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Community invited to "Finding Kind" June 1 in Everett
05/16/2012News via City of Everett
EVERETT – The Washington State Youth Leadership Summit will present "Finding Kind,"
a free community event from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday June 1 at the Everett Performing
Arts Center, 2710 Wetmore Ave. in downtown Everett. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
The event includes a screening of the documentary film and an interactive community
dialog on bullying led by the filmmakers, Lauren Parsekian and Molly Stroud. The
event is free and open to all who would like to attend.
In addition to the filmmakers, special guests at the event include: Kim Hopen, Mrs.
Washington Plus America and Raven Hopen, 2012 Washington All American Girl Teen.
The mother-daughter team has chosen the topic of bullying as a platform to open
up the community conversation and encourage people to join in the anti-bullying
"In my opinion, bullying is worse now than ever," Mrs. Hopen said. "Raven and I are
committed to making a difference!"
The Kind Campaign and the Finding Kind documentary are about bringing change to
relationships. The big picture, however, reveals much more: We should all be more
accepting of each other, girls as well as boys. In order to make the world a better
place, we must change ourselves as individuals. It starts with being KIND.
Nearly one in three students admits to being bullied, is afraid to talk about it,
and lists it as a concern regarding personal safety. In a series of interviews
with girls, women and experts, Finding Kind documentary shows these girls have a
lot to say.
In Finding Kind, filmmakers Parsekian and Stroud, who met while in school at Pepperdine
University, set out on a cross-country journey of discovery and education about
Interviewing women and girls along the way about their lives and experiences, Parsekian
and Stroud find among all of the unique personal stories some universal truths
about growing up as girls. Finding Kind is a document of that journey and of the
filmmakers’ quest to take these experiences and find a common ground of kindness
and mutual respect.
In addition to all of the individual girls and women who share their personal experiences
with the filmmakers, Parsekian and Stroud include interviews with respected experts
and authors in the fields of psychology, education and the relationships of women
Parsekian and Stroud have brought their message to more than 30,000 people in more
than 300 schools and organizations.
According to the filmmakers, all of us are shaped by the people around us and the
messages we receive from others. These often unhealthy, competitive friendships
are something that everyone deals with, and it’s an issue that has frequently been
swept under the rug. There is no reason that girl bullying should be considered
"normal" or a "rite of passage."
The Washington State Youth Leadership Summit is an annual workshop hosted by the
Everett Mayor’s Youth Council. The June 1 event is made possible thanks to the
City of Everett, the Everett Mayor’s Youth Council, The Everett Clinic Foundation,
Brien Ford, Rodland Toyota, Dwayne Lane’s, Snohomish County Executive’s Office,
Everett Performing Arts Center, Everett Public Schools, Snohomish County Medical
Reserve Corps, Snohomish Health District, Snohomish County Children’s Commission,
Everett Community College, Edmonds Community College, Providence Regional Medical
Center Everett, Port of Everett, Thrivent Financial-Andrew Brandt and Village Theatre.
For more information on Finding Kind, go to: http://findingkind.indieflix.com/home/
View the Finding Kind documentary trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=woZTiMgWYDo
The film was brought to the screen by IndieFlix, which is a next-generation film
distribution company and one of the largest and fastest growing aggregators of film
festival movies. Through indieflix.com
, a film distribution and discovery site focused solely on connecting people through
movies in a fun way, the company helps filmmakers promote their films and leverage
If you would like to support this Finding Kind event or the Washington State Youth
Leadership Summit, please contact Kate Reardon, City of Everett, at 425-257-8687
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