A short film titled The Bully, is making heavy waves and a definite impact on the fight against bullying. From Executive Producers Jacquelyn Wilson of Mynding My Own Bizness™ Entertainment, and Maurice Wilson of Black Moes Art Music Inc./NXT LVL Entertainment, and Director/Producer Gerald Barclay of Gee Bee Productions(famed Wu-Tang Video Director) comes a powerful short film that confronts the issue of bullying head on. The short film is based upon a single written by up and coming recording artist, Jiggy Jada.
The Bully tells the tale of a Muslim girl, “Erika”, who starts a new school and finds herself the victim of relentless bullying. In the resulting emotional turmoil, she finds allies and salvation in unexpected places. The Bully tackles not only the issues bullying, but that of racism, religion and sexuality. It is a story of intolerance, but also a story of kindness, forgiveness, and redemption. The film stars Staten Island teen actors, Charles Keppler and Sarah Altreche. Jiggy Jada makes her film debut, as well.
On January 10th, at Anthology Film Archives in New York, The Bully was screened by select VIP and Press. It garnered a standing ovation at the end of the filming. Phenomenal reviews have been sent to the Executive Producers and Director, and to Artist Jiggy Jada for her powerful single, Stop Bullying, for which the video was shown after the movie.
The short film has been entered into various prestigious film festivals. It is currently an official selection for the PAN African Film Festival 2013 in Los Angeles. The film is slated to premiere to the general public sometime between late February, early March.
The Artist Behind The Film
New to the Hip-Hop world and Film, a sure triple threat, but not in the way of a singer/dancer/actor; but as a writer/performer/activist; up and coming recording Artist, Jiggy Jada, also known as G.I. Jayne is setting the world ablaze with her music, her performance, and her heart. Jiggy Jada is making waves with her music, reminiscent of Old School Hip-Hop in the likes of Nas and Lauyrn Hill.
Within one short year, things have turned around for this gifted young lady. Making the decision to pursue her passion, Jiggy Jada set on the path to make her visions come to pass. Determined to see that Jiggy Jada got where she needed to be, her mother, Jacquelyn Wilson became her daughter's manager.
Putting a whole new spin on the term momanger, Ms. Wilson, a previous hip-hop artist herself, took the reigns to make sure that Jiggy Jada was treated fairly and navigated the waters of the music business safely. CEO of Mynding My Own Bizness™ Entertainment,(M.M.O.B), Ms. Wilson is managing her daughter's career with precision and determination to make certain that her Artist receives all that her talents warrant.
Inspiration For The Film
Rewind to this previous summer. Having had her brother be the victim of bullying, Jiggy Jada, upon the request of her management team, penned a song against bullying: Stop Bullying. The single was performed at a fund-raising event to rave reviews.
The single had a major impact on both the artist and her management team. MMOB retained the director they used for their first music video, Take A Ride, Gerald Barclay, to do the music video for the new single. During the meeting, Ms. Wilson realized that is was more than a video. Partnering with her brother, Maurice Wilson of Black Moes Art Music Inc./NXT LVL Entertainment , they created: The Stop Bullying Project. They teamed up with Director/Producer Gerald Barclay to be at the helm to produce the short film. Arlene Sorkin, director of Illuminart Productions was brought on as a consultant.
The Stop Bullying Project
It's more than just a film. The Bully is just one part of the project. It is a film, a song, a video...a movement. A movement to put an end to bullying; to bring recognition and help to those that are the victims of bullying, but also to those that are doing the bullying.
The Stop Bullying Project seeks to bring about change, and start discussions that will bring light and possible answers to the problem of bullying. There has been a phenomenal increase in the acts of violence taking place in the lives of young children. As parents themselves, the Executive Producers and Director of the film want the message to be taken world-wide. And perhaps, through this short, but powerful film, lives, hearts and minds can be changed.
For more information on the film, Artist Jiggy Jada, and to view the trailer to this powerful film, be sure to visit their websites at: www.thestopbullyingproject.com and www.jiggyjada.com