Lee Hirsch

Award-Winning Director of Bully

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Hirsch tackles issues of bullying by discussing how they affect students, their families, the schools and society at large. He takes audiences through the stages of Bully, starting with his own childhood, delving into the powerful scenes of the film, to actually creating a lasting movement.  He discusses his ideas behind Bully, what the process was like filming moments of bullying as they were happening and what he hopes the film will achieve — to show bullying as something that is absolutely undeniable or irrefutable. He engages audiences in “The Bully Project,” a social action campaign to end bullying that started as a result of the film. “The Bully Project” highlights solutions that both address immediate needs and lead to systemic change. Audiences will be moved, disturbed, and infuriated as they watch powerful and often gritty clips from the film, but motivated to join Hirsch in his crusade to stop the violence.

A phenomenal evening. The best event in the 6 years we’ve been doing our annual spring conference.

- Providence College

About Lee Hirsch

As filmmaker Lee Hirsch sees it, America is at a tipping point. He is talking about bullying. Hirsch, a former victim of bullying himself, started filming Bully in the fall of 2009. He spent the rest of that academic year in a handful of schools across the country, following five students and families trying to understand how bullying is handled within the schools.

The result is a beautifully cinematic, deeply felt, character-driven documentary which the Huffington Post called “the most important film of the year”.

Released to universal acclaim by the Weinstein Company, Bully became a cause celebre and spurred a national grassroots movement of parents, educators, celebrities, politicians and students. In 2013, the film won the prestigious Dupont award from Columbia University and Stanley Kramer award from the Producer’s Guild of America. Since the film’s premiere, Hirsch has presented his film and message at The White House and on Capitol Hill and raised millions of dollars, funding educational programs and free screenings for over 250,000 kids and 10,000 educators.

Speech Topics

  • A High Profile Screening of Bully with the Director
  • An Evening with Lee Hirsch
  • Building a 21st Century Social Movement
  • Culture of Kindness at the Workplace
  • The Bully Project: Putting an End to the Most Common Form of Violence Among Children

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