Colorado College alumna Cynthia Lowen ’01 is the writer and producer of the recently released film “Bully.” The 98-minute documentary, filmed during the 2009-10 school year, follows five families and how they each deal with the growing epidemic in America's schools. The movie opens in Colorado Springs on April 20.
“We made this film because we want kids to be able to access it,” said Lowen, who graduated cum laude with a degree in English and an emphasis in creative writing. “We want kids and entire communities to have honest conversations about it, about how kids, teachers, administrators, and parents are feeling.”
Directed by Sundance- and Emmy-award winning filmmaker Lee Hirsch, “Bully” shows the pained and often endangered lives of those who are bullied. It captures a growing movement among parents and youth to change how bullying is handled in schools, communities, and society. The film has been widely covered in the media, with USA Today, the Washington Post, CBS News, and NPR, among others, running stories about it. The New York Times also ran a review of the film, calling it a "moving and troubling documentary about the misery some children inflict upon others."
Lowen is the co-author of the “Essential Guide to Bullying,” scheduled for publication in September. Her work has been published in numerous journals, including A Public Space, Best New Poets 2008, Boston Review, Provincetown Arts, and Tin House. She also is the producer of “Going Home," a two-part documentary about teenage incarceration and recidivism.
During a recent visit to campus, Lowen was kind enough to tell us about how CC influenced her life and career path.