CC grad, writer-producer of “Bully” to speak on the making of the film

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Colorado College graduate Cynthia Lowen will tell her story of what it was like to make the much-talked-about documentary “Bully,” which details the effects of bullying in school.

The lecture is at 2 p.m., May 6, in Armstrong Hall, 14 E. Cache La Poudre St.

Lowen is the writer and producer of the documentary, which is showing now across the country and in three Denver theaters – Landmark Mayan, AMC Highlands Ranch and AMC Westminster Promenade.

“Bully” is described as a look at adolescent cruelty and adult paralysis in the nation’s public schools. Bully weaves together five stories from different parts of America’s heartland, including grieving families of boys who’ve committed suicide.

The documentary is described by film critic Rex Reed as “a powerful, vital and brave must-see movie.”

Lowen, a 2001 Colorado College graduate, filmed the 98-minute documentary during the 2009-10 school year.

The movie, directed by Sundance and Emmy-award winning filmmaker Lee Hirsch, opens in Colorado Springs on April 20.

“Bully” discusses a growing movement among parents and youth to change how bullying is handled in schools, communities and society. Lowen, whose work has been published in numerous journals, including A Public Space, Best New Poets 2008, Boston Review, Provincetown Arts, and Tin House, will talk about the experience of making this film and will take questions from the audience.