'Reach' producer Maria Capp talks about educating audience about bullying: "It was a decision to shed light"
With October being the month of 'National Bullying Prevention Awareness', the directors and producers of this movie, found the right time to release a movie that deals with such issues.
Johnny James Fiore, Maria Capp, and Grant HarlingJohnny James Fiore, Maria Capp, and Grant HarlingBullying is a serious problem for all those involved; most kids and their families will relate to it, especially those who suffered through it. And when a film opens up with such instances you can take a wild guess as to what the film covers and how the narrative is going to go. Especially if it is about teenagers.
With October being the month of 'National Bullying Prevention Awareness,' the directors and producers of this movie, found the right time to release a movie that deals with such issues. 'Reach' which is set to release on October 19, is a movie that revolves around a teenage boy who has been bullied for a really long time. All he ever wanted was the kindness, friendship, and affirmation of just one person alone.
Starring, Garrett Clayton (Disney's 'Teen Beach' Movies, 'Hairspray Live!'), Jordan Doww ('#HollyWEIRD'), and Joey Bragg ('Father of the Year,' Disney's 'Liv and Maddie'), and Johnny James Fiore. Bojesse Christopher ('Point Break'), Kevin Sizemore ('Miracles From Heaven'), Concetta Tomei, Corbin Bernsen, Steven Thomas Capp ('Fat Camp'), Raffaela Capp, Grant Harling, Rio Mangini ('Everything Sucks!,' 'Bitch'), Natasha Capp, Brent Tarnol, Michelle Danner, Chelsea Cook, Tiffany Phillips, Jully Lee, and Wren Barnes, the movie's main aim was to create awareness and conversation surrounding the repercussions that come with bullying.
The movie does not deal, with just Bullying, it tried to shed light and deal with other delicate topics like struggles with depression, suicide prevention, dysfunctional family, and addiction simultaneously. In an interview with Meaww the cast and producer of the movie reveal what gave them the idea to take up such topics and educate people on it.
Johnny James Fiore who is the co-writer and also stars in the movie revealed that the idea to take up such topics were very much conscious. "I hate to use the cliché you write what you know, but I believe you do, whether it’s a conscious choice or happens subconscious. I like to think everyone’s family is dysfunctional on some level, and it’s important to show that and all of the other delicate topics so the world can see you’re not alone," he said. Johnny even revealed how the day to day things that were happening around the world, fit so naturally to their plot. "We’re all in this life thing together and sometimes it’s messy. As we were writing, more and more tragic things were happening around the world so naturally, it fell into our plot because we were writing about real people/families."
Following suit, Grant Harling who played the role of the drama teacher in the movie also agreed to what Johnny had said about the decision to take up such topics to be a conscious one. "I feel that there are a whole host of elements that influence any of us on a given basis, so it made sense to have all of those delicate topics influence the characters of 'Reach.'" She continued saying, " It also allows us the opportunity to try and connect with as many viewers as possible. I’ve said since the beginning of the scriptwriting process, that if we can positively influence one viewer with this film, the whole process will have been worth."
Maria Capp who is the producer of the movie, then revealed the main decision they decided to take up this topic is because of a high number of students who are under medication for anxiety, depression and all such topics that they have covered. "It was a decision to shed light and show what it is like to be a teenager growing up today. There is a high number of students who take prescription anti-anxiety, anti-depression drugs whether, for a chronic or acute episode, every family has a range of dysfunction in their family, and most teens either know or know someone who knows someone who has passed away from suicide." she then added that all these reasons put together were easy to create a backstory and take these topics up. Because they mirror on what is happening in the majority of teenagers lives.
Watch the trailer for 'Reach' here: