We recently co-produced an anti-bullying film titled “Charity.” It is a short drama about a teenage girl, Katherine, who is being terribly bullied by her “friend.” To escape the hurt she feels, Katherine starts a charity that she can focus on instead of being emotionally abused by the mean girl. When the charity becomes successful, the bully intensifies her attack and does the unthinkable. Faced with fear and uncertainty, will Katherine learn to stand up to the aggression and rise above it?
We intend to show “Charity” in school assemblies as an opening for discussion, and ask the teenagers what they would do if they were being bullied and threatened. Did our lead character do the right thing? What should the parents of the bully have done? What should the school have done?
“Charity” has already attracted the support of the Puffin Foundation, and many private donors. Please donate whatever you can to help finance the completion of this important film. We are still fundraising and we need your support.
“Charity” was written and directed by Alexander Haney, an award-winning young filmmaker who’s first film, “Bookstore,” received 16 awards and was the official selection of 37 film festivals. Visit www.AlexanderHaney.net to learn more about him.
“He’s done a great job with his message here. I absolutely loved the way Katherine becomes empowered over time and rises above what she has gone through. It’s such a message of hope for those kids who think ‘This will never end.’ … Please give Alex my thanks for tackling this subject in a compelling way.” ~Cindy Waitt, Executive Producer of Academy Award-Nominated Film, “Bully”
“Our Board was impressed with the nature of your proposal and the commitment you have made to fulfill the objectives outlined in your request.. We wish you good luck and success in your important endeavor.” ~Gladys Miller-Rosenstein, Executive Director of the Puffin Foundation