Acception World Premiere a Huge Success
Campaign to solve America's bullying epidemic kicks off with a
On March 30, over one
hundred educators, administrators, policy makers, and students came together
for the World Premiere of Acception, a groundbreaking film and
educational campaign to solve the bullying epidemic!
"Bullying is real...and it hurts!
It happens everywhere, everyday. The problem is that we haven't had real
solutions to solve this problem. That is, until today," commented
Director/Producer Christopher Doyle as he spoke on Acception's
solutions-based approach to bullying prevention.
The event also
featured a talk by Betsy Gallun, Supervisor of Health Education, Prince
George's County, MD and a panel discussion of middle and high school students
from the Washington, DC area that was moderated by WHUR's Molette Green.
Many who attended the
event were deeply inspired. After viewing the film, a young person in
attendance commented: "Acception made me understand why people
are bullied and learn how I should prevent this. We are humans, equals, no
matter who you choose to love."
Alongside the student panelists, administrators and
teachers also discussed their experiences and frustrations with the bullying
epidemic, providing insight as to "what works" in their communities.
One educator in attendance believed that "Acception will
encourage people to be proactive about the problem of bullying. This is the
first time I've felt this way about a bullying (campaign)."
Director/Producer Christopher Doyle expressed the
heart of Acception by saying: "Accepting and appreciating
differences doesn't necessarily mean that we need to endorse another person's
sexual orientation, religion, political views, or behavior ... however; it does
mean that we need to love and respect each other! Dr. Martin Luther King taught
us this when he said: "Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can
do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."
trailer for Acception, our groundbreaking new film that follows
four students as they perform a classroom assignment on bullying and lesbian,
gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) issues.