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Frank takes on the challenge to fight the middle-school bully. His friends, family, and a few history lessons may help him succeed. Read more

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Frank takes on the challenge to fight the middle-school bully. His friends, family, and a few history lessons may help him succeed.

Boston, MA Shorts
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Tea Time for Tyranny is a short film about a 12-year old boy named Frank.  Frank stands up against Lars, the school bully, while all his fellow seventh grade students accept being pushed around.In the week leading up to the scheduled Friday afternoon fight, Frank learns about how the colonists stood up to King George’s unfair Tea Tax from their enthusiastic history teacher, Mr. Lewis.  Frank is inspired to rally up all the other middle-school students to stand up to Lars as a unified force.In a twist of morality at the climax of the fight, Frank calls it off declaring that fighting doesn’t have to be the answer.

This project is a collaborative effort from writer/director Richard Woolbert, producer Isabelle Jones, and many talented film students.The script uses witty dialogue and comedic elements to translate more than just an enjoyable short but a message that will soak in to young students about conflict resolution and anti-bullying. The underlying themes are met with an uplifting and inspiring conclusion that violence is not the answer.

With our extremely brilliant and artistic crew we have begun the pre-production process; location scouting, production design, camera tests, and casting.With a track record of high production values we still need your help.We need to raise money to pay for production expenditures, transportation, craft services, props and the little miscellaneous costs that come up along the way with any production. Most importantly we need your help to get this film out there, exhibit, and distribute it.

We hope that you will be a part of making Tea Time for Tyranny happen so that our film can inspire and educate as many people as possible.

Thank You,

Isabelle Jones, Producer

Richard Woolbert, Director

Tea Time for Tyranny

Risks and challenges

As filmmakers we realize that nothing is ever as easy as it seems. Production delays will happen, the weather may not cooperate, and especially with a cast of 20 middle school children there will be some unexpected bumps in the road. We feel though that we are prepared to overcome the risks and challenges that come with accomplishing this film. With every call sheet, equipment rental, and location reservation I always draft a plan B. Our crew has worked with each other on extremely successful past projects and truly is a team.

Our project is a work in progress overseen by a BU Film professor. I feel confident that we will work hard to follow through with this film and I invite you to support us and join this journey.

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