The Student Body Film Screening at SUNY New Paltz

Tuesday  26 April  2016  6:00 PM
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THE STUDENT BODY, an important documentary on teen body image, will screen at SUNY New Paltz on Tuesday April 26, in the Lecture Center room 102.

Coined the 'Fat Letters' by students, states around the country have begun mandating schools to send notification letters to kids whose body mass index (BMI) doesn’t fall within a narrowly “acceptable” range. When a determined sixth grader
in Ohio voices her protest against the letters, student journalist Bailey Webber is inspired to take her fight to the highest levels of government. THE STUDENT BODY is a true underdog story of two brave girls who take a stand against government intrusion and hypocrisy while exploring the complex and controversial truths of the childhood obesity debate.

The Directors:
Bailey Webber is a student investigative journalist, writer and co-director of The Student Body. Her story of courage and activism has been featured in numerous newspaper and online articles. She has been honored by the National Association of University Women for her advocacy work, is an ambassador for
the National Eating Disorders Association as well as Proud to Be Me in which she has written several articles, blogs, and has participated in panel discussions. Bailey is also an up and coming public speaker and has appeared as a guest on several television and radio shows. Bailey is the daughter of Michael Webber, a motion picture producer and renowned documentary filmmaker. As such, she has grown up around movie making and has storytelling in her blood. he Student Body is her directorial debut.

Michael Webber is an award winning documentary filmmaker and producer/co-director of The Student Body. Webber has produced numerous theatrical films for studios such as 20th Century Fox and Lionsgate. Eventually applying his storytelling skills to nonfiction filmmaking, Webber would go on to produced/directed his “passion project” the hit documentary The Elephant in the Living Room. The film was praised by critics as one of the best films of the year, winning 5 Best Documentary awards and opening as the #1 independent film in the US. Michael has been guest on countless radio and television talk shows around the country including appearances on The Today Show, ABC World News Tonight, NBC Nightly News and Nightline. He was also the subject of an ABC 20/20 special by Emmy Award Winning journalist Jay Schradler.

The film screening is part of Media Week at SUNY New Paltz, hosted by the Media and Journalism Society—a Broadcast Education Association Student Club. Other events during the week include the Media Management Alumni Panel (Monday at 5pm in SUB62/63), the Production and Journalism Alumni Panel (Tuesday morning at 10am in SUB 62/63) and the Keynote Presentation, a conversation with Magnolia Pictures President and New Paltz Alumnus Eamonn Bowles on Wednesday April 27th at 6pm in the Terrace. The keynote will be followed by the Little Rebellion Re-launch Party.

The film had its East Coast Premiere at the Woodstock Film Festival in October 2015.

To learn more about this event, please contact Gregory Bray, PhD, Department of Media and Journalism at SUNY New Paltz.

For more information on the film, visit

The Media and Journalism Society, The Department of Digital Media and Journalism, The College Of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Campus Auxiliary Services sponsor the event.

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