One Life to Live’s Kelley Missal (Dani Manning) had been cast along with several rising young TV and film stars in the Cartoon Network’s world television premiere of Contest, a new, feature-length live-action movie drama, on Sunday, October 6th at 6 p.m. (ET/PT), in recognition of National Bullying Prevention Month (October) and its ongoing commitment to bullying prevention through Stop Bullying: Speak Up!
Contest explores themes of trust, forgiveness, loyalty and redemption presented in a story about a bully who learns to appreciate and understand others not like himself, and a victim who accepts that true friendship can result from unlikely circumstances.
The television premiere event will be followed immediately with a live online Q&A at StopBullyingSpeakUp.com with author and family expert Rosalind Wiseman (Masterminds & Wingmen, Queen Bees & Wannabes) to discuss issues presented within the film, and recommendations on how kids, parents and educators can most effectively address bullying in their own schools & neighborhoods.
Contest is our latest effort to help inspire more open discussion between kids, parents and educators about the issue of bullying,” said Stuart Snyder, president and COO of Cartoon Network. “Along with our other on-going efforts and partnerships, this movie is a new, entertaining approach for us to continue spreading the message that bullying can be addressed effectively when someone has the courage to speak up.”
The feature is set in a small town high school where in-story: athletes are revered and the swim team rules. Within this arena, Matt (Kenton Duty) is a major bully. Tommy (Daniel Flaherty) is his favorite victim. School administrators warn Matt that if he and his friends don’t stop bullying, he will be expelled, destroying his chances for a swimming scholarship. In an effort to salvage his scholarship opportunity, Matt pretends to become Tommy’s friend by joining him in a television cooking contest for teens. Somewhere along the way, though, Matt suddenly begins to wonder if he’s just acting the part or if he is really enjoying Tommy’s company and becoming his friend. As the contest unfolds and stakes grow higher, old emotions resurface, loyalties are challenged and the line between friend and foe is blurred.
Will you be checking out Kelley Missal in Contest and help support the Anti-bullying messaging? Let us know!