The director of the Orpheum said she is honored that the Superintendent of the Sioux City school district, featured in the film "Bully," will be present during a discussion following the film.
The theater will show "Bully" 7 p.m. Jan. 24. The film follows high school students in Iowa, Texas, Mississippi and Oklahoma during the 2009 school year.
"It's a poignant expose of the day-to-day reality of bullying in our schools in all its ugliness," Pip Gordon, Orpheum director said. "It is also a powerful reminder that we can help alleviate bullying in our schools."
Marshalltown High School Principal Aiddy Phomvisay will facilitate a discussion following the movie. Paul Gausman, superintendent of the Sioux City School district, will be present for the discussion. Gausman was a keynote speaker on bullying at Gov. Terry Branstad's anti-bullying summit in Des Moines.
Gordon said the opportunity to have the subject of a film to be discussed sitting in the room is a rarity. She called Gausman an authority on the subject of bullying.
His words carry the weight of having lived through a difficult ordeal and being able to come up with solutions to such a problem. His experience should prove useful to Marshalltown as it continues its Not In Our Town campaign in an attempt to stamp out bullying, Gordon said.
If you go
What: "Bully" film (PG-13); call to reserve tickets 641-844-5919
Where: Orpheum Theater, 220 E. Main St. Tickets: $7
When: 7 p.m. Jan. 24
Why: Part of the Not In Our Town campaign
Only 152 tickets are available. Gordon encouraged those wanting to attend to call in advance to get tickets.