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“Bully” producer documents online harassment of women

Building off of her work on the 2011 documentary Bully, Emmy-nominated filmmaker Cynthia Lowen is once-again tackling issues in the cybersphere through a new documentary project entitled Netizens. Netizens follows the targets ...
November 15, 2016

Building off of her work on the 2011 documentary Bully, Emmy-nominated filmmaker Cynthia Lowen is once-again tackling issues in the cybersphere through a new documentary project entitled Netizens.

Netizens follows the targets of cyber harassment, along with lawyers, advocates, policymakers and others, as they confront digital abuse and push for equality and justice online. Online harassment has acted as a barrier to women’s equal access to education, employment and expression.

The film, currently in production, is being funded in part via a Kickstarter campaign which is now live and will run through Dec. 19. Funds raised will go towards finishing post-production, according to a media statement from Lowen. 

Lowen is director and producer of the film, which is being independently produced by Train of Thought Productions. Fork Films’ Abigail Disney and Gini Reticker are executive producers. The film is expected to be released in late 2017 or early 2018.

“One of the most important things we learned from the year spent filming Buly with families and educators across the US, is that the leadership sets the tone.  Today, more than ever, we need the voices and leadership of women. Yet women are being silenced by digital abuse. My goal with Netizens is to expose the immense impact online harassment has on targets’ lives — both online and offline — and what it means when women are not free to participate in all that the internet offers without facing tremendous abuse,” Lowen said in a statement.

Bully, a feature documentary film following five kids and families through “a year in the life” of America’s bullying crisis, was released by The Weinstein Company. It was nominated for two Emmy Awards and awarded the Alfred I. Dupont-Columbia Award for excellence in journalism.

About The Author
Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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