Stand Up! Premiere
May 19th, 5-7pm @ Cobb’s Mill Inn
Featuring The Story Pirates and
guest speaker Joe Pantoliano and more.
APRIL 3, Weston, CT — When nine-year-old Alexander Boston was bullied, he
wanted his experience to help other kids have the courage to stand up to bullies
and to teach potential bullies to make better choices. Alexander wrote, directed
and starred in a 4-minute short film titled STAND UP! which has been adopted
by his hometown of Weston’s school district for their 2nd grade classroom
counseling curriculum. Each year the 2nd graders at Hurlbutt Elementary School
will screen STAND UP! then have a guided discussion about bullying.
Raw Digital, a New York City and Weston, CT based production company
produced STAND UP! which was filmed primarily at Weston High School in June,
2012. All the young actors in the film attend school in Weston or Stamford’s
Rogers International School.
Alexander Boston, a former Hurlbutt Elementary School student said, “I feel
honored my film will educate other kids about bullying.”
Producer Christine Fulton, who is also Alexander’s mother, continued, “Teaching
through the arts has proven to be very effective, especially for this age group.
The kids involved with the production of STAND UP! not only contributed to
what we hope will be an effective anti-bullying resource, but also greatly enjoyed
learning a bit about the movie-making process. This community production
effort empowered kids with some creative ownership of an issue that is very
real to them. We wanted to continue offering kids this valuable experience, but
duplicating the video-making process wasn’t the answer. We approached The
Story Pirates, a bi-coastal children’s theatre company whose process starts with
ideas generated by kids and ends in an integrated stage production, to create
an anti-bullying program and we set up a fund to bring their program to the film’s
associated schools next year, with hopes they can return every year.”
The Story Pirates will perform at the STAND UP! premiere, hosted by Weston’s
historical Cobb’s Mill Inn. Speakers at the premiere will include actor and anti-
bullying activist, Joe Pantoliano, Weston’s Youth Services Director, AND Dr. Michelle
Also at the Cobb’s Mill Inn STAND UP! premiere, local Weston artist Abigail
Duncan will oversee an anti-bulling mural creation by the kids in attendance.
The completed anti-bullying mural will be exhibited in area schools and libraries.
Special musical guest at the Cobb’s Mill Inn STAND UP! premiere will be
Weston Middle School’s rock band, featuring Billy Stark, lead guitar/vocals,
Kiran Edwards, drums/vocals, Andrew Harwood, bass/rhythm guitar and Max
Schlossber. bass guitar. All members of the band currently attend Weston
Middle School and play area shows.
Raw Digital’s CCO and STAND UP! producer, Johnny Boston, said, “Bullying is
something we can conquer by continuing to empower and educate our kids.”
To learn more about or contribute to The Story Pirates Anti-Bullying project,
please contact Raw Digital
78 Lyons Plain Road
Weston, CT 06883