– REFORM, a film about the devastating effects of bullying; growing more horrific due to cyber-bullying.
After Katherine’s daughter Aly takes her own life, she discovers all too late about the abuse Aly endured in school and online. Driven to bring justice to her daughter, she must team up with Dominique, the owner of an anti-bullying advocacy group to fight and amend a new bill to prevent any one else from suffering the same tragedy.
Certainly, I was immediately drawn to telling Katherine’s story! She is a fictitious character, however, the story and her journey were all parts of true stories I crafted together from parents and children I was fortunate enough to speak with on such personal levels about their experiences as victims of bullying.
Thematically, REFORM grapples with the devastating reality of bullying among our children and the daily battles they face in their educational environment which they are forced to attend.
Their struggle occurs every waking moment, whether they are in school or home- due to the easy access of cyber-bullying.
MEET OUR TEAM
DIRECTOR: Elizabeth Thomas-Blake
ELIZABETH is a British award-winning filmmaker and philanthropist based in Los Angeles, having recently completed her 8th feature film.
Her latest feature Evie Rose, starring Oscar-nominated actress Terry Moore, follows the heartwarming story of an unusual friendship during the final day of a 100-year-old woman’s life.
Elizabeth is the founder and resident director of entertainment company Mother & Daughter Entertainment, whose motto is “Making Content That Matters.”
She is, in addition, an Official Ambassador of Awareness Ties for Human Trafficking, and hopes to raise more awareness to the horrific nature of human trafficking to help put a stop to it. Her award-winning short film UNSEEN, addresses the role technology plays in the facilitation of child trafficking, was awarded “Best Short Film” by Film Threat’s Award This!
Being a female director, Elizabeth strives to make projects with at least a 50/50 female cast and crew. A regular on panels at Sundance, Cannes and Toronto International Film Festival, Elizabeth mentors wherever possible, ensuring she sends the elevator back down to all other female directors and filmmakers.
WRITER / CAST: Heather Fusari
Therefore, Heather’s burning passion for film and complete envelopment in her roles will be the driving force behind Dominique’s determination and empathetic connection to other people’s journey’s will allow her to complete such a challenging character as Dominique.
PRODUCER: Sean McNamara
SEAN is an award-winning Irish American director, writer and producer of family dramas, including the break-out hit feature Soul Surfer. He is known as an “actor’s director,” and he has worked with Academy Award winners and nominees.
In 2018, McNamara celebrated the twentieth anniversary of Brookwell McNamara Entertainment, a company he co-founded with business partner David Brookwell in 1998.
Together they have produced 30 feature films for Sony, Tri-Star Pictures, New Line Cinema, Lionsgate Films, Universal Studios, to name a few.
As a result, their television productions, ranging from TV movies to ongoing series, include over 500 episodes for Netflix, CBS, ABC, the Disney Channel, Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network.
CINEMATOGRAPHER: JOEL FROOME ACS
Joel Froome graduated from the prestigious Australia Film, Television & Radio School where he learnt under instructors including Andrew Lesnie ACS ASC, John Seale ACS ASC, Jan Kenny ACS, Kim Batterham ACS and Anthony Dodd Mantle DFF ASC BSC to name a few.
A versatile collaborator skilled in bringing a director’s vision to life, Joel’s work has received numerous distinctions and awards from the Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS).
In 2018, Joel was awarded the highest honor in Australian cinematography by being accredited by the ACS, subsequently, giving him the privilege of using the letters ACS after his name.
Most importantly, his love of texture and light, curious nature, and commitment to craft have placed him behind the camera on feature films, short films, commercials and documentaries around the world.
CAST: Isabella Blake-Thomas
ISABELLA is an accomplished Actress, Singer, Writer, Producer and Advocate. She began her career as the lead in a children’s TV series in the UK and went on to appear in multiple other shows and films. Then landed the fan-favorite role of Young Zelena in ABC’s Once Upon A Time.
Her most recent role is Princess January in Disney+ Secret Society of Second Born Royals. Isabella’s work as both a singer/songwriter and actress are equally on display in her latest child trafficking awareness short film, Unseen.
Isabella is the Official Ambassador of Suicide Awareness with Awareness Ties. Her hope is to shed more light on the prevalent issue of suicide and to help put a stop to it.
Isabella and her mother are founding members of their production company Mother & Daughter Entertainment, where together they focus on “Making Content That Matters.” As a result, they are creating projects that start a conversation and spark change.
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