It’s an evil that often flies “under the radar.”
But “bullying” -- a form of “youth violence” -- is frequently given short shrift. And according to the CDC, that objectionable conduct ranges from “unwanted aggressive behavior” to any “observed or perceived power imbalance” which inflicts “physical, psychological, social and/or educational harm.”
The underlying statistics are daunting. Here in the U.S., for example, one in five high school students have reported an incident involving kicking, hitting, screaming, spitting, tripping, punching, and/or pushing, while some 15% were harassed electronically: online or by text.
Given that reality, when I heard Paul James Houghton was doing a film on bullying and cyber-bullying, I had to get involved. “FROM UNDER THE BRIDGE,” shares the story of a high school student trying to navigate through her depression (triggered, in part by the loss of her mom and the constant attacks she faces at the hands of her classmates). Per chance, she encounters a caring teenage boy, who offers the prospect of lifting her from the darkness and changing her life’s course. But is it all as it appears?
Starring Piper Reese, Luc Clopton, and Sara Wolfkind, this captivating tale is certain to keep you on the edge of your seats …. And now, YOU have a chance to see this award-winning film, as it will be screened on Wednesday (September 15, 2021 @ 8 PM), at the Pasadena International Film Festival (Pasadena Playhouse 7).
And should you decide to join us, well … bully for you!
To check out some of Lucas's other projects, please visit: https://www.imdb.me/lucasaferrara