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BULLY PosterIn this film musical, tragedy strikes a typical American suburb when 14-year-old Sam Bradley commits suicide after being repeatedly bullied in school on suspicion of being gay.  The press descends on the town, leaving Sam’s parents and their community scrambling to find someone to blame and some way to move forward.  BULLY has been much anticipated since Broadway World first celebrated the concept cast recording for “relevant and timely themes, an intriguing score, and remarkable talent behind every aspect of this musical.”  Since its Houston premiere, the film has been screened and awarded prizes from numerous film festivals around the world.
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LOG LINE: In this dramatic musical, a bullied high school freshman commits suicide, leaving his family, his town, and his bullies struggling with how to move on.
RUN TIME: 57 minutes 50 seconds with credits
GENRE: Drama, Musical
COMPLETED: September 2017
COLOR: 2K Color
ASPECT RATIO: 1.78:1
ESTIMATED BUDGET: $22,280 (excluding distribution and other post-release expenses)

Additional details are available on this site and on our IMDb page.


BULLY Timeline

2010-2011
Aaron Alon first conceives of the musical and, in March 2011, completes a first draft of the script and lyrics, sans music.

2013
Thanks to a grant from the John Kellett Steven Foundation, Thunderclap Productions produces a concept cast recording of highlights from the musical and a promotional video of a staged version of “It Gets Better,” directed by Justin Doran. (Concept cast audio and video)

2014
BULLY is presented at the 2014 annual Creating Change Conference (February 1) and the “It Gets Better” scene is premiered at the Brazos Valley Pride Film Festival (April 26).

2015
Thunderclap Productions decides to move toward a feature film version of BULLY.

2015-2016
BULLY is cast and a production team is selected.

Summer 2016
BULLY is filmed in and around Houston, Texas.

September 2017
BULLY is premiered in Houston, Texas (September 24-25).  The completion of the film and premiere are supported by additional grants from the John Steven Kellett Foundation, the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, and over a hundred individual donors.

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Film Festivals & Distribution

In 2018-2019, BULLY receives additional domestic and international screenings and over 20 festival awards.  Highlights include:

  • Festival Premiere: Rainier Independent Film Festival (May 2018)
  • First Award: Best Overall Domestic Featurette at the Fort Worth Indie Film Showcase (July 2018)
  • LA Premiere: Best Picture at the Los Angeles Underground Film Forum’s Film Festival (Aug. 2018)
  • European premiere: Thessaloniki International LGBTIQ Film Festival in Greece (Sept. 2018)
  • Indian Premiere: Cult Critic Movie Awards (Sept. 2018)
  • German premiere: Festival Homochrom in Cologne, Germany (Oct. 2018)
  • Romanian premiere: Pride Romania (Jan. 2019)
  • New York Premiere: Manhattan Film Festival (May 2019)
  • Philadelphia Premiere: Philadelphia Independent Film Awards (May 2019)
  • Canadian Premiere: Toronto International Nollywood Film Festival (Sept. 2019)

Oct. 30, 2019 (Tentative)
The film is released on DVD and digital, and the soundtrack is released in a newly remastered recording.

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