The Six Dollar Fifty Man: The World Gets a New Hero

The Six Dollar Fifty Man: The World Gets a New Hero

The Six Dollar Fifty Man is an inspiring short film directed by Mark Albiston and Louis Sutherland, produced at New Zealand’s Sticky Pictures for NZ Shorts. The award-winning short film premiered with Special Distinction in Cannes 2009, received the Jury Prize for Filmmaking at Sundance 2010 and was nominated for Best Live Action Short Film at the 2011 Academy Awards.

The Six Dollar Fifty Man tells the story of eight-year-old Andy, who is forced to cope with daily struggles against bullying and abuse at a suppressive elementary school in rural New Zealand. The gutsy little boy has created a fantasied superhero world, in which his wild imagination allows him to perform extraordinary physical feats to withstand pain, scale buildings and leap from tall rooftops to deal with the school bullies and his constantly disparaging teacher. However, when Andy gets into trouble with the headmaster, he realizes that in order to save himself and his only friend, he must find the courage to confront his problems in the real world.

The Six Dollar Fifty Man: The World Gets a New Hero

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Losers: Walking Through a World of Insults

Losers: Walking Through a World of Insults

Losers is a new, emotionally touching two-minute short film by Everynone, with brilliant sound design and an ethereal score by Keith Kenniff. Losers is an anti-bullying film that not only effectively conveys its message, but is visually stimulating as well. The film brings you face to face with how racial slurs, anti-gay taunts, and other insults and actions can hurt others.

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In Memoriam: Tyler Clementi (1992-2010)

In Memoriam: Tyler Clementi (1992-2010)

Our hope is that our family’s personal tragedy will serve as a call for compassion, empathy, and human dignity.”

-Family of Tyler Clementi

Tyler Clementi was an 18-year-old Rutgers University freshman when he jumped from the George Washington Bridge in an apparent suicide in September 2010, days after he had been secretly filmed during an intimate encounter which was then broadcast on the Internet.

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Dunny: The Weight of a Man

Dunny: The Weight of a Man

Dunny is a  dreamy, but very sad short film by Philip Van, which was a Grand Jury Finalist at the 2007 Raindance Film Festival.  The film tells the story of an over-weight and bullied boy, who nonetheless is resolute in his courtship of a popular girl.  It pulls no punches as Dunny attempts to give the girl a note expressing his feelings and is surprisingly invited over for dinner by her mom, which leads to even more embarrassment.

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ZooLogic: A Penguin and Gorilla’s Comedic Revolt Against a Pompous Zookeeper Bully

ZooLogic: A Penguin and Gorilla’s Comedic Revolt Against a Pompous Zookeeper Bully

ZooLogic is an unexpectedly hilarious, widely acclaimed 4-minute animated short film directed by Nicole Mitchell. The animated short was both the Development Award Winner and the Grand Jury Award Winner at the 2007 Nickelodeon Animation Festival; ZooLogic then went on to win the 2008 Student Academy Award Gold Medal in Animation.  The vintage-looking, hand-drawn film tells the story of a pompous, over-controlling zookeeper who forces his animals to look and behave as he thinks the public would expect.  This is much to the dismay of a lonely gorilla whose prized stuffed red toy is grabbed and thrown away, and to the annoyance of the lemur whose tail is painfully combed begrudgingly into a heavy display.

The zookeeper’s absolute rule begins to falter, however, when he encounters a fat little penguin, who refuses to be whipped into shape by him.  The mischievously comedic little penguin quickly gives the zookeeper his comeuppance, then teams up with the gorilla to lead the zoo’s other animals through a successful revolution comprised of a hilarious ensuing chain of events.  As an important analogy for children and young people, the animals come together against the zookeeper like children rallying to overcome a bully, but in a humorously light manner that young audiences can digest.

ZooLogic: A Penguin and Gorilla’s Comedic Revolt Against a Pompous Zookeeper Bully

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I Get Wet: A Love Story for the Ages

I Get Wet: A Love Story for the Ages

I Get Wet is a short film that was co-written by an amazing afterschool class of elementary school children at the Grace Church School in Lower Manhattan and Benh Zeitlin. Benh Zeitlin directed the award-winning Glory at Sea, a film that was set in Post-Katrina New Orleans. Zeitlin is a member of the acclaimed film collective Court 13, which is a renowned ensemble group of collaborative filmmakers and performers.

I Get Wet begins as a dark tale of school bullying, about an 8 year-old who is constantly being tormented by a secret gang of girls in his elementary school. It turns out to be an adorable short film about a little boy, his best friend Super Dog and the strains placed on their close friendship because he didn’t want to be stuffed into a trash can every single day for the rest of his life. However, by the end of the film, I Get Wet reveals itself to be a true love story for the ages.

I Get Wet: A Love Story for the Ages

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