Student Body, The Directed
Bailey Webber, Michael Webber USA / 2015 / 85 minutes East Coast Premiere
Times and Venues:
Q&A Attendees *subject to change: Bailey Webber, Mike Webber
SYNOPSIS: LIMITED TICKETS are available at UPSTATE FILMS in RHINEBECK for the Rhinebeck screening.
Tenth grade filmmaker Bailey Webber is on a mission. The investigation begins when her school district implements a controversial mandate forcing schools to perform Body Mass Index tests in a misguided attempt to address childhood obesity. After a sixth grader voices her protest against the "fat letters," Webber recognizes the injustice of telling children they are fat if they don't fall within a narrowly accepted range. Believing they are being unfairly profiled and bullied, her keen inquiry includes a relentless chase after the bureaucrat who sponsored the law. Whether she is staging a vigil at the state house, or interviewing health experts for their input, Bailey never loses her cool. Her dogged pursuit is always done with poise and immense charm. Despite the filmmaker's youth, The Student Body is a sophisticated, smart, steadfast, sensitive, and often humorous chronicle of two brave girls who expose the hypocrisy of grownups who think they are safeguarding the nation's young.
- Ben F. Fischer
BIO: Michael Webber is a motion picture producer and award-winning documentary filmmaker. His credits include the runaway hit documentary The Elephant in the Living Room, as well as numerous scripted feature films for 20th Century Fox, Lionsgate and independent films.
Bailey Webber is a student investigative journalist, writer and co-director of The Student Body. She is the daughter of Michael Webber and as such, Bailey has a deep love for film and appreciation for nonfiction storytelling. The Student Body is her directorial debut.
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