'Bully' Director Lee Hirsch, Celebrities and Activists Turn Out for L.A. Screening (Photos)

2:14 PM PST 03/21/2012 by THR Staff
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GLSEN and the documentary film's producers, The Weinstein Company, hosted the event in Los Angeles on Monday.

Amid an MPAA rating controversy, The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) and The Weinstein Company sponsored a screening and town hall meeting for the documentary film, Bully, in Los Angeles on Monday.

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Held at the Pacific Design Center’s Silver Screen Theatre, the event’s hosts included Linda Bell Blue, Kevin Brockman, Dr. Eliza Byard (GLSEN Executive Director), Dana Delany, Donald De Line, Robert Harling, Congressman Mike Honda, Jeri Ryan, Steve Salva (California School Counselors Association), Chip Sullivan, Michelle Trachtenberg, and Aisha Tyler.

Afterward, EW senior writer, Dave Karger, moderated a Town Hall meeting on the film with hosts Byard, Honda, and Salva joining a panel that included Lee Hirsch (Director), Dan Alba (Facing History & Ourselves), Kathy Griffin, pictured above, Brandon Serpas (Student, Schurr High School), and Red Ortiz (Soka University Student).

Actors Justin Bartha, Leslie Bibb, Elizabeth Berkley and singer Sophie B. Hawkins also attended. Guests were able to take photos with the film’s symbol at the event, as well.

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The documentary film follows the challenging lives of five American students who face bullying on a daily basis. Hirsch, a former victim of bullying himself, has said that he made the film for middle school and high school-aged children. Currently, the MPAA is under fire for giving the film an R rating effectively limiting access to the film’s intended audience.

Bully hits theatres on March 30.

Take a look at a few photos from the event below (via Getty Images).

From top, 'GCB' star Leslie Bibb and Bully director Lee Hirsch, The New Normal star Justin Bartha, and Body of Proof star Jerri Ryan.

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