Monthly Archives: October 2012

Starry Constellation Magazine: Interview With Garrett Backstrom

Starry Constellation Magazine October 11, 2012     GARRETT BACKSTROM HELLO HERMAN by: Jamie Steinberg Q) What are the recent projects that you are working on? A) Probably the most recent projects that I wrapped are these two indie films called Motel Life and Summer Snow. Motel Life is kind of a story about working class brothers who flee their hotel … Continue reading

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Team Spirit With Heart

When Arizona resident Elizabeth Johnson realized that her 16-year-old daughter Chy was being bullied at school, she contacted the football team’s starting quarterback for help. Elizabeth intended only to request the names of those who had been harassing her child, but player Carson Jones had a better idea—he, as well as several other members of the Queen Creek High football … Continue reading

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Mixing It Up: Lunch With A Twist

A huge round of applause for the Southern Poverty Law Center! The rights group’s “Mix It Up At Lunch Day” has attracted a record number of participants this year, and the Hello Herman crew couldn’t be more excited. On “Mix It Up Day,” schools across the nation will rearrange their cafeterias to encourage students to sit and interact with new … Continue reading

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The Amanda Todd Video: Teaching Sensitivity

Canadian anti-bullying expert Theresa Campbell has come under fire after sending a memo cautioning teachers against showing the YouTube video shot by Amanda Todd before her recent suicide. Her reasoning? Teacher can’t possibly know the personal histories of every student in their classrooms, and showing a video that discusses such blatant trauma could cause destructive reactions in sensitive individuals—or in … Continue reading

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Is it Healthy Competition, or is it Bullying?

It’s no secret that most team sports necessitate (or at least encourage) some form of violence or intimidation—be it the check, the tackle, or the off-court hoots and hollers of dedicated fans—but are such tactics acceptable components of the sports arena, or are they simply glorified forms of bullying? This is an extremely complex question, as our modern conception of … Continue reading

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HELLO HERMAN Premiere at the Hollywood Film Festival

“Hello Herman” has made its world premiere! We are proud to announce that the Hollywood Film Festival was a resounding success. Showcased alongside other films whose casts include stars such as Anne Hathaway and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, “Hello Herman” refused to be outshined. Director Michelle Danner, owner of top LA acting school The Acting Studio @ Edgemar, is pictured above with the … Continue reading

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Warning: Health Hazard!

In 1989, the U.S. banned asbestos in the workplace, citing health concerns. Over time, smoking has been eradicated from workplaces, bars, restaurants and other public places, also for health reasons. In this second decade of the 21st century, will we see government bans on bullying in the workplace due to health concerns? We should. The Hello Herman anti-bullying campaign is not focused … Continue reading

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Now is YOUR chance to join the movement!

Looking to get involved in something meaningful? Well, look no further! “Hello Herman” is more than a movie about a school shooting—it is a film that seeks to inspire a worldwide movement against bullying of all shapes and sizes. This is why the “Herman” staff has just published its very first Indiegogo campaign! The film is color-corrected, sound designed, and … Continue reading

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A Workplace is as its Bully Does

Bullying, whether it occurs on the playground or in the office, has a variety of negative psychological and physical effects. Targets of bullying may experience anxiety and depression, as well as migraines, stomachaches, and unintentional weight gain or loss. In the workplace, however, these negative effects often extend beyond the psychological or physical and become serious financial issues. The bullies’ … Continue reading

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The Anti-Bullying Law Dilemma: Or, why bullying restrictions are doomed to purgatory in a divided government.

A recent article from CBS News describes what it calls a “surge of suicides” due to anti-gay bullying . A surge. These are young, American students, around the ages of 13-17 who are ending their lives because of the abuse they are facing from their peers at school. According to Bullyingstatistics.org, the number of suicides credited to bullying has gone … Continue reading

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