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Monica Lewinsky Debuts Anti-Bullying PSA And New #BeStrong Emojis

Bullying prevention social activist Monica Lewinsky announces the launch of the “In Real Life” PSA campaign – including new additions to the #BeStrong suite of emojis.

Video: In Real Life #BeStrong

October is Bullying Prevention Month and the film and emojis are designed to bring attention to the epidemic of cyberbullying and offer solutions. While the PSA draws attention to the difference between how people behave online versus in real life, the #BeStrong emojis allow people to take action when witnessing online bullying.

In Real Life” is a powerful exploration of bullying that recasts the issue and asks the question: “If this behavior is unacceptable in real life, why is it so normal online?” Bbdo New York, the award-winning agency, created the pro bono campaign, working from an insight shared with the agency by Ms. Lewinsky. Bbdo collaborated with Lewinsky and the award-winning public relations firm Dini von Mueffling Communications to address this idea.
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Monica Lewinsky Says She Remains ‘Frozen in Amber’ After Clinton Scandal as She Debuts Anti-Bullying Video

Monica Lewinsky Says She Remains ‘Frozen in Amber’ After Clinton Scandal as She Debuts Anti-Bullying Video
When Monica Lewinsky first started thinking about making a PSA for Bullying Prevention Month, there was one thing she wanted to stress above all else: “I wanted to creatively demonstrate the difference between our online and offline behavior in a thought-provoking way.”

The result, the powerful new PSA In Real Life, which she worked on with ad agency Bbdo New York, and Dini von Mueffling Communications, premieres Monday. The video, she says, highlights, “How people hiding behind a screen will write something they’d never say to someone’s face — and what that says about the inhumanity of their actions.
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Stories of Trump’s America: How Documentary Filmmakers Plan to Escape the Liberal Bubble

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On Nov. 12 of this year, Impact Partners executive director and documentary producer Dan Cogan wrote a powerful call to action on Facebook. “The last 4 days have been a horror. The next 4 years will be worse,” he wrote. “And yet my pulse is quickening, because there is so much to be done, and we, the documentary film community, are in pole position to make a huge difference.”

Over 400 documentary filmmakers, producers and executives “liked” Cogan’s message—including Oscar-nominated directors Barbara Kopple, Matt Heineman, Heidi Ewing, Amy Berg and Lucy Walker—and over 40 individuals added comments.

But despite Cogan’s passionate and inspiring plea, the Facebook post also brought up some soul-searching within the documentary community: How do you make a difference if your work is only seen and discussed within the progressive “bubbles” of social media and urban centers? How do you avoid — as suggested by executives such as Jason Spingarn-Koff,
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‘Netizens’ Chronicles the Victims and Consequences of Online Harassment Towards Women

‘Netizens’ Chronicles the Victims and Consequences of Online Harassment Towards Women
Here’s your daily dose of an indie film, web series, TV pilot, what-have-you in progress, as presented by the creators themselves. At the end of the week, you’ll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

In the meantime: Is this a project you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments.

Netizens

Logline: “Netizens,” directed by “Bully” co-creator/producer Cynthia Lowen, follows targets of cyber harassment, along with lawyers, advocates, and policymakers, as they confront digital abuse and strive for equality and justice online. These powerful stories show how harassment presents significant barriers to women’s equal access to education, employment and expression.

Elevator Pitch:

“Netizens” follows women targeted by cyber harassment, along with lawyers, advocates, and policymakers, as they confront digital abuse and strive for equality and justice online. The documentary exposes how digital abuse impacts women’s equal access to education, employment, expression and opportunity,
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Taking Down Trump: Documentarians Profile Courageous ‘Local Voices’

Taking Down Trump: Documentarians Profile Courageous ‘Local Voices’
The idea behind the Local Voices ad campaign is to capture the concerns that everyday Americans have about presidential hopeful Donald Trump in unscripted, personal commentaries that later air as one-minute ads in the same swing state communities where they were filmed. The key is to find voices who belong to community leaders who aren’t normal Hillary Clinton supporters, may they be conservatives or generally apolitical figures.

Read More about Local Voices: How Filmmakers Are Making a Difference in Swing States

In swing states where the voters have been confronted with constant barrage of political ads, the other key ingredient is authenticity, so they are not dismissed as just another manufactured political message.

