About this project
Throughout history, bullying in all its forms - from schoolyard fights to catastrophic international wars - has destroyed millions of lives. Tragically, the global reach and 24-hour accessibility of today's Internet and social media platforms make cyber-bullying an even greater problem because it affects more people and is more rapidly spreading. Victims can easily be abused anywhere, anytime, to an audience of millions, with just the push of a button.
Children who are bullied lose the innocence of their childhood, and many are unable to live with their shame, anger and fear. Left unaddressed, some of the victims commit suicide. Others become bullies themselves, and in their new role, create another generation of bullies.
As children grow older, the likelihood they will be bullied increases. Over half of all adolescents and teens have been bullied online, and many are tormented on a regular basis. Often these victims are too ashamed to tell their parents or ask for help, and can develop severe psychological problems.
Cyber-bullying is also very destructive to the bullies themselves. They can face serious legal charges, along with their parents, even when fake identities are being used. The online attacks teens post now never disappear completely, and can do great damage to them later in life when they apply for college or a job.
The solution to ending this cycle is education.
One of the greatest ways to capture the attention and teach our world about bullying is through film. One healing film that goes viral can quickly impact more hearts and minds than one million classes on the same subject.
After watching “Admissions,” John Viscount’s celebrated short film for peace, the highly esteemed Global Activist, Academy Award® nominated actress, and mother of three adopted children, Sharon Stone, asked John to write “The Principle” for her. She loves the script, and is excited to play the role of the enlightened teacher, similar to James Cromwell’s award-winning role in "Admissions." Ms. Stone and the filmmakers plan to introduce the film to school curriculums around the world.
“Admissions” was funded on Kickstarter in 2011. It has been honored with 26 International Awards, translated into Spanish, Arabic, Hebrew and Farsi and broadcast to 80 million people worldwide.
"The Principle" is the second in a series of peace education films ONE Film Company is creating with PeaceNow.com, which is gathering one billion signatures to create peace departments in governments worldwide. Ms. Stone recently joined the Board at PeaceNow.com.
The drafting of the Global Resolution which the billion signatures support was a collaborative effort between United Nations Culture of Peace working groups, The Global Alliance for Ministries & Infrastructures for Peace, and PeaceNow.com.
All donations made to make “The Principle” are tax deductible through PeaceNow.com's 501-c-3 non-profit status.
Thank you for donating to this important film and supporting peace.
Risks and challenges
The big challenge with crowdfunding is finding ways to ensure your project gets the attention and financial support it requires to succeed, especially amidst all the worthy projects that are out there. Our strategy at ONE Film Company is to focus on universal challenges that all human beings face. We then use film to address these challenges by delivering practical teachings embedded in drama that offer real, lasting value to viewers. One film with uplifting perspectives that goes viral can reach more hearts and minds more than one million classes on the same subject, so we feel film is a superb platform for this edifying use.
The next challenge after creating a meaningful project is to make sure you have the network in place to get it out to a big audience. Fortunately, we have the pre-existing platforms with which to do this. We will be featuring “The Principle” at PeaceNow.com where we are gathering one billion signatures to create peace departments in governments worldwide. This is where we feature our current film for peace, “Admissions,” as a Gift of Peace free screening. The goodwill and positive buzz generated from this has enabled us to cultivate a growing global audience online and also develop strong relationships with other peace organizations.
Our first film for peace,“ Admissions,” was successful on the important film festival circuit where it won 26 international awards, so we are now grateful to have a supportive family of festivals with international audiences with whom to share “The Principle.” Because this new film deals with the universal issue of bullying, which affects every person on earth, most especially parents, we feel “The Principle” has a potentially huge, built-in audience. Being a short drama, it is also perfectly designed for classroom use because it leaves plenty of time after screenings for discussions. Additionally, the teachings in it are universal and understandable in languages across the globe, just like “Admissions,” which has been translated into Spanish, Arabic, Hebrew and Farsi.
We also have an experienced and inspired team behind the film that is deeply motivated to deliver an uplifting piece of work that is truly helpful. Our goal is for the audience to walk away with enlightened tools and philosophies for ensuring their communications and relationships stay positive and empowering. The guiding principle we hope to instill is that the wisest approach for finding lasting happiness in our rough-and-tumble world is always kindness and compassion. The film's theme song, "Love Being," also puts forth this beneficial message. We sincerely hope this time-honored wisdom benefits audiences long after the end credits have rolled and our film's wonderful supporters have been thanked on screen.
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