Our Edina 2012 recipients
have some very special talents which we would like to
First, here are photos from
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 social
"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 bullying.
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
Bakker - Lead Guitar and Vocals
Cassada - Drums, Backing Vocals
Potts - Bass, Backing Vocals
“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
Silent Agency In The
Agency at the Depot Coffee House in Hopkins, 12/26/11