To accomplish this, founder Lee Hirsch (“Bully”) turned to fellow documentary filmmakers and recruited some of the top filmmakers working in nonfiction, including Amir Bar-Lev (“Happy Valley, “The Tillman Story”), Amy Berg (“West of Memphis”), Marshall Curry (“Street Fight,
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Trump Stoppers: How Filmmakers Are Making a Difference in Swing States

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Trump Stoppers: How Filmmakers Are Making a Difference in Swing States
The idea behind the Local Voices neighbor-to-neighbor campaign is simple: use a documentary approach to capture the concerns every day Americans have about Donald Trump in unscripted, personal commentaries and then air them as one-minute ads in the same swing state communities where they were filmed.

Filmmaker Lee Hirsch (“Bully”), who started the Local Voices Democratic Super Pac in 2008, has spent the last three election cycles studying and experimenting with how best to engage and motivate voters.

Read More: The Presidential Debate ‘Late Night’ Helped Prove That Seth Meyers is the Host Network TV Needs

“I’ve seen the same thing over and over again,” Hirsch wrote IndieWire, “election season is intense, and perceived community norms lead to an almost palpable intimidation that suppresses an honest public dialogue about the presidential candidates, and has the deepest affect on those who might be leaning towards the democratic ticket.”

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Ben Sherwood, David Linde, Sophie Watts to Give Keynotes at Mipcom

Paris — Ben Sherwood, co-chair of Disney Media Networks and president of Disney-abc Television Group’s , David Linde, CEO of Participant Media and Sophie Watts, president of Stx Entertainment will deliver a keynote at Mipcom.

The three media mastermind keynotes will discuss “The New Television,”

which will be Mipcom’s running theme. Mipcom indeed teamed up with Parrot Analytics to come up with a report titled “Who’s Winning in the World of the New Television?” which examines key trends impacting the five major segments of the television industry, from broadcast to cable, premium cable, Svod and Avod.

Over at Disney, Sherwood oversees ABC Studios and the ABC TV network. He also oversees Disney Channels Worldwide, which comprises 116 kid-driven channels distributed across 163 countries in 34 languages. Lastly, he oversees cable network Freeform and the company’s equity interests in A+E Networks, as well as Hulu.

Linde joined Participant in 2015, the year
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A Filmmaker's Guide to Music Licensing

A Filmmaker's Guide to Music Licensing
This article originally appeared on the Film Independent blog and has been republished with permission. Filmmakers often feel so attached to a song that it becomes a crucial and indispensable element to the story. A scene, or even an entire film, can revolve around a single piece of music. What many directors don't realize is that the process of clearing that song can be very difficult and expensive. Brooke Wentz, the music supervisor behind "Kings Point," "Bully" and "Bill Cunningham New York," cleared up some of the confusion and little-known realities of music licensing during a recent Film Independent education event. The most important thing to know is that there are two rights to every song. There is the person who wrote the song (who holds the publisher rights, a.k.a. sync rights) and the person who recorded it (who holds the master rights). To use this piece of
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Reality Checks: How Tribeca Became a Major Documentary Festival

Reality Checks: How Tribeca Became a Major Documentary Festival
Read More: 12 Must-See Films at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival In the public's eye, the Tribeca Film Festival is synonymous with Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese and celebrity-strewn red carpets. But for the indie film industry, there's something far sexier to see in New York City starting this week: New documentaries. Over the last 14 years, Tribeca has soared to become one of the top nonfiction film markets in the United States. Ever since claiming the premieres of eventual Oscar nominees, such as Marshall Curry's "Street Fight" (2005) and Alex Gibney's "Taxi to the Dark Side" (2007), and box-office winners, such as Lee Hirsch's "Bully" (2011) and David Gelb's "Jiro Dreams of Sushi" (2012), the festival has become a significant destination for documentary filmmakers. Now, the blossoming nonfiction industry has sprouted up to support them. Embracing their position as a premiere documentary platform, the festival has given its opening night...
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ABC picks up two European factual formats

The ABC is commissioning local versions of European shows So Not Ok and The Bully Project.

Based on a Swedish format, So Not Ok combines sketches, practical experiments and research data to investigate what is deemed to be appropriate public behaviour.

A Dutch creation, The Bully Project sees victims secretly filming their lives for a day before the footage is shown to classmates and the bully.

The format deals were announced at MipTV by ABC head of content and creative development Adrian Swift.

The Swedish adaptation will be retitled You Can.t Do That In Public, a co-production between the ABC and Screentime.

Produced by Sweden's Elk Entertainment, the original debuted on TV3 last year and has been renewed.

