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Athena Cinema will screen 'BULLY' Oct. 1-4

Special panel discussion after 4 p.m. screening on Oct. 2

The Athena Cinema will bring the widely acclaimed documentary, "BULLY," to Athens on Oct. 1-4. A special panel discussion will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 2.

"School bullying has become a huge issue in our society and by hosting screenings and a panel discussion with members from the Ohio University faculty, Athens Community members and area educators, the Athena Cinema hopes to play an integral part in creating a discussion and raising awareness on the dangers of this issue," said Athena Cinema Managing Director Alexandra Kamody.

According to The Bully Project, more than 13 million American kids will be bullied this year, making it the most common form of violence experienced by young people in the nation. The new documentary film “BULLY," directed by Sundance and Emmy-award winning filmmaker, Lee Hirsch, brings human scale to this startling statistic, offering an intimate, unflinching look at how bullying has touched five kids and their families. For more information about The Bully Project, visit www.thebullyproject.com.

A special panel discussion will be held on Oct. 2 following the 4 p.m. screening of "BULLY." The panel will cover topics highlighted in the movie as they relate to their own organizations and personal experiences. The panel will end with audience questions. The panel moderator will be Christine Bhat and confirmed panelists at this time are Nancy Baur, Redina Dailey, Mara Giglio and Adam Safran.

Bhat is the 2012-2013 President of the Ohio Counseling Association (OCA) and an associate professor in counselor education. The OCA is the professional organization representing all licensed counselors, and those in graduate training to be counselors, in Ohio.

Baur graduated from Ohio University in 2001 with a bachelor's in education and was a special education teacher for 10 years working with children with severe mental disabilities as well as emotional disturbance. She is a representative of the Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) organization.

Dailey is a school counselor at Alexander Jr. High/High School in Albany, Ohio.

Giglio is the director of the Appalachian Peace and Justice Network (APJN) and a consultant for the Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management (OCDRCM). At APJN, she provides training on conflict resolution, peer mediation and bully and violence prevention as well as doing community organizing around social and economic justice issues.

Safran is a 29-year-old Athens resident who grew up in Athens and graduated from Ohio University with a degree in history. Adam has Asperger's Syndrome and will share some of his insights and experiences from school.

“BULLY” is rated PG-13. Show times are: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (Oct. 1-4) at 4 and 7 p.m.

This screening event is sponsored by Arts for Ohio. Arts for Ohio will provide free admission to any “BULLY” screening for Ohio University students, faculty and staff with a valid Ohio University ID and for any Athens County educators, principals and staff with a valid school ID.

Tickets for the general public are $5 for matinee times and $6.50 for evening shows. Tickets may be purchased at the Athena Cinema located at 20 South Court St. in Athens during regular business hours.

For more information about the Athena Cinema visit their website or contact Managing Director Alexandra Kamody at 740-591-3679 or kamodya@ohio.edu.