Our Edina 2012 recipients
have some very special talents which we would like to
First, here are photos from the
Jon, Keagan &
Roberta, Alec, Keagan &
You absolutely need to
seeAlec Fischer's film, Minnesota Nice? A Documentary On Bullying And Suicide In Minnesota
FILM (46 minutes)
Edina Student Filming
Bullying Documentary EHS senior Alec Fischer is spending his May Term documenting
Minnesota's bullying problem. By Erik Rehnberg;
Edina Patch (edinapatch.com)May 25,
Any way you cut it, running for
middle school student council can be a difficult, stressful experience. For Alec Fischer, that
stress was compounded by seeing gay slurs written across his posters in the run-up to the
It was nothing new for Fischer.
He was bullied throughout middle school, and saw many of his friends get bullied as well. At the
time, he wasn’t sure how to make sense of it all.
"When I was being bullied, I
felt like this was something I had to deal with," he said.
Earlier this year, Fischer
found a way to connect his experiences with bullying and his love of filmmaking with a documentary
film titled Minnesota Nice? Fischer said it "calls for student awareness to the issue [of bullying]
and lets students know that their voice can make a difference."
The film has served as a
vehicle to spread the message to kids facing similar problems that they don't have to feel alone,
depressed or even consider suicide. So far, he’s been able to spread his message: He’s done an
interview with WCCO radio, Kare 11 has contacted him about running a story and Carleton College is
interested in him showing his film to students.
When he and his friends were
being bullied, he said, a major way they coped was by talking to each other, which he cited as
another influence in his making of the film.
"If I could have this much
influence just by talking and listening [to my friends], what kind of influence will this film have
on people who have no one to talk to?” Fischer said.
While much of the film focuses
on gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered (GLBT) students who are bullied, Fischer says that he’s
just as concerned about other kinds of bullying as well, from bullying based on weight to race to
"In reality, you recognize huge
problems [with all kinds of bullying] that we still have to deal with as a society," he
The film’s focus on GLBT
bullying is due to the number of recent suicides in Minnesota due to anti-gay
Fischer plans on premiering the
movie on Thursday, May 31 at the Edina Performing Arts Center at Edina High School. He also hopes
to have a theatrical debut at the Edina Landmark Cinema "sometime in June," but first needs to
secure the funding he needs to rent out the theater.
A donation box will be
available at the EPAC premiere and Fischer is working with online funding platform Kickstarter to
provide the $1,000 needed to cover post-production costs and renting a theater for the film's big
Learn about Keagan
Pott's amazing band, Silent Agency
Silent Agency performing at Art Fair on the
Square - July 2012 - Madison, WI
Evan Bakker - Lead Guitar and
Matt Cassada - Drums, Backing
Keagan Potts - Bass, Backing
“Somehow, this band from
Minnesota puts euro rock, jam band, classic rock, and emo into a bowl and mixes it up quite well.
The very young band is well on its way to becoming the realest deal. My forecast: If they continue
making music for the next 2-4 years, you’ll see them in the ranks of such bands as today’s Animal
Collective, Portugal. the Man, and Arctic Monkeys. You must listen for yourself... If nothing else,
they’re a great conversation piece! Silent Agency ‘Let’s Build A Summer’ is now available on
iTunes. Favorite Tracks – ‘Burn Out’ & ‘Call It Sexy’. Silent Agency – www.myspace.com/silentagencyrock” Love
In The Studio (2011)
Agency at the Depot Coffee House in Hopkins, 12/26/11