Teacher aide Michael Feurstein, who makes films and shoots videos as a side career in his private life, along with teacher Marianne Reidy and social worker Cindy Skala have coordinated the scripting and creation of a video called "How to Unmake a Bully" this school year.
Students in grades 4 and 5 have served as the cast and crew for the project.
Student actors encounter bullies at school and are shown how best to deal with, or 'unmake,' them. The effort was part of a year-long character education program focusing on bullying.
Feurstein says the final version, which could run for a half hour, will debut in mid-June at a school assembly.
"We have interest from teachers all over the state in seeing a finished product," he said. "The pressure's on us...and the kids are stepping up to the task"
Feurstein is a local film maker in addition to his teaching aide duties at Glendaal. He has been voted the #1 Best Local Filmmaker in 2010, 2009 and 2008 by the Metroland Reader's Poll.
He was also voted $1 Best Local Artist of 2010 in a Times Union newspaper Reader's Poll.
His website is: http://www.cucumberalley.com/index.html
Check out the trailer
Here is a short trailer from the video on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/Enzineph?feature=mhum#p/a/u/0/8c2AR62HRlc
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Daily Gazette has written about the project
The project was also written about by the Daily Gazette. [MORE]