About Finding Kind
In February 2009, two young women, Lauren Parsekian and Molly Thompson joined forces having both been affected by female bullying throughout their youth and decided to create change by giving females a platform to speak out about this universal experience. What began as an idea for a documentary about girl-against-girl bullying, ultimately became Kind Campaign, an internationally recognized movement, documentary, and school assembly program based on the powerful belief in KINDness that brings awareness and healing to the negative and lasting effects of girl-against-girl “crime.”
In this endearing documentary, a pair of best friends (who happen to be queen-bee pretty girls, but no matter) travel the country speaking with middle and high school girls about their pain and the pain they’ve caused others. It’s a sweet, earnest addition to the current anti-bullying movement. A few confessional scenes—little girls in braces pouring their broken hearts into the camera—will stick with you. LINDY WEST (the Stranger)
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- Premiering May 10-24th on indieflix.com, XBox, and Roku -- $6.99 (free with IndieFlix subscription)
- First time ever audiences can view the film outside of a screening
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- Year-round educational and community screenings. For information: http://bit.ly/14fcrwI
- Kind Campaign Curriculum available for year-round use in schools and communities
- Finding Kind has toured around the US and Canada in over 350 schools and communities
- Learn more about screenings with our screening packet: https://docs.google.com/a/indieflix.com/file/d/0B-S6G81Via-vUW9TR3pSbHZCLWM/edit?usp=sharing
About Finding Kind Filmmakers
Lauren Parsekian (Director/Writer/Producer)
Lauren grew up in Laguna Niguel, Orange County, and currently resides in Los Angeles. The way girls treat each other has had a lot of significance in Lauren's life. Finding a way to stop girl bullying in schools across America has been an important Issue for as long as she can remember. All of the careers she has considered have been with one common goal in mind: to foster awareness of the emotional, verbal, and physical abuse within female relationships. Lauren was one of the "popular girls" in middle school. But after the clique turned against her, school became a source of stress, depression, and even frequent thoughts of suicide. Through high school and college, Lauren witnessed the same kind of "mean girl" behavior around her. As a film student at Pepperdine, Lauren realized the enormous good documentaries can do and decided to apply her passion for film to this issue and make a documentary about the way girls treat each other and the way it affects us. Lauren is scheduled to marry actor Aaron Paul (“Breaking Bad”) in May, 2013.
For me, the hardest time was middle school. It’s a funny thing to think about, because ten years later, I can still vividly recall every terrible memory from that time of my life. I truly hope that the message of Kind Campaign speaks to you, and that you know how special you are. I know it's extremely hard to be a girl. It's hard for ALL of us. However, I have confidence that through Kind Campaign we will all come together to create a community and an awareness that will change this problem.
Molly Thompson (Producer)
Molly grew up In Dallas, Texas before moving to California to attend Pepperdine University to study acting and film/television production. Molly's negative experience with girl bullying occurred in high school. Ostracized by a group of girls, she feared answering the phone, going to school, and felt a terrible loneliness. A small core of loyal friends stuck by her, and the year ended on a note of healing and forgiveness. Molly has always had a passion for helping others and for the way film affects people and can inspire them to action, so when Lauren approached her to collaborate on a documentary about middle school bullying between girls, Molly agreed. While working together on Finding Kind, Lauren and Molly saw how open women and girls were about sharing their experiences. They realized that this is an issue that affects females of all ages, and they were inspired to launch a movement to spread the word of kindness. Kind Campaign is the result of that moment of inspiration. Molly is thrilled to shed light on this serious issue and unite women and girls together under an umbrella of kindness. She considers herself very lucky to be working with such a close friend on a project she loves, evidence of the power of female friendship.
I have been extremely touched and inspired by the reaction to Kind Campaign and “Finding Kind.” It is a testament to the serious effects of this Issue and the need for change in the way we as females treat each other. Being ostracized, criticized, or ridiculed should not be considered a rite of passage, and it doesn't have to be this way.
Interested in interviewing Lauren and Molly? Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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Finding Kind Press & Recognition
- Finding Kind Press Release http://findingkind.indieflix.com/media/images/IndieFlix_Finding_Kind_Press_Release_April_19_2011.pdf
- Family Circle http://www.familycircle.com/teen/bullying/finding-kind/
“With two daughters of my own, I have made protecting children a priority of mine throughout my career. As attorney general, I introduced legislation to protect children from school violence. And as governor, I signed legislation requiring school districts to pay more attention to bullying. I appreciate the message of ‘Finding Kind,’ and encourage parents and educators to use this documentary as a powerful tool to address this important topic with children. Fundamentally, this is a film that encourages tolerance and promotes kindness, stimulating conversation within families and communities about putting a stop to bullying behavior once and for all.” -- Chris Gregoire, Governor of Washington
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