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What to know: Charming student film about bullying.
Recommended age 10-18
13 minutes
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This is a charming student film about Danielle, a young teenage girl who decides to build a boat because she finds it difficult to make friends, especially when a particular group of bullies makes it difficult for Danielle to fit in. What I enjoyed most about this film is the strong message of how bullying is not the answer and that everyone is a friend, if you get to know them. I also enjoyed the performance of the actor that played Danielle. Her character development is particularly well executed. The production quality of this film is absolutely spectacular, especially for a high school submission. Everything, from the sound quality to the lighting is fantastically well done. I am extremely impressed and satisfied. My favorite part of the film is when Danielle finishes working on her boat and takes it out on the water. She is incredibly proud of herself (as she should be) and ends up creating an awesome boat that does not sink. Another one of my favorite aspects is the strong anti-bully sentiment and the positive ending. This has girl power and conflict resolution all wrapped into one. I give this film 5 out of 5 stars because it goes above and beyond my expectations. It is such a creative idea that translates beautifully on the screen. I absolutely recommend this film for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. I believe it will go very far in the festival circuit. I recommend it for ages 10 to 18, as well as adults. Reviewed by Chandler D., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
Fourteen-year-old Danielle moves with her family from the city to the country. Lonely and missing her former friends, Danielle builds a boat. As she does, the neighborhood bully continually seeks to thwart her plans and make life difficult. But after an unexpected near tragedy, and a closer look at the neighbor bully, Danielle learns that to have a friend, one must be a friend.
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