Each week two comedians test the limits of unwritten everyday rules, such as: Is it Ok to bring your children to work - and what.s a valid reason? Can you
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Review: Bully

Bully

Review by Dan Clark

The topic of bullying has become quite a hot button issue in the last few years. We as a nation and as species have seen the horrific effects bullying can cause. With such an onslaught of tragedy the world has conducted a ceaseless debate and examination into what could possibly be done to counteract such a hostile concern. Lee Hirsch latest documentary Bully takes on that task by examining the lives of the children and families that have been affected by bullying. It paints a comprehensive picture of the victims by showing a wide range of those who have been negatively impacted by it. Although Bully does succeed at putting a face on this universal dilemma, it falters at providing any type of insightful context on the issue. While it will no doubt elicit an emotional response with its depiction of the absolute cruelty of human nature,
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Meet the 2013 SXSW Filmmakers #44: Alicia Dwyer's "Xmas Without China" Offers A Surprising Change of Pace for Documentarian

Meet the 2013 SXSW Filmmakers #44: Alicia Dwyer's
On first glance, "Xmas Without China" seems to be a surprising next subject for Alicia Dwyer, the filmmaker who last brought us "Bully" and "Pandemic: Facing Aids." But the film's humor is filled with an undercurrent of social commentary, discussing America's reliance on foreign goods and our holiday traditions that blend to make one of the festival's more fascinating documentaries. What it's about: A Chinese immigrant challenges his American neighbors to survive the Christmas season without any Chinese products. Tell Us About Yourself: Alicia’s work recently appeared in theaters nation-wide in Bully, distributed by The Weinstein Company, for which she directed key material with the main character, Alex. Alicia was a director on The Calling, a four-hour PBS series that was a flagship of the 2010 Independent Lens season. She was associate producer of the 2004 Emmy Award-nominated HBO series Pandemic: Facing AIDS and of the 2001 Academy Award-winning feature...
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Anderson Cooper Follows Up with 'Bully' Victims on New CNN Special

If you haven't taken the time to watch the documentary Bully, you're missing out on a compelling probe into the world of adolescents, the sad, unnecessarily dangerous lives of those who are bullied, and the effect is has on their families. The documentary from Lee Hirsch followed five kids and their families over the course of a school year and highlighting a variety of stages each is enduring in the face of and in the wake of bullying that has gone too far. It's heartbreaking and inspiring, and every parent, child, teacher and student should see it. Now journalist Anderson Cooper is following up with some of the subjects for a CNN special called The Bully Effect, and thankfully, it shows the progress of some of these bullied kids. Watch! Here's the trailer for The Bully Effect, premiering tonight on CNN at 10pm Est: The Bully Effect reveals how individuals
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“Bully” it’s time to take a stand!

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This Thursday join The Bully Project and CNN for a day of action against bullying! Set your DVR’s for 10pm Est, as CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 will be debuting the hour long special “The Bully Effect”, a chronicle of how Bully as a raw, powerful documentary helped ignite an inspirational, grassroots anti-bullying social movement over the course of a year. Last spring, tastemakers around the globe joined together to amplify the message that bullying impacts over 13 million children per year. That action in partnership with Twitter reached over 232 Million People – making it one of the most effective organic actions ever on Twitter. We must continue building on this momentum to help end bullying and this Thursday, we will do just that with your help. Be a part of the conversation by getting on twitter and tweeting the following throughout the day on Thursday: I’m standing with @AC360 & @bullymovie
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New to Blu-ray: Skyfall, The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, Weeds Season Eight and More

This week on Blu-ray the latest James Bond film hits home video, a swell new coming of age pic is released, and the final season of a Showtime staple hits HD. Briefly: Skyfall (Blu-ray/ DVD + Digital Copy) - $19.99 (50% off) The Perks of Being a Wallflower [Blu-ray] - $16.99 (32% off) Bully [Blu-ray] - $12.99 (57% off) The Kid with a Bike (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] - $30.38 (24% off) The Man with the Iron Fists (Two-Disc Combo Pack: Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet) - $22.99 (34% off) Nurse Jackie: Season Four [Blu-ray] - $24.99 (37% off) The Sessions [Blu-ray] - $19.99 (33% off) Silent Hill: Revelation (Two-Disc Combo Pack: Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet) - $22.99 (34% off) Weeds: Season Eight [Blu-ray] - $19.99 (50% off) Hit the jump for special features details. Bully [Blu-ray] The anti-bullying documentary comes with the theatrical cut and a “special version” of the film that’s edited for a younger audience, though this new cut is only available on the Blu-ray. The extras also include a batch of deleted scenes,
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The Neutered "Bully" Loses Its Ability to Fight

