Anti-bullying horror film to host LIC event
by Andrew Pavia
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A still shot from the film.
A still shot from the film.
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Behind the scenes during the shooting of Red Head Randy.
Behind the scenes during the shooting of Red Head Randy.
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As bullying continues to be a problem nationwide, the producers behind a new horror flick hope to scare kids into stopping the behavior.

In a slightly different take on a traditional anti-bullying film, Red Head Randy highlights the negative aspects of bullying through the lens of a horror film. For example, one character comes back from the grave to haunt his bullies in a dramatic turn of events.

“This started because we wanted to bring awareness to bullying,” said executive producer and casting director Phillip Hammond, who said he chose to make a horror film because he felt that it would grab the attention of teenagers more than a documentary.

The world premiere of the Red Head Randy trailer will take place at Indoor Extreme Sports, 47-11 Van Dam Street in Long Island City, at 6 p.m. on September 15.

The event will feature an anti-bullying speaker and a presentation on how to prevent bullying. There will be a free laser tag event where participants can hunt down zombies.

The event is just one on “The Read Head Randy Stand Up to Bullying Tour,” which is taking place from September to December.

The actors who play bullies in the film were, in many cases, victims of bullying growing up. Hammond said it was important for former victims to play the aggressors because they have firsthand knowledge of how bullying can effect children.

Actress and the film's songwriter Meredith O’Connor has been struggling with bullying since she was eight years old. Growing up as a child actress and model, she was constantly being told she wasn’t good enough.

“I remember being bullied like a permanent scar,” she said. “This film will hit home with so many viewers, and maybe even save a life.”

The film features a wide variety of bullying, including kids, teens and adults being picked on for reasons such as homophobia or jealousy.

“Other people’s opinions don't matter,” said O’Conner. “Ignore the labels. I know when they treat you like a lower form of life you feel like one, but try to prove them wrong.”

Actress Jackee Minelli was also a victim of bullying. Growing up, she was a starter for her school’s basketball team. However, her teammates were jealous and told her coach during summer practices that she suffered from a heart condition, leaving her four months behind her classmates.

Her mother would find her sleepwalking, dribbling a basketball and saying “They’re after me.”

Minelli now dedicates her time to helping others facing similar problems. She said she wishes there was a film like Red Head Randy when she was growing up that could have helped her cope with her problems.

“I hope to one day help others that were bullied,” she said. “I want to be a positive role model for kids.”

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william minelli
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September 26, 2013
Jackie,u were always a great girl and ur life is just starting...go for the gold Jackie u deserve it..i wish u noting but the best and if u ever need me,im right honey!!!!the best of luck.....lov ya

Gary Biel
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September 19, 2013
I'm Jackee Minelli's biggest fan. I cant wait to see her in the Red Head Randy movie. Congats Jack.Hope there is a sequel. Love you
Jennifer Hoover
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September 19, 2013
Jackee, I am so honored to say that you are my cousin. So happy for you and can't wait to see this movie with my family. You are an amazing girl, don't let anyone tell you different!! Love you xoxo God Bless
Rose Jobs
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September 19, 2013
Jackee,

I love what your doing on issues we have in bullying and the movie you made on it will impact a lot of bullies. You did a great job and I hope that your terrific effort doesn't go unseen for I think what your doing is awesome for all of us. God Bless you and keep up the excellent job. Love ya!
jackee minelli
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September 19, 2013
I wanted to thank everyone that commented bout me it means a great deal to me. You are all great people and so is meredith also in this article is a great inspiration to a lot of kids to she is talented and beautiful.

But again thank you everyone for the support. God Bless
sue smith
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September 19, 2013
Jackee u are a huge inspiration to alot of children in the world they will see that you overcame all of the obstacles that stood in your way and they will see that they also can succeed in life matter what is thrown at them i am such a big fan of yours and so proud of u and everything u stand up for.keep holding your head up high u r on amazing person
Jackee 1 fan
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September 19, 2013
Jackee your story will inspire others to keep going. N to stand up to bulling. N your right there should be more out there on bulling so many children are getting hurt n worse hurting themselves . It so sad. I hope to hear more on your story n to see you in the movie read head randy Your story is heart felt n I hope you make it to the top to help other out. I know u will do it if u get there. Smile smile. Your beautiful person n good person
Hailey T.
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September 19, 2013
Jackee you are really pretty, funny, and the best roll model ever . I think that this movie you made will help show kids and teens that they aren't alone. I think it will make a big difference in bullying. You all are going to make a difference... I know it. Love u lots :)
Amanda M.
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September 19, 2013
Jackee, You are a smart,beautiful,kind,fun, loving girl. You have always been. I am so proud of you for using your life struggles to help others being bullied. You have so much potential! Can't wait for the movie, it is going to be awesome!! Love you:)
chalet Lizette
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September 18, 2013
Jacee me and my dad both love you. Your just wonderful. Keep smiling because when you do, the whole world smiles back. There is nothing you cant do or be. Remember, when you wish apon a star, it makes no difference who you are.
bridgette clark
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September 18, 2013
Im a huye fan of hacker minelli she is a beautiful young lady who stands up for what she believes in i am so proud of her and her accomplishments she is a great role model and my five year old absolutly adores her for standing up to bullying. I cant wait to see the movie and i hope it changes the lives of many. God bless and thank you

bridgette clark
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September 18, 2013
Of jackee minelle Sorry about that
susan biel
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September 18, 2013
Im a huge fan of Jackee Minelli and cant wait 2 see this movie!Thank you Jackee for helping make this world of ours a better place.
stacymcgrade
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September 18, 2013
Im am a big fan of u jackee minelli you are. A wonderful and. And beautiful young lady you a rolemodel to a lot of girls who are being bullied you prove you can over come it and I hope you aee in many more movies I think your fantastic keep being your beautiful self inside and out
stacymcgrade
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September 18, 2013
I cant waiit to see the movie your the best jackee
beanumber one fan
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September 18, 2013
I watched jackee grow up she was this shy young girl and know has confidents in hersrlf and it shows i am so proud of her and can not wait to see the movie.one of ur biggest fans
shellyangels
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September 18, 2013
I believe in you Miss Jackee Minelli. You are smart, beautiful and have many more attributes that make you who you are a wonderful person. Thank you for letting me be a part of your day in watching the trailer. It looks great and can't wait to see it.
Kathiand Chris
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September 18, 2013
Jackie you are an inspiration to all the kids. You are a beautiful person inside and out.

Biggest fan
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September 18, 2013
I can't wait to see the movie I hope it helps other children. Phil Hammond n Raymond Deane has helped children in the movie to feel better about themselves n I'm sure it will help other children to stop bulling others. The trailer was so exciting. Great movie can't wait to see it all The biggest Jackee Minelli fan !!!!!!