Bullies & Friends Documentary Film

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Raised by 79 people in 37 months

According to the Centers for Disease Control, "Bullying among school age children is a major public health problem". The CDC has also shown the connection between bullying and depression in teens, and in some tragic instances, the connection between bullying and suicide.

The CDC 
states "Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death among children ages 10 - 24".

Our 2-hour documentary film, BULLIES AND FRIENDS  which provides solutions to bullying to teens, schools, parents, and communities, was made in order to prevent bullying, to be an educational resource for schools, and to prevent future teen suicides related to bullying. 

Right now, the film is in final post-production and is being prepared for global release on television, DVD, web streaming outlets. 

But we need the community's help to provide for the costs of prepping a film technically for multi-platforms of distribution as each platform whether its Netflix, iTunes, DVD, TV require different formatting. The film also must provide for FCC required Closed Captioning, E&O Insurance that all TV shows and movies must have; legal costs, sound and music production in studio, studio color, licensing, websites, production costs, equipment. 

We're offering Film Perks from contributed by Emmy award-winning actors/producers, and award-winning authors, filmmakers, designers, for your support. And the film is offering various Film Perks where you can be part of our movement to prevent bullying and teen suicides. 

BULLIES AND FRIENDS received the UNITED NATIONS ASSOCIATION "Impact Filmmaking Award",
has been recognized as an Educational Resource to prevent bullying by academic outlets and organizations, and is being requested by schools, colleges from 14 countries, in addition to throughout the U.S. and Canada.  

This independent film was self-funded through in order to prevent another boy or girl from taking their life due to bullying and has had a tremendous effect at schools' focus group screenings of preview segments of the film.

Once the funding's raised, this movie can complete the technical work and be delivered to the film studio in Los Angeles standing by for the studio technical work so the film can be released globally.

ABOUT THE FILM

What makes this film unique is it provides solutions to bullying to teens, schools, parents, communities. 

 BULLIES AND FRIENDS  is listed as a bullying education resource in the University "Psychology" Textbook by MacMillan Education Inc. Publishing/Worth Publishers, New York.

In addition to providing solutions from experts, teens, the Film tells of bullying incidents across the globe including the story of Amanda Todd, who committed suicide due to bullying,  and other childrens' lives lost to bullying.

BULLIES AND FRIENDS explores the bullying epidemic by focusing on the true story of a 14 year-old girl named Dawn, who, after being bullied by three girls at her school and threatened with death, committed suicide. In her suicide note, she named those girls. It led to the landmark precedent setting court case where 3 teens stood trial for bullying, and utilized Restorative Justice.

VIDEO: Behind the scenes of why we made the documentary, and CDC bullying statistics:

BULLIES AND FRIENDS  is teamed with our friends at:
 the AMANDA TODD LEGACY and
NATIONAL VOICES for EQUALITY, EDUCATION & ENLIGHTENMENT in our combined effort to stop bullying and help teens across the globe with this special film

Our film team includes Award-Winning Filmmakers:

Cassidy McMillan
, Director, Writer & Producer 
Elisabeth Fies , Associate Producer, 2nd Unit Dir. of Photography
Brenda Fies , Associate Producer, 2nd Unit Sound

More of our Film Team  & Crew at  www.BulliesAndFriends.com

The FILM: 
BULLIES AND FRIENDS  includes bullying prevention solutions from experts and teens themselves, including the compelling interview with one of the teens who stood trial for bullying. She wanted to share her story in this film in order to prevent future tragedies and to let teens know what they can do right now to better communicate and to stop bullying.

BULLIES AND FRIENDS provides solutions from experts including Psychologist/NBC "TODAY" Show Contributor,  best -selling author Dr. Michele Borba:

And includes the interview with the Judge who presided over the landmark court case  and handed down the precedent setting ruling, including restorative justice aspects and a First Nations Sentencing Circle. The Judge's insight into the legal issues surrounding th ebullying crisis for teens provides invaluable information to educators, parents, and teens. 

