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Cyber Bullying Video Made by D-38 Students Wins Film Festival Spot

March 13, 2012

Colorado Springs Gazette Article

Lewis Palmer Middle School Students Create Cyber Bullying Education Film

Fourteen-year-old M.J. Dooley and three other students produced and directed a five-minute public service announcement called “Cyberbullying”, which has been selected to be screened and judged at the National Film Festival for Talented Youth in Seattle next month. Their entry is among 200 chosen for the event that showcases the best filmmakers age 22 and younger. This year, 40 states and 20 countries are represented. More than 10,000 people are expected to attend.

The cyberbullying project was created in Lewis-Palmer’s LPTV class, where students create features and news for school video broadcasts.

“The kids wanted to do a public service announcement about cyberbullying after hearing that someone elsewhere in the country had committed suicide,” explained instructor Dan Marcus. The project winners are in an advanced class. Students can start taking video classes in 7th grade.

It took about a month to build the video from storyboard, and script to acting, filming and editing. Beside Dooley, those who worked on the project were Charlotte Backus, Savannah Olmstead, and Jesse Selvig.

The students wanted to emphasize how cyberbullying can hurt both victim and the bully, Dooley said. But for now, their biggest concern is raising money for the trip to Seattle April 26-29 for the film festival where there will be workshops and opportunities to meet with experts from top film companies and film schools. They must raise $3,500 for airfare, hotel and other costs.

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  1. jbmonco
    March 22, 2012 at 6:47 am

    This is such a great accomplishment by our D38 kids! Awesome. I hope the community can come together to help them with the money they need for airfare, hotels, etc.

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