Media Making a Difference

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Media Making a Difference headerWith excitement, Aurora and partners The Loft Cinema, Tucson Jewish International Film Festival, and Fund for Civility, Respect, and Understanding announce four extraordinary and powerful films in the 1st Annual Media Making a Difference film series that begins October 10, 2013.

The 2013-2014 film series, “The Last Bully: Stopping Epidemics of Violence”
includes these distinguished films:

Submit the Documentary: The Virtual Reality of Cyberbullying [10.10.13]
What Killed Kevin? [12.05.13]
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest [02.05.14]
Combat Girls [03.27.14]

Bullying is an epidemic that knows no boundaries.The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) cite bullying as a national health issue. Bullying results in long-lasting, negative effects for targets, bystanders, families, workplaces, and communities — and indeed the bully. The wide-spread acceptance of bullying as a public health risk for children and adults, especially for people with disabilities and other high risk groups, calls for communities, families, businesses, schools, faith based groups along with commonsense policies, that work together in synchrony to take actions that stop epidemics of violence — beginning with bullying and too often resulting in horrifically violent actions toward many others.


10.10.13  WOW!  WHAT A GREAT FILM!

Submit the Documentary: The Virtual Reality of Cyberbullying
(United States, Spring 2013).
6:30 PM

The Loft Cinema
3233 E Speedway Blvd, Tucson AZ
General audiences

This is an important film for both children, parents with children in school, and all adults.
Film Synopsis: “The way we hurt each other has evolved.™ In today’s digital generation, we stay in touch with the world and our friends through our phones, tablets and laptops. Digital devices are glued to our hands. Texting and social media are vital to staying in touch with friends and connecting with new people. Most children and young adults use social media to connect, but it has also turned into the latest tool for bullying and harassment. It is easy to be invisible online. Submit the Documentary is a film that is informative and all too telling of a serious social phenomenon confronting our children and their well-being. Submit features interviews from affected teens, parents of victims, educators, experts and law enforcement as they tackle this worldwide issue, while offering solutions to this complicated problem.” http://www.submitthedocumentary.com/aboutacyberbullyingfilm

Submit the Documentary film makers will be present. A panel discussion with the film makers and Q&A with audience members follow. More to come.


12.05.13   A HUGE IMPACT ON THE AUDIENCE!

What Killed Kevin?
(United States, October 2012)
7:00 PM

Jewish Community Center,
3800 E River Rd, Tucson AZ
Admission: 17 years and older.

Film Synopsis: “One summer morning, Kevin Morrissey, managing editor at the Virginia Quarterly Review, walked to an abandoned coal tower, then dialed 911 to report a shooting before turning his gun on himself. After hearing evidence of discord between Kevin and his boss, Kevin’s sister Maria contacted the Workplace Bullying Institute and agreed to use Kevin’s case to pursue protective legislation. Even before Kevin’s death, filmmaker Beverly Peterson had been exploring workplace bullying, a condition which afflicts millions of Americans and can lead to severe anxiety, depression, and debilitating physical harm. After hearing of Kevin, Peterson traveled to Virginia to follow the story and developed a film that examines Kevin’s case. What Killed Kevin? is a documentary that ultimately questions the nature of bullying itself.” http://www.whatkilledkevin.com/#!synopsis/c2524

What Killed Kevin? film maker Beverly Peterson will be present. Following the film, four individuals with expertise and experiences in addressing workplace dynamics are panelists. They and film maker Beverly Peterson discuss factors that foster and sustain workplace bullying and actions to take to stop it. Audience members participate in Q&A. More to come.


02.05.14  DON’T MISS THIS CLASSIC! Bullying in an institutional setting. (Adult content)

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
(United States, United Artists,
November, 1975)
7:00 PM

Jewish Community Center,
3800 E River Rd, Tucson AZ
Admission: 17 years and older.

Film Synopsis: “McMurphy, a man with several assault convictions to his name, finds himself in jail once again. This time, the charge is statutory rape when it turns out that his girlfriend had lied about being eighteen, and was, in fact, fifteen (or, as McMurphy puts it, ‘fifteen going on thirty-five’). Rather than spend his time in jail, he convinces the guards that he’s crazy enough to need psychiatric care and is sent to a hospital. He fits in frighteningly well, and his different point of view actually begins to cause some of the patients to progress. Nurse Ratched becomes his personal cross to bear as his resistance to the hospital routine gets on her nerves.” The film is considered to be one of the greatest American films. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0073486/plotsummary?

Director: Milos Forman
Starring: Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, William Redfield, Brad Dourif, Danny DeVito, Sydney Lassick, Christopher Lloyd, Will Sampson
More to come.


03.27.14   TICKET SALES ALREADY OPEN!  (ADULT CONTENT)

Combat Girls 
(Germany, 2011; English subtitles)
7:00 PM

The Loft Cinema
3233 E Speedway Blvd, Tucson AZ
Admission: 17 years and older.

Film Synopsis: “Marisa, a 20-year-old German girl, hates foreigners, Jews, cops, and everyone she finds guilty for the decline of her country. She provocates, drinks, fights and her next tattoo will be a portrait of Adolf Hitler. The only place she feels home is the Neo-Nazi gang she belongs to, where hate, violence, and heavy parties are the daily rules. When 14-year-old Svenja joins the group, Marisa appears like a role model to her: she fits the purest idea of a combat girl fighting for the group’s ideology. But Marisa’s convictions will slowly evolve when she accidentally meets a young Afghan refugee. Confronted by him, she will learn that the black and white principles of her gang are not the only way. Will Marisa ever be able to get out of this group?” http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1890373/plotsummary?ref_=tt_ov_pl

Director: David Wnendt
Starring: Alina Levshin, Jella Haase, Sayed Ahmad
More to come.