'Reach' actor Bojesse Christopher says everyone has to contribute to the conversation about bullying in schools
October seems to be the perfect time to release a movie that deals with bullying as it is the 'National Bullying Prevention Awareness' month,
'Reach' which releases in theaters and digital HD on October 19, is a film that follows a teenager who has suffered bullying for a long time. And all he ever wanted was the kindness, friendship, and affirmation of just one person alone.
October being the 'National Bullying Prevention Awareness' month, this seems to be the perfect time to release a movie that deals with the pressing issue. In a bid to connect to as many viewers as possible, the movie also focuses on other delicate topics like depression, suicide, dysfunctional families, and addictions. The movie is a realistic portrayal of what's going on in the lives of majority of high school teens.
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 of bullying.
Creating a movie that relates to almost every individual is quite challenging, but to create a movie that captures the dilemma of highly sensitive issues is even more challenging, especially in a teen-centric drama.
In an interview with Meaww, actors Bojesse Christopher, who plays the role of Steve Turano, and Kevin Sizemore, who plays the role of Jack Perkins revealed, how it was a tricky subject, an universally relatable theme and how they connected with the story.
To begin with, Bojesse revealed how he was emotionally connected to the story, after reading it once prior to his audition. "I felt very emotionally connected to this overall story after reading it once prior to my audition. My younger sister had just passed away from an apparent overdose leaving 4 kids behind. I felt compelled to speak from my sisters' point of view as well as what my heart needed to express through the imaginary circumstance."
He even spoke about how he doesn't see it as a teen-centric movie alone, but much more than that, even though the main emphasis is on the youth, "I don't really see it as teen-centric. Universally relatable themes for all demographics that intersect at the crossroads of life where an assortment of important and challenging issues can be met together in order to grow in a meaningful way. Certainly, the emphasis is on the youth demo, but we, we're all there at one point in our lives, in our own unique way. We all have something to contribute. Hence something to express. My heart needed it. It was my creative therapy."
Adding to what Bojesse said, Kevin said the film can help a lot of people, especially kids who are going through the same situation. "It’s a tricky subject because the world we live in today is so different than when I was a teenager (and the same can be said for my parents and so on). Kids today don’t talk through or work out issues anymore. They attack one another on social media and ruins someone’s reputation before anyone knows if what’s said is even true. Your reputation is all you have and I feel for these teenagers now because they can’t control what people do, which can lead to kids thinking there’s no way out."
Hoping that with this film, kids understand that one good deed is all that matters, Kevin concludes by saying, "We’re hoping with our film 'Reach', kids know that one good deed can go along way and that there are people that love them and want to listen and help them."
'Reach' hits theatres on October 19. Watch the trailer here: