Dr. Steeve Coupeau Goes One-on-One with Kim Rocco Shields, June 16, 2016

Best Practices in Peacekeeping Operations at UN Headquarters by Val Murray 30 May 2016.

What inspires you to do this project?

K.R.S.: The whole idea for this film started back in 2011, there was a rash of teen suicides being reported on the news caused by anti­gay bullying.  One of the news anchors shook her head and asked “how can this be happening?  I could have chosen any criteria, race, religion, gender, but I decided to flip the world of gay and straight because I wanted to make this about love, because I wanted it to affect as broad an audience as possible, and what’s more universal than love? The film is crafted so that all viewers can easily connect with our characters’ struggles and vicariously experience bullying ...as if they were being bullied themselves. 

SC: Can you talk about selection of your cast and crew and/or your interviewees?

K.R.S.: We were incredibly lucky to have the incredible Mary Vernieu and Lindsay Graham on our team casting this project, they have such a deep background (Requiem for a Dream, Black Swan, Silver Linings Playbook to name a few).  We wanted to pull an incredibly talented group from not just the film world, or just the television world, but actors with background in music and social media in order to bring this movie to as broad an audience as possible. 

S.C.: What is the biggest obstacle you face to complete this project?  

K.R.S.:  It was incredible to watch the short go viral overnight after it had been leaked.  Even so, I knocked on so many doors, before finding the right financial backer for the movie. 

SC: If you had a message which you hope that viewers would remember about this film what would it be?

K.R.S.: I really hope that people will walk away from this, not just with an intellectual understanding of what it is like to be bullied, or to be in the minority, but to be able to feel and understand it in their gut.

 


 Particular focus was placed on cobalt mining in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Of course, cobalt is used in smart phones, connected cars and computers. Reports by Amnesty International give credence to the fact that children are used in Cobalt mining, a $125 billion industry. It is important to trace the conditions in which the minerals are being extracted says Mark Dummett, a research with Amnesty International’s Business and Human Rights Unit. The meeting highlighted the need to deter child labor in corporate supply chains.

 
 

 
 

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