Despite the fact that they have recently been involved in a dispute over "Bully" R rating, Harvey Weinstein and the Motion Picture Association of America will team up to host a special screening event for the controversial documentary together. On Friday, March 9, MPAA also announced that the two sides will also participate in a panel discussion that will be held after the screening.
Both sides have agreed to play nice for one day for the film's screening in Washington D.C. on Thursday, March 15 though they continue to have disagreement on the film's rating. The invitation-only event will also be attended by a number of Washington D.C.-area educators, parents and students.
As for the post-screening discussion, it will focus on the movie's message and not the debate about peer pressure and bullying in the U.S. The panelists will include MPAA Chairman Chris Dodd, distributor Harvey Weinstein, director Lee Hirsch, local school chancellor Kaya Henderson and childern's health advocate Dr. Joseph Wright.
"Bully" was obtained by The Weinstein Company at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival. After losing an appeal to secure a "PG13" rating in February this year, Weinstein threatened to leave the MPAA and organized petition signature drives by student to put pressure on the MPAA. In return, the National Association of Theater Owners has threatened to give the film an NC-17 rating for its future releases.
"Bully", which will open in the U.S. theaters on March 30, follows five families over the course of one year to reveal how their children are affected by bullying. The film includes shocking footage that reveals not only the bullying itself but the harrowing repercussions it wreaks on its victims.