Columbus College of Art & Design premiered the Columbus Police Department’s contribution to the national anti-bullying campaign It Gets Better on Friday, June 7, in the Canzani Center to a crowd of nearly 200 people.
The 20-minute documentary is aimed at lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth and includes CPD-affiliated personnel from officers to dispatchers sharing their stories of coming out to friends and family.
The idea for the video began when Commander Rhonda Grizzel saw other organizations’ and cities’ videos for the It Gets Better campaign and wanted Columbus and her force to become involved. She contacted CCAD Assistant Professor Vicki Golden, whose husband works on the force.
“I immediately said yes,” Golden said. “I told her I was all in and felt like we needed to do this.”
Golden helped by arranging interviews and completing all the necessary graphic work for the video. She pulled in fellow CCAD faculty Phil Garrett to film and edit the project. Garrett got assistance from two students, Photography sophomore Sakhile Vanqa from Taung, Botswana, and MFA candidate Yang Wu from Lanzhou, China.
“I was really proud of Sakhile,” Golden said. “He did a spectacular job creating the behind the scenes video, and I know he felt really excited about spreading this message.”
Golden’s enthusiasm extends to the whole project team; she commented that it could not have been a more perfect project. She plans to continue to brainstorm with the CPD to find other ways their talents can be used to create more anti-bullying and awareness videos.
The It Gets Better campaign is a national movement to communicate to LGBT youth the message that life gets better as LGBT people grow up and acknowledge their identity. More than 50,000 videos have been added to the site including clips from celebrities, politicians, activists, and organizations including President Barack Obama, Ellen DeGeneres, Hillary Clinton, and staffs at companies like Pixar, The Gap, and Google.
To watch the documentary, click here.
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