupil as a teenager.
Lee Hirsch, whose film examines the deaths of Us schoolchildren Tyler Long and Ty Smalley, who killed themselves after being bullied, said Romney's failure to issue a genuine apology for his actions were a missed opportunity that he hoped the former Massachusetts governor would reflect on. "This could be a true presidential moment for Mitt Romney," he told the Hollywood Reporter. "My hope is that he would recognise that we are past framing bullying as horseplay or pranking around. We need our leaders to call it as it is.
But according to Bazelon, that isn’t the whole story.
In the spring of last year, when director Lee Hirsch's film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, critics and festivalgoers immediately took notice, resulting in the Weinstein Company's swooping in to pick it up for distribution. No small feat. Everything was going smoothly leading up to this Friday's release -- until the film was slapped with an R rating by the MPAA. The surprise move by the ratings board made headlines, and angered Harvey Weinstein to no end.
He has good reason to be mad, and not just because the movie's R rating will hinder the film's box-office potential.
"Bully," a documentary that sheds some much needed light on the bullying epidemic in America, is the sort of film that demands to be seen by the generation it depicts. How can
Without doubt, the MPAA has handed Bully director Lee Hirsch and Harvey Weinstein, whose company is releasing the film, a formidable marketing weapon and a tremendous amount of free publicity…. Mind you,
The Oscar-winning producer Harvey Weinstein will take on Us censors by releasing the anti-bullying documentary Bully without a rating.
The Weinstein Company, which Harvey owns with brother Bob, had warned the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) that it was considering the move following censors' decision to hand Lee Hirsch's high-profile film an R certificate, meaning children under the age of 17 could not see it unless accompanied by an adult in the Us. After censors refused to overturn the decision, which was made on the grounds of several instances of bad language, the Weinsteins issued a statement yesterday announcing the film will be released unrated.
The move means it will be up to individual cinemas in the Us to decide whether to show the film.
Known for his documentary features that highlight the need for human rights, (Amandla! A Revolution In Four Part Harmony) Hirsh joins the bully awareness movement by revealing the grim realities of this epidemic. Being a victim of bullying himself, Hirsh always wanted to make this film. It was the suicide of bullied victims, Carl Joseph Walker and Jaheem Herrera, both 11-years-old, that prompted Hirsch to fully focus his attention to the completion of this project. In Bully, we meet three inspiring kids who agree to share their experiences.
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A petition launched by an American teenager aimed at overturning the recent decision by Us censors to hand a high-profile anti-bullying documentary a prohibitive rating has gained more than 200,000 signatures.
High-school student Katy Butler, herself a victim of bullying, began gathering signatures just one week ago in response to the Motion Picture Association of America's (MPAA) move to hand Lee Hirsch's film Bully an R rating, which means many of its target audience will not be able to see it. The film's distributor, Oscar-winning producer Harvey Weinstein, has also been vocal in his disapproval of the decision, threatening to boycott the MPAA's ratings process in protest.
Butler, from Ann Arbor, Michigan, is calling for the film to be given a PG rating, hand-delivering the signatures to the La office of the MPAA today. Launching her Change.
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People Magazine reported that Lauren visited a shelter at the Cherokee Valley Baptist Church in nearby Ringold. There, she met Tyler Long. The 11-year-old survived the tornado despite being thrown 200 yards from his family's mobile home, but lost his grandfather and had his infant brother in the ICU with a bleeding brain. His pregnant mother also lost her baby.
To Lauren, Tyler said, "I felt scared and I prayed, but I just wanted to find my family first." Upon hearing his story, this season's Top 3 contestant on "Idol" asked him, "How can you be so brave?" The Rossville,
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