• BY Lee Hirsch | IN Social Justice
    Premiered October 13, 2014

About the Film

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. 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 as they cope in different ways with relentless cruelty while trying to fit in. MORE

Filmed over the course of a single school year, Bully sheds new light on the pained and often endangered lives of bullied kids today, revealing a problem that transcends geographic, racial, ethnic, and economic borders. It documents the responses of teachers and administrators to aggressive behaviors that go beyond “kids will be kids” clichés, and captures a growing movement among parents and youths to change how bullying is handled in schools, in communities, and in society as a whole.


The Filmmaker

Lee Hirsch, Director/Producer/Cinematographer/Writer

Headshot of Bully filmmaker Lee Hirsch.Lee Hirsch made his film debut with the critically acclaimed documentary Amandla! A Revolution in Four Part Harmony, which chronicled the history of South Africa’s anti-apartheid struggle through a celebration of its musical heroes. This film won the Audience and Freedom of Expression Awards at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival, as well as an Emmy.

Lee founded two organizations: Local Voices, a Super PAC that has raised over one million dollars to produce and place positive political advertising and strategy; and The BULLY Project, the social action campaign that grew out of the film Bully and for which he serves as Executive Director. As a social entrepreneur, Hirsch lectures globally on filmmaking, bullying, and social change.

Hirsch also directs commercials and other filmed entertainment for Moxie Pictures, and is the coeditor ofBULLY: An action plan for teachers and parents to combat the bullying crisis (Weinstein Books). Lee grew up in Rockville Center, New York, and attended Hampshire College. He lives in Brooklyn. LESS

Film Credits

A Film by
Lee Hirsch

Directed by
Lee Hirsch

Produced by
Lee Hirsch and Cynthia Lowen

Executive Producer
Cindy Waitt

Edited by
Lindsay Utz
Jenny Golden

Cinematography by
Lee Hirsch

Music by
Ion Furjanic
Bishop Allen

Ja’meya Jackson
Kelby, Londa and Bob Johnson
Alex, Jackie, Philip, Maya, Jada, Ethan and Logan Libby
Kim Lockwood
David, Tina, Teryn and Troy Long
Devon Matthews
Barbara Primer
Kirk and Laura Smalley
Trey Wallace

2nd Unit Director
Alicia Dwyer

Associate Producer
Sarah Foudy

Additional Cinematography by
Cole Cassell
Cody and Jamie Dulock
Josh Gilbert
Duane Hart
Billy Montross
Andy Owen
Philip Scarborough

Consulting Editor
Enat Sidi

Additional Editing by
Greg Astor
Diane Paragas

Post Production Supervisor
Mary Angelica Molina

Post Production Sound
Services Provided by
Skywalker Sound

Supervising Sound Editor
Christopher Barnett

Sound Designers
Gary Rydstrom
Al Nelson

Sound Effects Editors
Bob Edwards

Re-Recording Mixers
Pete Horner
Christopher Barnett
Tony Sereno

Assistant Re-Recording Mixer
Scott R. Lewis

Tony Villaflor

Project Manager
Josh Lowden

Production Manager
Jonathan Greber

Additional Sound Editing
Tom Paul

Post Production Assistants
Brett Brownell
Leslie Norville
Kaoru Wang

Film Recording Producer
Ralph Costanza

Music Supervisor
Brooke Wentz

2nd Unit Cinematographer
Michael Dwyer

Written by
Cynthia Lowen Lee Hirsch

Field Sound Recordists
Kabe Cornell
Jesse Dwyer
Steven Gottlieb
Damion Haux

Online Editor
Michael Pullano

Assistant Editors
Holly Buechel
Anna Hovhannessian
Lori McCarthy
Gratianne Quade
Nicole Woo

Post Production Services
Final Frame

Digital Intermediate Colorist
Will Cox

Digital Intermediate Online Editor
Owen Rucker
Sandy Patch

Digital Intermediate Producer
Caitlin Tartaro

Post Production Facility
Gigantic Studios

Post Production Tech Support
Perry Levy

Project Manager
Steven Tollen

Legal Services Provided by
Gray, Krauss, Des Rochers

Development Advisor
Jordon Roberts

Educational Consultant
Dr. Alan Heisterkamp

Distribution Advisors
Josh Braun
David Koh
Amanda Lebow

David Amato
Abbey Chaus
Jennifer Cordery
Ann Orrin
Kyler Schmitz
Jeff Shinker

Archive Materials Provided by
KFOR News Channel 4, Oklahoma City, OK
WTVC News Channel 9, Chattanooga, TN

“Teenage Dirtbag”
Written by Brendan Brown
Performed by Scala
Courtesy of Rhino Entertainment Group
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing

“Short Tux”
Written by Rob Burger
Performed by Rob Burger
Courtesy of Tzadik

“To the Stars! To the Night!”
Written by Samuel McDonald Simkoff
Performed by Le Loup
Courtesy of Hardly Art

“Torn by Wolves”
Written by Ben Chasny
Performed by Six Organs of Admittance
Courtesy of Drag City

“From a Sinking Boat”
Written by Stephin Merritt
Performed by the Magnetic Fields
Courtesy of Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing

“Tasha and Rashid and Love Them Mashup”
Written by Ion Furjanic and Sanford Livingston
Performed by Force Theory
Courtesy of Ile de Force and Sanford Strollers

“This Body”
Written by Brian Miller
Performed by the Lightning Bug Situation
Courtesy of Brian Miller

Written by Christopher Bea, Daniel Rossen, Christopher Taylor, & Edward Droste
Performed by Grizzly Bear
Courtesy of Warp

Written by Padma Newsome & Bryce Dessner
Performed by Clogs
Courtesy of Brassland

“Busted Heart”
Written by Justin Rice and Christian Rudder
Performed by Bishop Allen
Courtesy of Superhyper

Special Thanks to all of the kids, families, and educators who shared their lives and stories.

Funding Provided by
The Waitt Institute for Violence Prevention
The Einhorn Family Charitable Trust
Because Foundation
National Center for Learning Disabilities
Mason Hirst Foundation
Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program
The Fledgling Fund
John S. Johnson III and Susan R. Short Foundation
The Woodruff Charitable Trust
Sophie Watts and Gregory Unruh
Henrietta Search
Debbie Ferruzzi and Eileen Siegel
Kerry O’Flaherty
And others.
A complete list is available from PBS.

This program was produced by Where We Live Films, which is solely responsible for its content.

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