Welcome to our documentary film development area for Climbing Out of the Dark: The Long-term Effects of Bullying. This documentary film has been in development in Alan Eisenberg’s head for 15 years. But it had to wait, as Alan had to take his own journey out of the C-PTSD that was left in him from seven years of constant youth bullying. Unlike other documentaries about bullying, this one focuses on the after-effects of youth bullying survivors, which continue long after the bullying has ended. As studies have shown, bullying is not a “kids being kids” problem and it can ruin lives into our adult years.
This documentary film will look at the after-effects of a life of youth bullying through the story of Alan Eisenberg’s journey from bullying victim to bullying survivor and finally to bullying advocate and coach for others who suffer from the long-term effects of bullying. The film will explore the aftereffects that bullying scars leave, the mental and physical toll it has on bullying survivors and the bullies, and today’s experts who are studying how this issue is affecting our society.
The Film Concept:
Alan Eisenberg was bullied relentlessly during his years in Lexington, MA from age 7-13. He has a personality of a Highly Sensitive Person and this bullying caused long-term damage (C-PTSD) to him. During the years following the bullying, Alan would tell his parents, sister, and family that he knew somehow that he was damaged by the bullying and decided in 2007 to share his stories on a website, hoping it would release these unexplained feelings of sadness, anxiety, and anger. His website grew into a place where many others shared their issues of the long-term effects of bullying and eventually, the studies that confirmed Eisenberg’s belief that he was suffering from these effects.
His website became very popular (1.4 million visitors) and he was asked to go back to Lexington and be paid to speak about his bullying experiences in 2012. This was a trigger that sent Alan into a tailspin from his C-PTSD that led to stress, anxiety, health problems, and depression. He was too afraid to go back to Lexington and speak and he needed help.
Alan went to get professional psychiatric and psychological help. He slowly recovered over the next few years and discovered he was not alone in suffering from the long-term effects of bullying. As he got better, he realized he wanted to help others get through what he did. He started a company called Bullying Recovery and started researching and writing about recovery, while also becoming a Certified Coach as well as changing his life to better deal with these things in the future. He is an acclaimed author of two books on the subject of the effects of bullying on youth and adults.
The documentary concept would be a full circle of Alan’s journey to speak at his old Middle School in Lexington, MA, while looking at what happened to him and what is now being researched and discovered about many people who suffer from the long-term psychological and physiological effects of bullying.
During the journey to this speaking engagement, the documentary will share the stories of the people Alan grew up with, other people’s long-term damage from bullying and interviews with experts in the research field of the long-term effects of bullying to discuss what Alan knew and felt long before the research into this issue began.
The documentary will also interview the current administration at Alan’s old Middle School, Jonas Clarke, to see what the current bullying climate in Lexington, MA is. Today’s Lexington youth who are being bullied will also be interviewed with discussions between Alan and their families. This full-circle concept of Alan’s inability to go back to Lexington, to his journey to be able to return and speak will be the main theme of the story of overcoming and accepting the damage bullying caused him and others
Sneak Peak at the Opening Credits:
Here’s the opening credits concept for the movie. We are excited to share this with you and will share more video here as we progress. We love feedback, so please let us know how we are doing and if you like the production work so far.
The Production Team:
Alan Eisenberg – Producer/Director
Alan Eisenberg is a graduate of Virginia Tech, with a degree in broadcast media communications. He has worked on several short-form and long-form films for use by PBS, Nostalgia Television, and the United States Federal Government. Alan’s work experience includes being a producer/writer/cinematographer on the PBS show “ParentSense”. Eisenberg has received many awards for his video work, including being named a Top 100 Producer by AV Video magazine, numerous Communicator,