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"Bully" Director in Cleveland Saturday

By Rich Heldenfels Published: May 2, 2012

The official word:

BULLY director Lee Hirsch will be hosting post-screening Q&A’s on Saturday, May 5th following the 4:40 PM and 9:20 PM showings of his film at the Cedar Lee Theatre (2163 Lee Rd., Cleveland Hts.).

Mr. Hirsch will be coming to Cleveland thanks to the city’s first place finish in an online national contest on “Clevelanders are passionate about films and filmmakers so we are honored to host Mr. Hirsch at the Cedar Lee Theatre,” says Jonathan Forman, President of Cleveland Cinemas. “Having the director here for Q&A’s will allow audiences a rare privilege to speak with the man behind this important film.”

About BULLY: Over 13 million American kids will be bullied this year, making it the most common form of violence experienced by young people in the nation. The new documentary film BULLY, directed by Sundance and Emmy-award winning filmmaker Lee Hirsch, brings human scale to this startling statistic, offering an intimate, unflinching look at how bullying has touched five kids and their families. BULLY is a beautifully cinematic, character-driven documentary. At its heart are those with huge stakes in this issue whose stories each represent a different facet of America’s bullying crisis.

Filmed over the course of the 2009/2010 school year, BULLY opens a window onto the pained and often endangered lives of bullied kids, revealing a problem that transcends geographic, racial, ethnic and economic borders. It documents the responses of teachers and administrators to aggressive behaviors that defy “kids will be kids” clichés, and it captures a growing movement among parents and youths to change how bullying is handled in schools, in communities and in society as a whole. BULLY is distributed by The Weinstein Company and is rated PG13.

About LEE HIRSCH (Director/Producer/Cinematographer/Writer): Lee Hirsch’s debut film, AMANDLA! A REVOLUTION IN FOUR PART HARMONY, is a feature documentary chronicling the history of the South African anti-apartheid struggle through a celebration of its musical heroes. This film was released to wide acclaim, winning the Audience and Freedom of Expression Awards at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival. Among the many honors the film received were five Emmy nominations and a win. Lee Hirsch was born and raised on Long Island, New York, and attended the Putney School in Vermont and Hampshire College. He currently lives in Manhattan. Tickets to see BULLY are $9.00 for adults, $6.00 for seniors 60 and over and children 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased at the box office or at

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