¡Viva la Revolución! (2019) Runtime: 20 minutes
Throughout my adult life my desire to be a guiding light for children has remained incredibly strong. I have served children from 4 to 18, as a Little League coach, nanny, volunteer at a children’s hospital, and as a high school teacher.
When I initially set out to make, ¡Viva la Revolución!, it was a purely ego driven mission of serving my career as a filmmaker. However, as our team proceeded forward making the film, and people on the project shared their stories of bullying, the film became bigger than me. It became about serving this mission — to work to counteract bullying. From there, we worked to frame the lessons we were trying to teach in a way that they would enjoy and most importantly, directly connect to.
The cast reflects the growing diversity of populations in major cities. It allows kids, no matter their ethic background to see themselves in these characters, which allows the message to connect in a whole different way.
A child’s view of the world really can push us all to think differently, if we would all stop and listen. This film provides a vehicle for us to directly speak to those who have been bullies, bullied, or bystanders, and can immediately work to change the course of the bullying in schools.
“My intention with ¡Viva la Revolución! is to help kids find a new sense of empowerment they may have never experienced before watching the film. My goal is for kids to put themselves in these characters shoes, interpret the message, and work toward changing their environment.”