Starring nobody: Trinity students create movie
Everybody who is somebody will be nobody Wednesday— at least that is the hope of Mark McNeil’s ninth-grade English class.
Responsible for creating a project inspired by their summer reading assignment “Getting away with Murder,” the Trinity Episcopal Day School students chose to focus on the effects of bullying. The book by Chris Crowe details the Civil Rights murder of Emmett Till and the trial of two white men accused of his murder and later acquitted by an all-white jury in 1955.
After reading the book, the students chose to focus on discrimination and the role it plays in bullying.
To do so, the class decided to create a film about two stories — the real life events of Emmett Till and the fictional tale of a student who commits suicide after being bullied because she was fat.
The goal of the film is show the parallels between the two stories and show the dangerous effects of discrimination and bullying in it various forms.
Students developed the script, acted the parts and filmed the scenes. The 30-minute movie will be presented to the high school Wednesday — a day designated a “Nobody Day,” inspired by a poem by Emily Dickinson that goes to the heart of the bullying issue.
McNeil’s class will debut “Getting Away With Murder” at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in the school gym.