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Falls teen's new film tackles bullying, mental illness

Niagara Gazette - 7/10/2018

July 10--"I Dare You to Open Your Eyes," written and directed by 18-year-old Hope Muehlbauer of Niagara Falls is set to premiere at the North Park Theatre at 11 a.m. on Saturday.

Muehlbauer began making films at the age of 13 with her short film "Zombie Kids" which played multiple festivals and received a great response. She began production on her first feature length film, the anti-bullying slasher "I Dare You to Open Your Eyes" at 16 as a sophomore at Niagara Falls High School. Hope made another short film, a horror comedy "You'll Never Guess Who's Killing You" during her junior year with post-production of the feature film concluding during her senior year.

"I Dare You to Open Your Eyes," produced by local production company White Lion Studios, LLC, tells the story of a teenage boy who deals with bullying in high school, and his strained relationship with his father as they both grieve the loss of his mother to cancer. Hope says of her film, "I think the film is very relevant today as it features themes of bullying, grief, and mental illness. I think the timing of its release is perfect and I'm very proud of it."

Doors open at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Northpark Theatre, 1416 Hertel Ave. Buffalo and tickets will be sold at the door for $5.


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