Grants & Awards


– by Lee Hirsch

    1. Nonfiction

    2. Date Awarded: Summer 2009

    3. Directors(s): Lee Hirsch

    1. Producer(s): Cynthia Lowen

    2. Location: USA

    1. Film Status: Completed

    2. URL: » Bully site

    3. Distribution: The Weinstein Company

About the Film:

Bully is a beautifully cinematic, character-driven documentary. At its heart are those with huge stakes in this issue whose stories each represent a different facet of America’s bullying crisis. Bully follows five kids and families over the course of a school year. Stories include two families who have lost children to suicide and a mother awaiting the fate of her 14-year-old daughter who has been incarcerated after bringing a gun on her school bus. With an intimate glimpse into homes, classrooms, cafeterias and principals’ offices, the film offers insight into the often cruel world of the lives of bullied children. As teachers, administrators, kids and parents struggle to find answers, Bully examines the dire consequences of bullying through the testimony of strong and courageous youth. Through the power of their stories, the film aims to be a catalyst for change in the way we deal with bullying as parents, teachers, children and society as a whole.

About the Filmmakers:

Lee Hirsch (Director) Hirsch’s debut film, Amandla! A Revolution in Four Part Harmony, is a feature documentary chronicling the history of the South African anti-apartheid struggle through a celebration of its musical heroes. This film was released to wide acclaim, winning the Audience and Freedom of Expression Awards at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival. Among the many honors received were five Emmy nominations and a win. Hirsch was born and raised on Long Island, New York and attended the Putney School in Vermont, Hampshire College and the New York Film Academy.

Cynthia Lowen (Producer) Lowen recently produced the pilot episode of a new literary series for LinkTV called “Open Book” and has worked on programs for the History Channel and Films for the Humanities. She is the recipient of the Discovery/Boston Review Prize, and her work has been selected for inclusion in Best New Poets, edited by Mark Strand.

Festival & Award Highlights:

Tribeca 2011 – World Premiere
IDFA 2011
Los Angeles 2011
HotDocs 2011