True/False Film Festival Raises $30,000 for "Bully" Families

7 years 7 months 4 weeks ago Friday, April 06 2012 Apr 6, 2012 Friday, April 06, 2012 12:19:00 PM CDT April 06, 2012 in News
By: Jessica Reese

COLUMBIA - The True Life Fund of last month's True/False Film Festival raised $30,000 for the five families featured in the film "Bully." The total amount raised doubled from last year's fund.

According to David Wilson, a True/False Film Festival co-founder, Hickman High School was the first to start this year's fund with $3000 and The Bertha Foundation gave the final donation of $15,000.

The True Life Run, the festival's first fundraising 5k run/walk, raised just over $1300, and the rest of the donations came from the festival attendees.

Wilson said the checks are being written for the families now, and they can use the money however they want.

"The True Life Fund will continue, and we think it has more potential to build. [It] is a direct action kind of fund, and that's the appropriate way for True/False to work with films and donors to give money back to subjects," Wilson said.

"Bully" documents five kids and their families who struggle with bullying.

Wilson said True/False is teaming up with Ragtag Cinema, True/False's parent organization, to have free entry for middle school aged children when the film opens at Ragtag.

Wilson said True/False coordinators have not decided next year's documentary for the True Life Fund.

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