PRESS/MEDIA on the 
 documentary film:

 DyNAMC Magazine - Jan. 2016 Issue "Changemakers" Our film's director selected as DyNAMC Magazine's Changemaker in the Film Industry

Crisis Prevention Institute:  article on Bullies and Friends 

CNN's Kyra Phillips, Rachel's Well Christine Eads, Co-Hosts of "The Mom Squad Show"; discuss Bullies And Friends

How to Reach Us:
Email: bulliesandfriendsfilm@gmail.com 
Film Official Site:  www.BulliesAndFriends.com
 Facebook Page: Like film page for updates 
  www.facebook.com/BulliesAndFriendsFilm 

Thank you for your support of our work to prevent bullying with release of this film.

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Thank you to all who've pledged support as a Film Backer for this bullying/suicide prevention independent documentary's Television and DVD release. We're a short way away from raising the needed funds to get this film out globally so please Share this important crowdfund www.gofundme.com/BulliesAndFriends with 3 friends, family members as we're hoping to get BULLIES AND FRIENDS movie released to schools this school year. Thank you on behalf of the families in the film, our dedicated film crew, and schools, kids and communities we're working to get the film to. If you'd like to be more involved or have your Company be an Official Corporate Sponsor & Listed in Movie's Credits, email us at bulliesandfriendsfilm@gmail.com or info@bulliesandfriends.com
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Hi everyone! "Bullies and Friends" was featured on WSVN-TV 7 News http://www.wsvn.com/story/29839819/expert-offers-tips-on-handling-bullying Miami in a news report where they said all Miami-Dade Public Schools want to show "BULLIES AND FRIENDS" this school year & add it to their curriculum!
We'd love to get it to ALL schools but still need to raise the rest of the required post/distribution costs: E&O Insurance $9500., Closed Captioning, Multi-Platforms of release and more. Thanks to everyone who's supported us! Please tell friends, family, educators, parents, schools so they can know about the fundraiser & pitch in -every dollar matters! Let companies know we're offering advertising with this acclaimed film to our audience of parents, students, schools, organizations! This will help complete funding required to get this education resource film that provides bullying solutions to schools and TV audiences! info@bulliesandfriends.com From the production team at BULLIES AND FRIENDS
WSVN TV News video report on our film!
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BULLIES AND FRIENDS Documentary movie has teamed with 2 organizations we've been working with to prevent bullying, youth suicides: AMANDA TODD LEGACY and NVEEE: NATIONAL VOICES FOR EQUALITY EDUCATION & ENLIGHTENMENT. When you make a contribution (which you'll receive film gifts for with your contribution of $5 & up) our documentary will donate a % to the organizations. Upon film's release once the needed funds are raised, the film will be having special film events with these organizations in our joint efforts to prevent bullying. Our film and these 2 organizations are working to get this inspirational film that's been called "lifesaving" and was awarded the Impact Award from the United Nations Association to global release. The film upon release will be an education resource in schools and will make a difference globally. Thank you to everyone who's joining us on this important journey to release. Please share this fundraiser with friends, family, media & anyone who's been affected by bullying. Thank you on behalf of Bullies And Friends crew, the Amanda Todd Legacy and NVEEE.
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We're at 27% of GOAL toward Final Cut version to get to studio for final tech thanks to ALL of our backers and new backers all working with our indie film to make a difference to prevent child suicides related to bullying. Please share this campaign with at least 3 of your family, friends - it takes a global village to get an independent film with a cause released! But we are at 27%! And are this much closer to getting to the technical production master copy version to get to studio in Hollywood. 73% to go! www.gofundme.com/BulliesAndFriends
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$5,601 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 79 people in 37 months
Created January 18, 2015
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5 To Save Lives
Thank you for joining our film's cause to stop bullying. You'll Get A Twitter ShoutOut, our appreciation & special updates on the Film.
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TV SCRIPT from Show Produced by Emmy Award-Winning Actress CRYSTAL CHAPPELL "DAYS OF OUR LIVES", "THE GROVE" w AUTOGRAPHS from 17 SOAP STARS! (StandAloneItem)
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Karen Stilwell
13 months ago

Sorry so little, I am a filmmaker too just beginning the road you have traveled. You are my role model for how to do this right now on Go Fund Me. Good luck finishing ! What town are you working from? You said post was LA . I work with a post production company called Rough House Editorial in SF Call sometime if we can help with better prices 415.561.4544 , my number is 415.279.9472. Karen

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This story needs to be told.

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Sarah Conroy
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thank you for making this movie. I pray that no other child will ever have to feel as though they have no other option. God bless you for this film.

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