Producers Guild to fete docu at awards

Bully” will receive the 2013 Stanley Kramer Award at the 24th annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony Jan. 26.

Shortlisted for an Academy Award nomination, the doc examines the effect of bullying on five children and their families, representative of the more than 13 million annual victims of bullying in the United States.

” ‘Bully’ is a powerful and inspiring film that brought much-needed attention to an issue that just about everyone can relate to at one point or another in their life,” said 2013 PGA Awards chair Michael De Luca. “The social action campaign for ‘Bully’ raised significant funding that allowed for over 250,000 students nationwide to take field trips within an educational framework to see the film. ‘Bully’ sparked a movement, sparked a shift in consciousness and rallied people of all ages to stand up against intolerance and hate. It’s a film that I believe Stanley Kramer himself would applaud, and we’re thrilled to recognize it with this honor.”

Cindy Waitt exec produced “Bully,” which The Weinstein Co. distributed. Previous Stanley Kramer Award honorees include “The Great Debaters,” “An Inconvenient Truth,” “Hotel Rwanda” and most recently “In the Land of Blood and Honey.”

“Receiving this award is a tremendous honor,” said director Lee Hirsch, who will accept the kudo at the ceremony with producer Cynthia Lowen. “Stanley Kramer’s films have left an indelible impact on our society and illuminate the extraordinary power of film to catalyze and compel action. I am incredibly thankful, on behalf of our entire team, to the PGA for recognizing our work. I am deeply humbled.”

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