RENO — An anti-bullying film created by Washoe County High School students was shown Dec. 16 for the first time at Comm Row in downtown Reno.
With the help of musical artist Parker Roads and the band Rigorous Proof, the screening of the film “Over the Wire” will be an exciting night as students convey a strong message about the impacts of cyberbullying and bullying.
“Over the Wire” relates the story of Samantha, a high school student who is the target of a school bully. Samantha gets bullied from all directions — at school, on social networks and her cell phone.
A previous victim of the bully, Mathew, watches what happens to Samantha and decides to take a stand. “Over the Wire” proves that it only takes one person to make a difference in the life of another.
“I felt it only takes one person to make a difference. I wanted to make a movie that will make a difference and help bring attention to cyberbullying,” said Richard Bullard, the writer, director and editor of the movie, and a Spanish Springs High School student.
The idea for the nine-minute film began in January 2011 when Bullard wrote a script for a film about the issue. Students in Bullard’s media class at Spanish Springs High School had been discussing bullying and the best ways to communicate with their peers.
High school students from throughout the district auditioned for roles in the film in June 2011, and filming took place in August 2011. Roads partnered with the students by writing a song for the film called White Flag.
Clinton Swaim, a Reed High student and one of the leads in the film, said the film’s message touched him personally.
“The important thing to keep in mind about ‘Over the Wire’ is that everything that happens in it can easily become real,” he said. “My treatment at school has always been kind of poor, so it just made sense to me to put me in, to help spread the message the film conveys, which is: be the change you want to see.”
“I am so pleased to be part of a campaign that is going to make a difference in our schools and our lives. Bullying affects us all, but we can all be pro-compassionate and take a stand,” AACT student Delana Pennington said. She also plays a lead role in the film.