There will be a showing of the award-winning movie “Bully” at the AMC Theater at Discover Mills in Lawrencevllle at 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19. Jen Falk, a candidate for the District 3 post on the Gwinnett Board of Education, procured the film for the showing in Gwinnett County.
“Ninety-seven percent of middle school students say they have been bullied while online, and 1 out of 4 teens are bullied every day,” said Falk in a press release announcing the film as part of a series of events she is sponsoring to raise awareness about bullying and preventing it. “The film ‘Bully’ is an eye-opening documentary-style account of how widespread bullying is, and I along with others in the community wanted to raise public awareness and create opportunities for dialogue as the school year begins.”
A speakers panel will be available to answer questions in the mall area outside the AMC Theater at Discover Mills beginning at 3 p.m. The panel will include David Long, parent of a child who died of bullycide featured in the film; Dr. Irma Starr of the Ben Marion Institute, Holland Levinson of the “No Place For Hate” initiative, and a teenage girl who has been the victim of cyberbullying.
Award-winning journalist Aileen Dodd will moderate a panel discussion at 3:30 p.m. followed by the movie showing.
Immediately following the film, the audience is invited to meet and talk with Falk at the Athens Kouzzina restaurant directly across from the movie theater. A portion of the receipts for those who stay for dinner will be donated to Falk’s campaign.
Falk is a resident of Berkeley Lake. The District 3 representative on the Gwinnett school board represents all or part of the Collins Hill, Duluth, Lanier, Norcross, North Gwinnett, and Peachtree Ridge clusters, as well as the Buice School, Monarch School, and New Life Academy of Excellence in Duluth.
The series includes a free event for children and teens to be presented from 5 to 6:45 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17, by Eddie Owen at the Red Clay Theatre in downtown Duluth. They can bring their instruments and jam with the band The Cumberland Collective or make a poster to enter in an anti-bullying poster contest.
The Cumberland Collective is a community of independent singer/songwriters and musicians from across the United States who are performing to support the anti-bullying initiative. Their concert begins at 8 p.m. Tickets may be obtained at votejenfalk.com.
Dr. Starr will conduct a free anti-bullying workshop, including exercises for school-aged kids, starting at 5 p.m. at the Red Clay Theatre.
Also, Jasmyn Wilkins, the 2012 Miss Georgia USA, will be appearing at the Friday event.