The subject of bullying in America’s schools has received lots of press in the last few years thanks in large part to the internet video movements offering support to gay or otherwise unfortunate youngsters in need of reassurance that there’s a light at the end of the sometimes dark, lonely tunnel of adolescence. Director Lee Hirsch’s documentary, Bully, claimed it wanted to shed light on the hostile conditions in our academic institutions and raise awareness so that some real change could occur—but it never really does that. All we really get are the neutered, fractured stories of a few youths reacting to bullying in different ways and the very unhelpful tactics of incompetent school administrators who come within inches of telling victims “they were asking for it”. Bully doesn’t break any new ground and it certainly doesn’t show us anything particularly shocking to move
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Five Questions with Bully Director Lee Hirsch

Far more insidious than strep or the flu, Lee Hirsch’s Bully investigates a different sort of contagion infiltrating classrooms across the country. Centering on the South and Midwest — Georgia, Iowa, Texas, Mississippi, and Oklahoma — Hirsch and his crew peer into the lives of families and children that are dismantled and uprooted by relentless acts of bullying. While most surrender to the cyclical ostracizing, downplaying the shame before their parents and superiors, others seek solace in suicidal measures. Following its premiere at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival, Bully shocked and educated audiences with its frank portrayal of the ramifications …
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Take a Stand! And Win a ‘Bully’ DVD Pack

One of the most popular and powerful documentaries of last year, Lee Hirsch’s Bully is a film about the continuing crisis of bullying, which affects kids nationwide. In our own review, we call it “an intense, heartbreaking movie that every parent and school official should see.” Now it’s also a particularly important topic relevant to discussions of school violence. And it finally arrives on home video this Tuesday (February 12) on the heels of winning the Audience Choice award at the 2013 Cinema Eye Honors and finishing out the year as the fourth highest-grossing doc of 2012. You can go ahead and buy a copy right away, or you can try to win a DVD from Film School Rejects, and we’ll throw in a couple promotional anti-bullying rubber wristbands, on which are printed “It’S Time To Take A Stand.” The DVD, from Anchor Bay Entertainment and The Weinstein Compay, features
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2013 Producers Guild Award winners: 'Argo,' 'Homeland,' 'Modern Family' and more

The Producers Guild Awards were awarded on Saturday (Jan. 26). Often considered the precursor to the Academy Awards, both the television and movie producing awards were handed out at the Beverly Hilton.

Among the big award winners of the night were "Argo," "Homeland," "Wreck-It Ralph," "Modern Family" and "The Colbert Report."

Check out the full listing of winners here.

Special awards

Norman Lear Achievement Award

J.J. Abrams, presented by Jennifer Garner

Stanley Kramer Award

"Bully," producers Lee Hirsch and Cynthia Lowen, presented by Bradley Cooper

David O. Selznick Achievement Award

Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner of Working Title, presented by Anne Hathaway

Visionary Award

Russell Simmons, presented by LL Cool J

TV awards

The Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama

"Homeland" (Showtime)

Producers: Henry Bromell, Alexander Cary, Michael Cuesta, Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon, Chip Johannessen, Michael Klick, Meredith Stiehm

The Danny Thomas Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television,
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Producers Guild of America 2013 Awards Posted Here

PGA Awards 2013 winners Update: Ben Affleck’s Argo wins Theatrical Motion Picture PGA Award. Argo producer Ben Affleck tells Steve Pond “I had totally convinced myself they were going to read another name.” Affleck’s fellow Argo producers are George Clooney and Grant Heslov. The Producers Guild of America is currently handing out its PGA Awards in a handful of film and television categories. Contenders for the PGA Award in the Theatrical Feature category include Ben Affleck’s Argo, Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty, Benh Zeitlin’s Beasts of the Southern Wild, Sam MendesSkyfall, Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, Ang Lee’s Life of Pi, and David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook. [Note: This post will be continually updated, as more PGA Award winners are announced.] [See also: PGA Awards predictions and the possibility of The Weinstein Company threepeating this year.) Robert De Niro, one of the Oscar-nominated stars of The Weinstein Company's Silver Linings Playbook was one of the presenters of the Milestone Award to Bob and Harvey Weinstein. As quoted by TheWrap's Steve Pond on Twitter, De Niro explained, "When (the Weinsteins) came to me with a movie about mental illness, I thought, which brother do they want me to play?" As for fellow Weinstein admirer Quentin Tarantino, whose Django Unchained was also distributed by TWC and whose Pulp Fiction was distributed by the Weinsteins' Miramax, he let the crowd know that "As far as I'm concerned, [Harvey Weinstein] is the only game in town.” In his acceptance speech, The Only Game in Town called Steven Spielberg’s 20th Century Fox-distributed Lincoln a masterpiece, and added: “For everybody whose movie I didn’t acquire over the years,
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