LIKE US Movie (2019) – Official Trailer GDIFF #StopBullying
GOLDEN DOOR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
SEPTEMBER 21, 2019
LIKE US is an independent, anti-bullying short film about a topic that is close to many of us (myself and my brother included). It's a story about how self-identified misfits come together to achieve something greater, overcome their fears, and help one of their own. It's also a story about perseverance, belonging, and all of us.
As part of the media arts and filmmaking classes we offer, I was hired by the Family School Association Performing Arts Program in Jersey City, NJ, to lead the instructional writing team, direct, and produce a film for students and by students. We wanted to teach students how to create a story they could relate to while also solving an ethical dilemma in a positive way to inspire other students. The project spanned over 9 months, included over 80 students and adults, and was filmed at 6 locations across multiple neighborhoods in Jersey City, NJ.
Our goal is to build upon our work to create LIKE US Academy to teach film-creation with messages of acceptance in Jersey City and schools around the country in an effort to help as many students, families, and administrators as possible. With almost 40 hours of rehearsal and film footage captured, most of our 30+ scenes completed, and post-production on the horizon, we are almost there. LIKE US will be featured in the Golden Door International Film Festival in Fall 2019.