Monday, October 18, 2021

Crowdsourcing to raise money for an anti-bullying video


Four Sherwood High School students from Sandy Spring, Md., along with help from friends and teachers, wrote, starred in, and produced a four-minute video about bullying that will be shown in Los Angeles on Aug 9 as part of the reward for being named a finalist in the global No Bull Challenge, the Gazette reports.

As finalists in the video competition, all four girls have been invited to attend the red-carpet Teen Video Awards show and leadership conference. The problem is, only one ticket has been paid for, and all four really deserve to go. So Anya Mudryakova, Savannah Suser, Diane Trieu, and Emily Gilburt have set up a crowd-sourcing site, here, and a Facebook page, here, to raise money for their trip.

The video can only be described as inspiring and relevant to high school students who have been bullied, based on their real lives, right where they go to school and interact with others. It was completed as part of a class assignment and features no spoken dialog, just a haunting piano score underneath a surprising “what if.”

“While making the video, we had to look at how others view bullying, and learned that it is very real,” the Gazette quoted Ms Mudryakova as saying. “I think there will always be bullying, but we learned how important it is to be that one person, and what a difference reaching out to someone can make.”

I encourage all our readers to follow our lead and make a donation to these filmmakers’ trip to see the fruit of their labor and learn more about developing inspirational art for all our communities.

Good work, Anya, Savannah, Diane, and Emily (and friends)!!

Paul Katula
Paul Katula is the executive editor of the Voxitatis Research Foundation, which publishes this blog. For more information, see the About page.

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