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Mr. Brown's Class


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Mr. Brown's Class


This film will revisit a powerfully formative event in my life: being bullied daily in one class during my sophomore year of high school. With compassionate curiosity, this short documentary will explore the long-term impact and effect of that bullying on me and all those involved.

Through interviews, stock footage, stills, and my first-person ruminations, the film will raise consciousness about the long-term impact of bullying on those having been victimized and perpetrated, and draw attention to the unacknowledged community of people suffering from those consequences.

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DONATE

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DONATE

Having wrapped principal photography, we're seeking support for post-production through our Seed & Spark campaign beginning next fall.  Ultimately, we hope to bring Mr. Brown’s Class into every possible setting—film festivals, educational institutions, corporations, non-profit organizations—to inspire discussions about the long-term impacts of bullying on all involved.

 Through our fiscal sponsor, the International Documentary Association, all donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.  Please help us bring Mr. Brown’s Class to the community of bullying survivors that they may find their voice!

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Team


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Alexander C Totz

Director/Producer

Trained as an actor at New York University Drama Department (Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute and Experimental Theater Wing), and a director at the University of Maryland College Park, where he was graduated with a B.A. in Theatre. Teachers included Lee Strasberg, David Mamet, Edward Albee, Tim Miller, and Eric Bentley.  Freelance stage director in Washington (Source Theatre and DC/AC among others), then a trimester at the Ecole International Jacques Lecoq in Paris. Background in television and film.  French>English translator by day, more info at his business website.  Award-winning director ("State of Denial"), and writer ("Swamp Existentialists from Hyattsville"), both Washington Theatre Festival.  "Mr. Brown's Class" is Alexander's first film.

 

Randolph Benson

Cinematographer

Randy is a graduate of Wake Forest University and of the North Carolina School of the Arts’ School of Filmmaking. Man and Dog, Benson's thesis film at the School of Filmmaking, has appeared in eighteen film festivals in seven countries. The film has garnered numerous awards, most notably a Gold Medal in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Student Academy Awards. Benson was invited to the Eastman Kodak "Emerging Filmmaker Showcase" at the Cannes International Film Festival where he was awarded an Excellence in Filmmaking Award. He was also selected as one of fifteen directors worldwide to the First Appearance program for new directors at the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam. He has received grants from the Semans Foundation for the Arts, the John G. Welch Endowment, the William J. Kenan, Jr. Endowment, the Winston-Salem Arts Council and the South Carolina Arts Commission. Post production is wrapping on Benson's most recent feature documentary, The Searchers.  More on Randy can be found on his website.

 

Christy Denes

Editor

Christy is an editor with over 10 years' experience cutting documentary and unscripted programming for clients including the History Channel, PBS, CNN, Lifetime, Discovery, Animal Planet, The Weather Channel, NatGeo Wild, CMT, and independent producers. Two of the historical doc series that she worked on were nominated for Emmy Awards in 2015: "The Sixties" for CNN (produced by Tom Hanks) and "MAKERS: Women Who Make America" for PBS (produced by Rory Kennedy). Some of her other work includes: a 2-hour doc for Lifetime about OJ Simpson; a doc series for Discovery about the efforts to rebuild Ground Zero in New York; and a series of short educational docs produced by Ken Burns to accompany his PBS series about America's National Parks. Christy has a fine arts degree from Rhode Island School of Design, where she majored in Photography and ended up working primarily in video.  More on Christy can be found on her website.

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Resources

Looking for more info about the long-term effects of bullying?  Or how to advocate against bullying, or just learn more? #TeamMr.Brown'sClass is proud to recommend the following organizations for further action and education:

  • GLSEN is the pre-eminent organization advocating for and promoting safe and equitable educational school environments for LGBTQ students via outreach, advocacy, and training for administrators and educators.
     
  • The Trevor Project provides accredited intervention resources to youth (ages 13-24) that is confidential and safe, along with advocacy programs to combat bullying and teen suicide in educational environments.
     
  • Beyond Differences works to fight social isolation among middle school students through programs led by students, and promotes inclusion through various national initiatives.
     
  • Teaching Tolerance works to eradicate prejudice and for educational equality among all students nationwide.
     
  • SAGE USA is the nation's largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults.
     
  • The Forgiveness Project internationally promotes humane understanding between individuals in conflict, providing an opportunity for all involved to tell their own stories, particularly those who've been traumatized in any way.
     
  • The ManKind Project, or MKP, is a global non-profit fellowship of men combining ancient iconography and contemporary psychological tools that promotes healing and support among men, with chapters worldwide.
     
  • Bullying Recovery, LLC, is dedicated to helping individuals recover from the long-term effects of bullying, and spreading awareness of this phenomenon.